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SafeNet 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.

PIV Benefits

Smart cards conform to the (PIV) card standard, FIPS 201, to use interoperable identity credentials. Customers can use the cards for physical and logical access to locations and systems. Although the PIV standard was originally intended for use by U.S. Federal government and contractors, these same cards can be used for non-federal issuers such as state, local and foreign governments as well as the private sector.

Personal Identity Verification: interoperable ID credentials for federal agencies, government contractors, state and local governments, and private sector organizations.
Multi-factor PKI authentication: strong proof of card holder identity that meets government standards, including the U.S. federal government.
Diverse use cases:digital authentication for main information systems; digital signature and encryptions for eDocuments, email and files.
Wide use case support: works with PIV-based IT infrastructures, 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 FIPS 201 and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified.


Cryptographic algorithms

  • SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512

  • AES (128-, 192-, 256-bit)

  • ECC (256-, 384-bit), RSA (1024-, 2048-bit) using an on-card security controller with key pair generation and Deterministic Random Bit Generator (DRBG)

ISO Specification Compliance
  • ISO 7816 contact interface (T=0 ; T=1)
  • ISO 14443 contactless interface compatible with NFC (T=CL)
  • IU high coercivity magnetic stripe (optional)


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 ) Asymmetric algorithms supported and FIPS certified


IDPrime PIV 2.1 card is based on a Java Card platform (TOP DL v2.1) with 144 KB EEPROM memory and the PIV 2.1 applet loaded on the Java Card platform.

Other Features

Global PIN and local PIN

  • Fingerprint and iris biometric containers
  • Up to 20 Key archiving containers


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