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Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification



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


[Superseded by SP 800-73-3 (February 2010):] SP 800-73-2 specifies the PIV data model, Application Programming Interface (API) and card interface requirements necessary to comply with the use cases, as defined in Section 6 of FIPS 201 and further described in this document. Interoperability is defined as the use of PIV identity credentials such that client-application programs, compliant card applications, and compliant integrated circuits cards (ICC) can be used interchangeably by all information processing systems across Federal agencies. SP 800-73-2 defines the PIV data elements identifiers, structure and format. SP 800-73-2 also describes the client application programming interface and card command interface for use of the PIV Card. [Supersedes SP 800-73-1 (March 2006):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-73-2
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authentication, biometrics, client API, credential, FIPS 201, HSPD-12, Personal Identity Verification, PIV, PIV card, PIV Middleware, PKI, smart card, X.509


Chandramouli, R. , Dray, J. , Ferraiolo, H. , Guthery, S. , MacGregor, W. and Mehta, K. (2008), Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created September 18, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017