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Maintaining and Using Key History on Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards



David A. Cooper


NIST Special Publication 800-73-3 introduces the ability to store retired Key Management Keys within the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card Application on a PIV Card. This paper complements SP 800-73-3 by providing some of the rationale for the design of the mechanism for storing retired Key Management Keys on PIV Cards and by providing suggestions to smart card vendors, PIV Card Issuers, and middleware developers on the use of the Key History mechanism
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7676
Report Number


key management, Personal Identity Verification, PIV, smart cards


Cooper, D. (2010), Maintaining and Using Key History on Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created June 18, 2010, Updated November 10, 2018