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PIV Card Application and Middleware Interface Test Guidelines (SP800-73-3 compliance)



Ramaswamy Chandramouli, Hildegard Ferraiolo, Ketan L. Mehta


[Superseded by SP 800-85A-4 (April 2016):] The objective of this document is to provide test requirements and test assertions that could be used to validate the compliance/conformance of two PIV components: PIV middleware and PIV card application with the specification in NIST SP 800-73-3, Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification. [Supersedes SP 800-85A-1 (March 2009):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-85A-2
Report Number


PIV, HSPD-12, Smart Cards, Identity Management, Testing, SP 800-73-3, SP 800-73-2


Chandramouli, R. , Ferraiolo, H. and Mehta, K. (2010), PIV Card Application and Middleware Interface Test Guidelines (SP800-73-3 compliance), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 17, 2024)


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Created July 28, 2010, Updated November 10, 2018