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Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Ongoing


New Report on Face Recognition Identification for Paperless Travel and Immigration

NIST has released NISTIR 8381 - FRVT Part 7: Identification for Paperless Travel and Immigration.  As described in this press release, the report describes the paperless travel application, details the kinds of biometric errors that can occur, and includes extensive results from simulations of face recognition for boarding an aircraft and traversing an airport security point.  For more information, visit the FRVT Paperless Travel webpage.

FRVT 1:1

Latest Report [2021-09-08]
APIParticipation Agreement
Status: Open
Next Report: October 2021

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Latest Report [2021-08-05]
API | Participation Agreement
Status: Open
Next Report: September 2021

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Latest Report [2021-09-08]
API | Participation Agreement
Status: Open
Next Report: TBD

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FRVT Quality

Draft Report [2021-08-11]
API | Concept Document
Participation Agreement
Status: Open

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Ongoing responses to a number of questions regarding the our FRVT evaluations are addressed in our FAQs document.

Number and Schedule of Submissions: FRVT is an ongoing activity and runs continuously.  For the FRVT 1:1, 1:N, and Quality tracks, participants may send one submission as often as every four calendar months from the last submission for evaluation.  For FRVT MORPH, the number and schedule of submissions is currently not regulated, so participants can send submissions at any time.  NIST reserves the right to amend submission volume and frequency limits at any time.

Contact Information

Inquiries and comments may be submitted to frvt [at]



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Created December 14, 2016, Updated September 9, 2021