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A Recommendation for the Use of PIV Credentials in Physical Access Control Systems (PACS)



William I. MacGregor, Ketan L. Mehta, David A. Cooper, Karen A. Scarfone


This document provides best practice guidelines for integrating the PIV Card with the physical access control systems (PACS) that authenticate the cardholders in Federal facilities. Specifically, this document recommends a risk-based approach for selecting appropriate PIV authentication mechanisms to manage physical access to Federal government facilities and assets. This document also proposes a PIV implementation maturity model to measure the progress of facility and agency implementations.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-116
Report Number


HSPD-12, PIV, PACS, FIPS 201, PIV authentication mechanisms, Smart Card
Created November 20, 2008, Updated November 10, 2018