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DSST Scheduling and Registration

Step 1: CLC Payment and Scheduling

Grayslake and Lakeshore

  • Must be done in person, at least 24 hours prior to test date
  • Pay $20 registration fee to CLC Cashier (non-refundable and non-transferrable)
  • Bring receipt to Testing Center
  • At the Testing Center, fill out DSST appointment form with test, date and time to secure your test date
  • At Grayslake, DSST exams are available on select Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please call for available dates.
  • At Lakeshore, DSST exams are available on 1st/3rd Mondays of each month at 6 p.m.
  • Testing spaces are limited to availability and scheduling is done on a first come-first served basis.To ensure availability of testing, it is recommended that you schedule well in advance.


  • DSST testing is done by appointment. $20 registration fee may be paid on day of exam. Please call the Southlake Testing Center to schedule your exam.

Great Lakes Naval Base

  • Active duty military personnel may take DSST exams at the Great Lakes Center, Great Lakes Naval Base and have their fees waived. Active duty military should call the Lakeshore Campus Testing Center in Waukegan for information about scheduling at Great Lakes. Military personnel testing at any other CLC location are subject to the standard DSST fees as listed above.

Step 2: DSST Account Creation and Payment

  • Create an account online prior to your testing appointment at
  • Save your login information; you’ll need it for your testing appointment.
  • Wait to pay for your exam until you are seated at your testing appointment.You’ll need a credit/debit card for payment.

Step 3: Test Day

You will need to bring:

  • Credit/Debit card for payment of exam fee
  • Your DSST account login info
  • One form of acceptable photo identification (See below)

Acceptable forms of ID

  • Must be a government-issued photo ID
  • Current Passport
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • State or Province ID from the motor vehicle agency
  • Military ID
  • National ID
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Unacceptable forms of ID

  • Credit or Debit Cards of any kind
  • Social Security Card
  • Employee ID
  • Student ID
  • Any other ID not listed

Please note:  In order to take a scheduled DSST exam, the ID presented by the candidate must be from the above list of acceptable forms of ID, must be current (not expired) and must include the candidate’s name, signature, and recognizable photograph.

If you have questions about the DSST registration process, please contact your preferred Testing Center.