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FIPS 201 Evaluation Program

The Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) Evaluation Program (sometimes called the FICAM Testing Program) tests and certifies services and commercial products used in PIV credentialing systems, physical access control systems (PACS), and public key infrastructures (PKIs).

For the latest testing news, view the program announcements.

Testing and Certification

We test and certify a variety of products and services such as:

  • Smartcards (secure elements) used in Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and Common Access Card (CAC) credentials
  • Physical access control systems for buildings including readers and infrastructure
  • Service providers who manage, install, or provide hosted solutions for issuance of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and CAC credentials

If you’re looking for testing procedures related to products not listed above, review the announcements. Over the years, some product testing has been deprecated to eliminate redundancy, or the product categories have become stable and represent general commercial use products.

Product Testing

Product testing is performed by either:

  • Third-party accredited testing labs, OR
  • GSA-managed testing labs

If the product passes testing and review, the vendor is granted a letter of certification, and the product is placed on the Approved Products List (APL). The APL includes product information, version, date of certification, and special considerations.

Visit the Sell page for more on testing and certification.

Testing Guidance and Documents

Functional requirements for the products are outlined in each test procedure. Review the testing agreements, and the test procedure for your specific product, and submit the agreement and package to fips201ep@gsa.gov.

Testing Agreements

Review the testing agreements, and sign and submit the appropriate agreement with your testing package to fips201ep@gsa.gov.

Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials

Derived PIV (D-PIV) Credentials

  • Annual Derived PIV Credential Issuer (DPCI) Testing Application Form (MS Word, September 2017) – If you are an agency or organization that currently issues D-PIV credentials and need to complete credential testing for your annual FPKI Audit, submit this form to fips201ep@gsa.gov.
  • Agencies that wish to issue D-PIV credentials should follow these steps:
      1. Perform a NIST SP 800-79 assessment and receive an Authority To Operate (ATO)
      2. Work with your Shared Service Provider (SSP) to obtain D-PIV Object Identifiers (OIDs)
      3. Submit the Annual DPCI Testing Application Form (linked above) to fips201ep@gsa.gov
      4. Submit sample D-PIV credentials for testing
  • Upon successful completion of DPCI testing, the agency or organization will be granted approval to issue D-PIV credentials.

Badge Holders

Physical Access Control System (PACS)

GSA tests and validates the interoperability of PIV and CAC credentials with the software and hardware used to restrict physical access to government facilities. Review the test procedures, choose one of the application packages, and submit to fips201ep@gsa.gov.

PACS Application Package for New Systems

Vendors wishing to submit a new solution are required to:

  1. Review the Product/Service Application Form and Guidance (MS Word, September 2018).
  2. Include one or both of the following, signed by a C- or VP-level individual:
  3. Complete the Applicant Product Equipment List (MS Word, September 2017).
  4. Choose from the following two topologies that best describes your solution:
  5. Complete the PACS FRTC v1.3.3 Topology Mapping Workbook (all topologies) Rev. G (XLSM, August 2018) for your topology.
    • When submitting a product that uses an approved or provisionally approved topology, complete the Topology Mapping Workbook, rather than the PDF version, and submit it with your application. This began with FRTC 1.3.3, and is easier to use. Macros must be enabled when opening this workbook for the form to work properly.
    • Check the Errata Page for the current FRTC.
  6. Complete a Topology Mapping Diagram as specified in Section 4.4 in the Approved PACS Topology Mapping Documents above.
  7. Execute the FIPS 201 Evaluation Program – Lab Services Agreement (PDF, August 2018).
  8. Include the completed form and checklist in the Product/Service Application Form and Guidance in (1) above.
  9. Include all applicable VPAT statements, UL-294, and FIPS 140-2 listing documents.
  10. Submit all forms to fips201ep@gsa.gov.

PACS Application Package for Updates to Previously Approved Systems

Vendors upgrading previously approved systems with an established topology are required to:

  1. Review the Product/Service Application Form and Guidance document (MS Word, September 2018)
  2. Include one or both of the following, signed by a C- or VP-level individual:
  3. Complete the Applicant Product Equipment List (MS Word, September 2017).
  4. Complete the PACS FRTC v1.3.3 Topology Mapping Workbook (all topologies) Rev. G (XLSM, February 2019)2,3 for your topology.
  5. Execute the FIPS 201 Evaluation Program – Lab Services Agreement (PDF, August 2018).
  6. Include the completed form and checklist in the Product/Service Application Form and Guidance document in (1) above.
  7. Include all applicable VPAT statements, UL-294 listing, and FIPS 140-2 listing documents.
  8. Submit all forms to fips201ep@gsa.gov.

Test Card Loaners

GSA can loan you test cards to help you pre-test your physical access control system products.

Page Reviewed/Updated: November 25, 2019