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Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification



Ramaswamy Chandramouli, David A. Cooper, James F. Dray Jr., Hildegard Ferraiolo, Scott Guthery, William I. MacGregor, Ketan Mehta


[Superseded by SP 800-73-4 (May 2015):] FIPS 201, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors, defines procedures for the PIV lifecycle activities including identity proofing, registration, PIV Card issuance, and PIV Card usage. FIPS 201 also specifies that the identity credentials must be stored on a smart card. SP 800-73-3 contains the technical specifications to interface with the smart card to retrieve and use the identity credentials. The specifications reflect the design goals of interoperability and PIV Card functions. The goals are addressed by specifying a PIV data model, card edge interface, and application programming interface. Moreover, SP 800-73-3 enumerates requirements where the standards include options and branches. SP 800-73-3 comprises four parts: Part 1, End-Point PIV Card Application Namespace, Data Model and Representation; Part 2, End-Point PIV Card Application Card Command Interface; Part 3, End-Point Client Application Programming Interface; Part 4, The PIV Transitional Data Model and Interfaces. [Supersedes SP 800-73-2 (September 2008):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-73-3
Report Number


HSPD-12, PIV, PACS, FIPS 201, PIV authentication mechanisms, Smart Card


Chandramouli, R. , Cooper, D. , Dray, J. , Ferraiolo, H. , Guthery, S. , MacGregor, W. and Mehta, K. (2010), Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created February 19, 2010, Updated November 10, 2018