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Interfaces For Personal Identity Verification, 2006 Edition



James F. Dray Jr., Scott Guthery, Teresa T. Schwarzhoff


[Superseded by SP 800-73-2 (September 2008):] This document specifies the PIV data model, Application Programming Interface (API), and card interface requirements necessary to comply with the mandated use cases, as defined in Section 6 of FIPS 201 and further elaborated in Section 1.7 below, for interoperability across deployments or agencies. Interoperability is defined as the use of PIV identity credentials such that client-application programs, compliant card applications and compliant integrated circuit cards (ICC) can be used interchangeably by all information processing systems across Federal agencies. The specification defines PIV data element identifiers, structure, and format. This specification also describes the client-application programming interface and the card command interface for use of the PIV Card. This document does not address the back-end processes that must be performed to attain full identity assertion. [Supersedes SP 800-73 (April 2005):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-73-1
Report Number


authentication, computer security, personal identity verification, smart card


Dray, J. , Guthery, S. and Schwarzhoff, T. (2006), Interfaces For Personal Identity Verification, 2006 Edition, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 19, 2024)


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Created March 15, 2006, Updated February 19, 2017