The Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Process

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Introduction to PIV

Personal Identity Verification (PIV) is a common credentialing and standard background investigation process required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

A PIV card is a United States federal smart card that contains the necessary data for the cardholder to be granted access to federal facilities and information systems and assure appropriate levels of security for all applicable federal applications.

The criteria for PIV cards was established by Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) publication 201, formally entitled Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors. FIPS 201 was developed to satisfy HSPD-12 requirements for a common identification standard for all Federal employees and contractors.

Video Overview of the PIV Process - A Training Module

The HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Overview training module is designed to familiarize you with the common PIV identification standard for federal employees and contractors. The goal of this video is to increase your awareness of HSPD-12 and the corresponding technical standard FIPS 201. 

Click on the image below, then click on 'Begin Training' to start the  PIV Overview Video: 

Click on the image below, then click on 'Begin Training' to start the  PIV Overview Video:

This PIV Overview can also be read in pdf format by clicking on the following link: PDF document Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Process. (PDF - 9 pages)  


This Page Last Reviewed on March 29, 2013