FIPS 201 (Federal Information Processing Standard) standard defines a reliable, government-wide PIV system for use in applications such as access to Federally controlled facilities and information systems. This standard has been developed within the context and constraints of Federal law, regulations, and policy based on information processing technology currently available and evolving.

This standard specifies a PIV system within which common identification credentials such as a CaC or PIV card can be created and later used to verify a claimed identity. The standard also identifies Federal government-wide requirements for security levels that are dependent on risks to the facility or information being protected.

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