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Guidelines for the Accreditation of Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers



Ramaswamy Chandramouli, Dennis Bailey, Nabil Ghadiali, Dennis K. Branstad


[Superseded by SP 800-79-2 (July 2015):] The purpose of this publication is to provide appropriate and useful guidelines for accrediting the reliability of issuers of Personal Identity Verification cards that are established to collect, store, and disseminate personal identity credentials and issue smart cards, based on the standards published in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). These issuers, who are the target of assessment and accreditation, are called Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers or PCIs. The reliability of PCIs is of utmost importance when one organization (e.g., a Federal agency or Federal contractor) is required to trust the identity credentials and cards of individuals that were created and issued, respectively, by another organization. This trust will only exist if organizations relying on the credentials and cards issued by a given organization have the necessary level of assurance that the reliability of the issuing organization has been established through a formal accreditation process. [Supersedes SP 800-79 (July 2005):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-79-1
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accreditation, credentials, HSPD-12, PCI, Personal Identity Verification, PIV, security assessment


Chandramouli, R. , Bailey, D. , Ghadiali, N. and Branstad, D. (2008), Guidelines for the Accreditation of Personal Identity Verification Card Issuers, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created June 18, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017