​​For Administrators - Understanding DPSAC Services

Introduction on Badges

The HHS ID Badge, or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, serves as the common government identification for all HHS agencies, providing both physical and logical (NIH Network and IT systems) access.

The following information will be on the applicant's HHS ID badge:

  • Their photograph
  • Their full name
  • Their Operating Division (NIH)
  • Badge expiration date
  • Badge serial number
  • Federal agency smart credential number (which uniquely identifies your OPDIV and you)
  • An authentication key
  • Two electronic fingerprints

The following information will NOT be on their ID badge:

  • Social Security Number
  • Address
  • Phone number

NIH Badging Authority by Classification Table

All position classifications at NIH, along with examples, can be viewed by clicking on the following link: NIH Badging Authority by Classification Table (pdf)​. To further understand position classifications, please visit our 'Position Classifications and Badge Types' page under  the 'Onboarding New Staff' section of our website. This table also identifies the corresponding Badging Authority – DPSAC or the NIH Police Department – for each classification. The Badging Authority is the organization responsible for coordinating the necessary background check and authorizing the issuance of an ID badge. Once authorized, the applicant will be instructed on where to pick up his or her ID badge.

Restricted Local Access (RLA) Badge

The RLA serves the same purpose as the PIV Card, providing both physical and logical (NIH Network and IT systems) access. Individuals who are eligible for this badge include:

  • Foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for less than (3) years. (Note: please visit the Division of International Services (DIS) website​ for information about the badging process for foreign nationals). 
  • Summer Students 
  • Short-term staff (at NIH for less than six months).
  • Volunteers and Tenants

Foreign Nationals – Initial Request or Renewals

  • PIV cards with a blue stripe are issued to all eligible foreign nationals (i.e., foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for more than three (3) years
    (Note: Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are considered foreign nationals)
  • Foreign nationals who have been in the U.S. three (3) years or more will receive an HHS ID Badge/PIV Card initially or when their RLA Badge expires
  • Foreign nationals who have been in the U.S. less than three (3) years will be issued an RLA badge with a three-year expiration date. Beyond three years, if the individual is still at NIH, s/he will be issued a PIV card after undergoing the appropriate background investigation

Summer Students

Summer Students will undergo a fingerprint check administered by the Division of Personnel Security and Access Control (DPSAC) in order to receive an NIH Restricted Local Access (RLA) ID Badge. The RLA Badge will be valid for the duration of the Summer Student’s appointment, but will expire no later than September 30 of the year it is issued. The badge will provide perimeter physical areas to NIH as well as logical access to the NIH IT network.

Summer Students at Remote Satellite Locations

Summer Students who will be reporting to remote satellite locations [Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), NIEHS-Research Triangle Park (RTP), etc.] will receive fingerprint checks administered by appropriate local security staff. DPSAC will review the results of the fingerprint check and notify the students when they have been authorized for an RLA Badge. These satellite locations will have local badging stations. Summer Students working at these locations should contact their local security office for information on where to obtain an RLA ID Badge and/or schedule an appointment. For contact information, click here.

Foreign Summer Students

Foreign Summer Students will be processed through the Division of International Services (DIS); however, they too will undergo a fingerprint check. For more information, please refer to the Division of International Services (DIS) website.