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PIV Standards & Supporting Documents

PIV Card Specifications:

  • SP 800-73-3 - Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification (4 parts):
       Part 1: End-Point PIV Card Application Namespace, Data Model and Representation
       Part 2: End-Point PIV Card Application Interface
       Part 3: End-Point PIV Client Application Programming Interface
       Part 4: The PIV Transitional Data Model and Interfaces
    February 2010
  • Revised DRAFT SP 800-73-4 - Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification (3 Parts)
       Part 1- PIV Card Application Namespace, Data Model and Representation
       Part 2- PIV Card Application Card Command Interface
       Part 3- PIV Client Application Programming Interface
    May 2014
  • NISTIR 7284 - Personal Identity Verification Card Management Report
    January 2006 (357 KB)
  • SP 800-76-1 - Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity Verification
    January 2007 (717 KB)
  • SP 800-76-2 - Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity Verification
    July 2013 (1.6 MB)
  • SP 800-78-3 - Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification
    December 2010 (205 KB)
  • Revised DRAFT SP 800-78-4, Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification
    May 2014

  • SP 800-104 - A Scheme for PIV Visual Card Topography
    June 2007 (122 KB)

PIV Applications:

  • SP 800-116 - A Recommendation for the Use of PIV Credentials in Physical Access Control Systems
    November 2008 (570 KB)

PIV Card and Middleware Conformance Testing:

  • SP 800-85A-2, PIV Card Application and Middleware Interface Test Guidelines (SP800-73-3 compliance)
    July 2010 (1,345 KB)
  • * SP 800-85B - PIV Data Model Conformance Test Guidelines
    July 2006 (1,927 KB)
  • * DRAFT SP 800-85B-1 - PIV Data Model Conformance Test Guidelines
    September 2009 (1.3 MB)

* Note: SP 800-85B adheres to the PIV cryptographic specifications in SP 800-78 and the PIV Interfaces specification in SP 800-73-1. Updates to SP 800-85B are planned once the final SP 800-73-2 is published.


PIV Reader Specifications:

  • SP 800-96 - PIV Card / Reader Interoperability Guidelines
    September 2006 (100 KB)

PIV Accreditation:

  • SP 800-79-1 - Guidelines for the Accreditation of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card Issuers (PCI’s)
    June 2008 (855 KB)
  • DRAFT SP 800-79-2 - Guidelines for the Accreditation of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card Issuers (PCI’s)
    June 2, 2014
  • SP 800-87 Revision 1 - Codes for the Identification of Federal and Federally-Assisted Organizations
    April 2008 (406 KB)
    Please email Agency Code update requests to piv_comments@nist.gov
  • DRAFT NISTIR 7863, Cardholder Authentication for the PIV Digital Signature Key,
    December 13, 2013
  • NISTIR 7337 - Personal Identity Verification Demonstration Summary,
    August 2006 (137 KB)
  • NISTIR 7452 - Secure Biometric Match-on-Card Feasibility Report,
    November 2007 (785 KB)

Derived PIV Credential for Mobile Devices

  • DRAFT SP 800-157 - Guidelines for Derived Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials
    March 2014
  • DRAFT NISTIR 7981 - Mobile, PIV, and Authentication
    March 2014