​For Applicants & Employees​ - DPSAC Process Overview​

Badge Enrollment

​Once you finish Prescreening and the investigation requirements have been determined, you must wait until DPSAC sends a notification via email to you to complete the Badge Enrollment process. 

What is PIV/RLA Badge Enrollment?

Badge Enrollment is the process of Identity Proofing, Photographing and Fingerprinting for the PIV/RLA Badge. In summary, the purpose of Badge Enrollment is to tie your biometrics and photograph to your PIV/RLA badge.​ 

All individuals who need access to NIH facilitiesinformation systems, and networks will need to complete the Badge Enrollment Process in order to obtain an NIH PIV/RLA Badge. As part of the Badge Enrollment process, individuals must make an in-person appointment at one of NIH's PIV Card Issuance Facilities (PCIF) to get officially enrolled and added into our system. You may find PCIFs located at the NIH Main Office Location in Building 31 and at Other DPSAC Locations (PCIFs).

The directive that governs the requirement to obtain a PIV/RLA Badge is Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) -Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors.

When will I be notified to complete PIV/RLA Badge Enrollment?

Once your Administrative Officer (AO) completes and sponsors the Badge Request in the NED system, the request will be sent to DPSAC to begin the Prescreening and Badging Process. DPSAC will first determine investigation requirements. Once that has been determined, you will receive a notice to schedule your Badge Enrollment appointment from DPSACScheduler@mail.nih.gov.

  • For new-hire individuals who do not have a prior investigation on file that DPSAC can use: DPSAC will initiate them for a new investigation, and they will receive the notification to complete PIV/RLA Badge Enrollment within 1-4 days of AO Badge Sponsorship in NED
  • For new-hire individuals who have a prior suitable investigation that DPSAC is attempting to use for their NIH position: DPSAC will first collect Prescreening in order to determine the individual's eligibility for a PIV/RLA Badge and employment at NIH. Once this has been determined, then the individual will receive the notice to complete Badge Enrollment (7-25 days after AO Badge Sponsorship in NED). 


What do I need to bring to my Badge Enrollment appointment?

This is very important! Please remember to bring two (2) forms of valid, unexpired, government-issued identification with you to your appointment; one of which must contain a photo. The names on the ID's must match exactly, and the ID's must be an original document (photocopies are not accepted). DPSAC will not enroll you without the correct forms of ID. Please see FIPS 201-3 form for a full list of acceptable forms of ID. Some common examples of acceptable identification include:

  • Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • State ID card
  • Social Security card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Native American tribal document
  • Voter's registration card


Where can I go to complete my NIH Badge Enrollment?

You may visit our NIH Bethesda Main Campus or Other DPSAC Locations (PCIFs) page under our Contact tab for a list of PCIF locations where you can complete your Badge Enrollment appointment. Before scheduling your Badge Enrollment appointment, you must ensure you have received the email from DPSACScheduler@mail.nih.gov instructing you to complete your Badge Enrollment, and also ensure you will have the two (2) forms of ID available as mentioned above. 


What if I cannot travel to an NIH PIV Card Issuance Facility (PCIF) for my Badge Enrollment appointment?

Individuals who cannot travel to an NIH PCIF can at least complete the fingerprinting for their Prescreening at a Fieldprint location until they are able to travel to an NIH PCIF for their Enrollment.  Please read the Fieldprint page under our Fingerprint Services for more information. 


What's the difference between 'Badge Enrollment' and 'Crossmatch/Prescreening Fingerprints'?

In summary:

  • Badge Enrollment includes Identity Proofing, Fingerprinting/Biometric Collection and Photograph for the PIV/RLA Badge at an NIH PCIF only, and on an Enrollment Workstation. 
  • Crossmatch Fingerprinting, also known as 'Prescreening Fingerprinting', is a collection of fingerprints only, for the purpose of running an FBI fingerprint check/criminal history repository check. This is not Enrollment, as Crossmatch Fingerprinting is not conducted on an Enrollment Workstation.  

Because DPSAC needs to tie your fingerprints and photograph to your PIV/RLA badge, your fingerprints will be captured during your Badge Enrollment appointment. The fingerprinting process for Badge Enrollment is different from the fingerprints you submit for Prescreening. Fingerprints collected during Prescreening are known as “Crossmatch fingerprints", as Crossmatch fingerprints only capture fingerprints needed for the criminal history repository check. Crossmatch fingerprints are typically required as part of the Prescreening process before Badge Enrollment is authorized.

Helpful Tip:

Because applicants are required to complete Badge Enrollment and Badge Authorization/Issuance at an NIH PCIF, applicants may be able to schedule their Badge Authorization/Issuance appointment on the same day as their Badge Enrollment appointment on or after their Entry on Duty (EOD) date. This can be done for most cases, but only if the applicant has:

1. Submitted Crossmatch fingerprints in advance during the Prescreening phase,

2. Submitted all of their case documents, 

3. And completed any needed corrections and must have completed the DPSAC Prescreening requirements favorably.

This will allow us time to run the FBI fingerprint check portion required for Prescreening and give the approval/clearance that the applicant needs to get their ID badge if their background investigation checks out.