Access Control & Badge Issuance Branch

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.
  • Reset Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) - your PIN is used to log onto your NIH computer. [Please refer to 'Lifecycle Work Station (LWS)' below].
  • Renew PIV Card certificates  – your certificates are used to authorize logical access to multiple systems on the NIH network. [Please refer to 'Lifecycle Work Station (LWS) below]. 

Helpdesk: 301-451-4766  |

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

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.”


Lifecycle Work Station (LWS)

Most Institutes and Centers have purchased one or more Lifecycle Work Stations (LWS) that will allow their personnel to conveniently update their HHS ID Badge (Smart Card) Digital Certificates and reset their Smart Card PINs at a nearby location rather than make a trip to one of DPSAC's Badge Issuance stations.

Click Here to Locate a Lifecycle Work Station (LWS) 

ICs that want to add Lifecycle Work Station (LWS) operators to the approved roster: 

Send a written request to William Higdon at​​. Please include Daniel Shumate ( and Judie Kuo ( on the 'CC:' line.  Your request should include: 

  • the new operator's name
  • his/her Institute or Center (IC)
  • his/her NED number
  • the operator's e-mail address, building/room and phone number
  • the hours of operation of the Lifecycle Work Station

Once the approval process is complete, Mr. Higdon will inform the Institute/Center that the individual is now approved to operate the LWS.

Need to make changes to the LWS Operator directories?
Before a new operator can be added to the LWS directory, s/he must first be approved by William Higdon (see above: 'ICs that want to add LWS operators to the approved rosters'). For other changes to the LWS Operators directories, drop an e-mail to Daniel Shumate at and let him know what needs changing (e.g., adding new LWS locations, removing operators, etc.). 

The Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Process

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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 screen.