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The Restricted Local Access (RLA) Badge: the Short-Term Credential for Short-Term Staff, Summer Students and Some Foreign Nationals 


Restricted Local Access (RLA) Badge information for:

  • Short Term NIH Staff (individuals who will be employed by NIH less than six months)
  • Summer Students (RLA badges issued to these individuals expire September 30 of the year issued)
  • Foreign Nationals (individuals who are in the U.S. for less than 3 years)*

Purpose of the RLA Badge

NIH worked with HHS to develop the RLA Badge in order to meet HSPD-12 security guidelines for individuals who do not qualify for an HHS ID Badge (PIV Card). The RLA Badge is an NIH-issued smart card that can be used for physical access to NIH facilities and logical access to NIH information systems. It looks similar to the HHS ID Badge and contains an embedded computer chip and displays an orange stripe.