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Before you can be admitted to Columbia College, you must first authenticate your identity. To complete this step, you must provide a copy of your valid and current government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, passport, permanent resident card, etc.). Expired identification will not be accepted for authentication.

You can complete authentication in one of the following ways:

Option 1 – Self image

You can provide a photo of yourself with your government-issued photo ID next to your face in the photograph. Be sure to take a clear image of your face with your ID and do not digitally alter your photo with editing or filters. Make sure your ID information is legible by also sending an image of your ID. Photos should be submitted to for verification.

Options 2 – Authenticate online

You can show your government-issued photo ID to your Admissions Counselor in a scheduled video meeting via webcam (e.g. Skype or Zoom).

Option 3 – Authenticate in person

If you are near your Columbia College location, you can show your government-issued photo ID to a full-time staff member at your venue. You can also confirm your identity by visiting a notary public who will complete the Notary Public ID Authentication Form. Completed forms should be submitted to for verification.

Some applicants may be exempt from authentication. However, proof of citizenship status (i.e. permanent resident card, naturalized citizen certification, etc.) is still required for admission review. Military service members (active duty, guard and reserve) applicants from all branches are exempt from identity authentication for admissions review. Veterans, spouses and dependents of military members still need to complete identity authentication as part of their application to Columbia College.

Please note that completion of identify authentication does not guarantee admission to Columbia College. Applicants must still meet all admissions requirements.

If you have questions regarding the identity authentication requirement, please contact the Recruiting & Admissions Division at or (800) 213-735.


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