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IDPrime PIV Card

Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable ID Credentials for Private Sector, Government Suppliers, State and Local Governments

Gemalto’s IDPrime PIV (Personal Identity Verification) Card is a standards-based card for private sector, state and local government organizations to issue credentials that the federal government can trust. The same card can be used for either a CIV or PIV-I based deployment depending on use requirements and infrastructure. 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

  • Provides strong proof of cardholder identity that meets federal standards
  • Digitally authenticates identity for information system and enables physical access
  • Identifies users for physical access
  • 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 smart card readers, making it easily adaptable for a wide range of use cases. For compatibility with legacy physical access readers based on Mifare and other technologies, IDPrime PIV Cards are available with a tri-interface option. IDPrime PIV Cards are certified Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated.



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

  • ISO7816 contact interface
  • ISO14443 contactless interface compatible with NFC
  • ISO7811 high coercively magnetic stripe



  • FIPS 140-2, FIPS 201-2 and GSA APL Overall Security level: 2
  • 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) Asymetric 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 MacOS IT infrastructure products support PIV-I credentials, making it easy to implement
  • Proven performance based on federal standards
  • Availability of complete turnkey PIV-I solutions with Gemalto simplifies deployment
  • Secure, long-lasting card body uses security features such as holograms, UV rainbow printing, and Optical Variable Ink (OVI)


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