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IDPrime PIV Card

Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable ID Credentials for government agencies, Federal contractors, state and local governments, as well as private sector organizations

Gemalto’s IDPrime PIV (Personal Identity Verification) Card is a FIPS 201 standards-based card for government agencies, state and local government organizations to issue users credentials that the federal government can trust. The same card can be used for either a CIV or PIV-I-based deployment depending on company policies and use requirements. IDPrime PIV Cards deliver high levels of security for identity management and authentication, as well as interoperability and trust with federal agencies and departments.

Uses of PIV

  • Based on strong, multi-factor PKI Authentication, IDPrime PIV cards provide strong proof of cardholder identity that meets federal standards
  • Digitally authenticates users' identity for main information systems
  • Identifies users for a variety of physical access systems
  • Digitally signs and encrypts eDocuments, email and files
  • Works with Federal government PIV-based IT infrastructures, and new and legacy physical access control systems

PIV Technology and Standards

Personal Identity Verification card technology features a dual interface microprocessor chip for use with contact and contactless (ISO 14443) smart card readers, making it easily adaptable for a wide range of use cases. IDPrime PIV Cards are certified certified FIPS 201 and FIPS 140-2 Level 2.



Cryptographic algorithms


  • SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512


  • AES (128-, 192-, 256-bit),
  • Triple DES, double- and triple-length keys with (ECB or CBC modes)



  • ECC (256-, 384-bit), RSA (1024-, 2048-bit) using an on-card security controller with key pair generation and true random number generator


ISO Specification Compliance

  • ISO 7816 contact interface
  • ISO 14443 contactless interface compatible with NFC
  • ISO 7811 high coercively magnetic stripe (optional)



  • FIPS 201-2 and GSA APL Overall Security level: 2 SP800-73-4 compliant and GSA APL certified (Cert. # 1430)
  • FIPS 140-2 overall security level 2 (Cert. # 2970):

    • Roles, Services, and Authentication: Level 3
    • Physical Security: Level 3
    • EMI/EMC: Level 3
    • Design Assurance: Level 3 SCP01 and SCP02 supported with scripting according to GP2.1.1.   Amendment A SCP03 supported according to GP2.2 Amendment D.  ECC (256, 384) Asymmetric algorithms supported and FIPS certified.



  • Improve security and efficiency when working with the Federal government
  • "Something you have" authentication provides protection from unauthorized access to information systems and networks
  • Provides audit trail of individual access activity
  • Easier and more convenient for employees than multiple, complex and changing passwords
  • Easy to deploy for the administrator
  • Thousands of Windows and Mac OS IT infrastructure products support PIV credentials, making it easy to implement
  • Proven performance based on federal standards
  • Availability of complete turnkey PIV solutions with Gemalto products
  • Secure, long-lasting card body uses security features such as guilloches, UV rainbow printing, and Optical Variable Ink (OVI)



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