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NIST Special Database 33

NIST Test Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards



NOTICE: NIST is in the process of developing an updated version of the NIST test PIV Cards. FIPS 201-2 was published in September 2013 and stated that all PIV Cards issued after September 2014 needed to be issued in compliance with FIPS 201-2. As FIPS 201-2 primarily differs from FIPS 201-1 by making some features mandatory that were previously optional, systems developed to work with the current set of NIST test PIV Cards should have no problems working with FIPS 201-2-compliant PIV Cards. However, going forward, there is no longer a need for the test set to include examples of cards that do comply with FIPS 201-2. In addition, SP 800-73-4 introduced new optional features for PIV Cards (e.g., secure messaging), and NIST's goal is for the updated version of the test cards to include examples of these new features.


OUT OF STock.  Estimated availability early 2021.  

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The set of NIST Test PIV Cards contains sixteen smart cards that are loaded with a PIV Card Application, as specified in NIST Special Publication 800-73-3. The PIV Card Applications on the smart cards are loaded with test data and keys that are similar to what might appear on actual PIV Cards, with the exception that the certificates on the test PIV Cards were issued from a test public key infrastructure.

The set of test cards includes not only examples that are similar to cards issued today, but also examples of cards with features that are expected to appear in cards that will be issued in the future. For example, while the certificates and data objects on most, if not all, cards issued today are signed using RSA PKCS #1 v1.5, the set of test cards include examples of certificates and data objects that are signed using each of the algorithms and key sizes listed in Table 3-3 of Special Publication 800-78-3, including RSASSA-PSS and ECDSA. Similarly, the infrastructure supporting the test cards provides examples of CRLs and OCSP responses that are signed using each of these signature algorithms. The set of test cards also includes certificates with elliptic curve subject public keys in addition to RSA subject public keys, as is permitted by Table 3-1 of Special Publication 800-78-3. The set of test cards, collectively, also include all of the mandatory and optional data objects listed in Section 3 of SP 800-73-3 Part 1, except for Cardholder Iris Images. Several of the cards include a Key History object along with retired key management keys.

Additional information about the PIV Test Cards is available on the PIV Test Cards web page.

For more information on Special Database 33 please contact:
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Standard Reference Data
Mail Stop 6410
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6410
(844) 374-0183 (Toll Free)

For scientific contact for this database is:
David Cooper
100 Bureau Drive Stop 8930
Gaithersburg MD 20899-8930
Voice: (301) 975-3194 Email:

Keywords: Personal Identity Verification, PIV, smart card FIPS 201

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Standard Reference Data, NIST:
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 6410
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6410
(844) 374-0183 (Toll Free)

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Created July 19, 2012, Updated December 7, 2020