​​For Applicants & Employees - Services
Access Control & Badge Issuance Office

What We Do:

  • Provide authorized access to NIH facilities to personnel who have successfully completed the personal identity verification (PIV) process.
    • Speak with your Supervisor or Administrative Officer (AO) for assistance with your building access needs.
    • NED Sponsorship must be completed by an AO.
  • Print and issue ID badges.
  • Add and update LWS operators.
  • Reset Personal Identification Numbers (PINs)  your PIN is used to log onto your NIH computer. [Please look under 'Additional Badge Services' on the left to learn more about resetting your PIN at a 'Lifecycle Work Station (LWS)'.]
  • Renew PIV Card certificates – your certificates are used to authorize logical access to multiple systems on the NIH network. [Please look under 'Renewing Digital Certificates & ID Badges' on the left to learn more.]​​ 

Helpdesk Phone Number: 301-451-4766  |  Email: facilityaccesscontrol@mail.nih.gov

Help Desk Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 6:00AM to 6:00​​PM

Locations: NIH Bethesda Campus | Find Other Badging Offices​

​Your NIH ID Badge is the property of the U.S. Government.  Counterfeiting, altering, or misusing violates Section 499, title 18 of the U.S. Code which states: 

“Whoever falsely makes, forges, counterfeits, alters, or tampers with any naval, military, or official pass or permit, issued by or under the authority of the United States, or with intent to defraud uses or possesses any such pass or permit, or personates or falsely represents himself to be or not to be a person to whom such pass or permit has been duly issued, or willfully allows any other person to have or use any such pass or permit, issued for his use alone, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”


The Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Process

Introduction to PIV

Personal Identity Verification (PIV) is a common credentialing and standard background investigation process required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

A PIV card is a United States federal smart card that contains the necessary data for the cardholder to be granted access to federal facilities and information systems and assure appropriate levels of security for all applicable federal applications.

The criteria for PIV cards was established by Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) publication 201, formally entitled Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors. FIPS 201 was developed to satisfy HSPD-12 requirements for a common identification standard for all Federal employees and contractors.

Video Overview of the PIV Process - A Training Module

The HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Overview training module is designed to familiarize you with the common PIV identification standard for federal employees and contractors. The goal of this video is to increase your awareness of HSPD-12 and the corresponding technical standard FIPS 201. 

Click on the image below, then click on 'Begin Training' to start the PIV Overview Video: 
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Click on the image below, then click on 'Begin Training' to start the  PIV Overview Video: 

A script of this PIV Overview presentation is also available in PDF format by clicking on the 'Print' button at the bottom right of the scre​en. 

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