Derived PIV Credentials

Current Status

We are no longer accepting Letters of Interest from technology vendors as part of this project. Companies that have been selected to participate have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA; see an example) with NIST. We are now moving into the build phase of our project lifecycle. 

Read our two-page fact sheet, or download the Derived Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials Project Description (PDF) for more detailed information. If you have questions or suggestions, please email us at To receive announcements about additional milestones, sign up for our email alerts.


In 2005, personal identity verification (PIV) credentialing focused on authentication through traditional computing devices, such as desktops and laptops, where a PIV card would provide a common authentication through integrated smart card readers. Today, the proliferation of mobile devices that do not have integrated smart card readers complicates PIV credentials and authentication.

“Derived Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials” will help businesses authenticate individuals who use mobile devices and need access to controlled facilities, information systems, and applications.

The goal of the building block effort is to demonstrate a feasible security platform based on federal PIV standards that can support operations in federal (PIV), non-federal critical infrastructure (PIV-interoperable or PIV-I), and general business (PIV-compatible or PIV-C) environments.

This project will result in a NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a publicly available description of the practical steps needed to implement a cybersecurity reference design.

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The NCCoE implemented this project with technology vendor collaborators and/or its National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) partners. They contributed hardware, software, and expertise on this project.


Disclaimer: Certain commercial entities, equipment, products, or materials may be identified in order to describe an experimental procedure or concept adequately. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST or NCCoE, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, equipment, products, or materials are necessarily the best available for the purpose.