Enrollment Services (Photo & Fingerprints)

All prospective NIH personnel must be enrolled at a certified NIH Enrollment Work Station (EWS) should they require access to NIH facilities or information systems. The enrollment process comprises of Identity Verification, Photograph and Fingerprinting for the HHS Personal Identity Verification (PIV) badge or the NIH Restricted Local Access (RLA) badge. 

Once your Administrative Officer has sponsored you for a badge and NIH account, and DPSAC completes initial intake process, you will receive an e-mail from our office instructing you to schedule an Enrollment appointment. To find an Enrollment Center near you as well as Scheduling Information, click the link for the Contact Information for either the NIH Bethesda Campus or Other NIH Locations

You must bring the following to your Enrollment Appointment: 

  • Two (2) forms of valid government-issued identification, one of which contains a photo. Visit the FIPS 201-2 PDF to view a complete list of approved identification.
    • Both forms of ID must be unexpired
    • Your identifying information on both forms of ID must match exactly, no exceptions (i.e. first name, middle name and last name, date of birth, etc.)
    • If you were recently married or underwent a legal name-change, you must present DPSAC with two forms of valid government issued identification showing your NEW legal name (DPSAC will not accept a marriage certificate as a form of acceptable identification)
    • If you are using your state issued driver's license as one of your forms of ID, please make sure that it is REAL ID compliant by May 3, 2023
  • For customers obtaining Enrollment or Badge Issuance services at the NIH Main Campus in Bethesda, Maryland: Prior to your arrival to the NIH, please print a copy of your email showing confirmation of your appointment or have the email ready to be presented on your smart phone. Once you have arrived, present your email to the Security Guard or Police Officer at the NIH’s Gateway Center or Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF) to ensure you are expedited through the security screening process. Failure to do so may result in delays or possible denial of entry to the NIH. 

Other Forms of Acceptable Identification

Please see the FIPS 201-2 PDF for more information​.

Remote Enrollment Services 

Remote enrollment badging services have been discontinued until further notice.

  • Building Access Control Changes: To enhance the safety and security of the interior of campus, the NIH will convert the following administrative buildings to a "weekend access control" schedule. Buildings 1, 2, 3, 12A, 15K, 16, 30T, 38, 45, 61, T40B and 82RA will transition to this new access control schedule. In order to enter from the exterior of a building, employees will need to use their NIH-issued identification badge with a card reader, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is the same procedure used to enter the main campus at any of our employee entrances.​​

Note: the only exceptions involve remote coordination of Badge PIN resets and Certificate renewals

Individuals Working with Children

Individuals working with children under the age of 18 will have additional fingerprinting and investigation requirements as part of the mandatory background investigation. Take advantage of your enrollment appointment to complete these requirements on site. For more information, visit our Investigative Requirements for Individuals Working with Children page.

Fingerprint Results

As part of the DPSAC prescreening process, DPSAC will review and adjudicate the results of your fingerprint record in accordance with federal guidelines. Personnel Security Representatives at DPSAC may reach out to you in the event you have a criminal history result. Your results will be adjudicated using federal credentialing guidelines.