What are the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements?


The PIV requirements are based on the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) that requires federal agencies to issue secure and reliable forms of personal identification:

  • Based on sound criteria to verify an individual employee identity
  • That are strongly resistant to fraud, tampering, counterfeiting, and terrorist exploitation
  • That can provide rapid electronic verification of personal identity
  • That contain identity tokens issued only by providers whose reliability has been established by an official accreditation process
  • Applicable to all government organizations and contractors
  • To be used to grant access to federally-controlled facilities and logical access to federally-controlled information systems
  • Not applicable to identification associated with national security systems
  • To be implemented in a manner that protects individual privacy
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