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FIPS 201-3 (Initial Public Draft)

Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors

Date Published: November 2020
Comments Due: February 1, 2021 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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National Institute of Standards and Technology


This Standard defines common credentials and authentication mechanisms offering varying degrees of security for both logical and physical access applications. The draft revision proposes changes to FIPS 201-2, Standard for Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors, including:

  • expanding specification on the use of additional PIV credentials known as derived PIV credentials,
  • procedures for supervised remote identity proofing,
  • the use of federation as a means for a relying system to interoperate with PIV credentials issued by other agencies,
  • alignment with the current practice/policy of the Federal Government, and
  • specific changes requested by federal agencies and implementers.

Request for Comments

The draft of FIPS 201-3 is available for review and comment on the NIST Pages website at and as a printable PDF.

Comments on FIPS 201-3 must be received on or before February 1, 2021. Comments should be submitted on the project repository at Comments may alternatively be sent to preferably using the comment template.

All submissions, including attachments and other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. NIST reserves the right to publish relevant comments, unedited and in their entirety. Relevant comments received by the deadline will be published electronically at without change or redaction, so commenters should not include information they do not wish to be posted. Personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, or names of other individuals, should not be included. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Comments that contain profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other inappropriate language or content will not be posted or considered.



authentication; authenticator; biometrics; credential; cryptography; derived PIV credentials; digital identity; Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS); HSPD-12; federation; identification; identity proofing; integrated circuit card; Personal Identity Verification; PIV; PIV account; public key infrastructure; verification
Control Families

Access Control; Identification and Authentication; Planning; System and Communications Protection