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NIST Test Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards



David A. Cooper


In order to facilitate the development of applications and middleware that support the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card, NIST has developed a set of test PIV Cards and a supporting public key infrastructure. This set of test cards includes not only examples that are similar to cards that are currently issued today, but also examples of cards with features that are expected to appear in cards that will be issued in the future. This document provides an overview of the test cards and the infrastructure that has been developed to support their use.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7870
Report Number


Personal Identity Verification, PIV, smart card, FIPS 201


Cooper, D. (2012), NIST Test Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 25, 2024)


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Created July 12, 2012, Updated November 10, 2018