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Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification



William Polk, Donna F. Dodson, William E. Burr, Hildegard Ferraiolo, David Cooper


[Superseded by SP 800-78-4 (May 2015):] This document contains the technical specifications needed for the mandatory and optional cryptographic keys specified in FIPS 201 as well as the supporting infrastructure specified in FIPS 201 and the related Special Publication 800-73, Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification [SP800-73], and SP 800-76, Biometric Data Specification for Personal Identity Verification [SP800-76], that rely on cryptographic functions. [Supersedes SP 800-78-2 (February 2010):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-78-3
Report Number


PIV, FIPS 201, HSPD-12, Cryptography, digital signature, authentication, Personal Identity Verification, PIV


Polk, W. , Dodson, D. , Burr, W. , Ferraiolo, H. and Cooper, D. (2010), Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed June 21, 2024)


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Created December 30, 2010, Updated October 14, 2021