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GSA Card Conformance Tool

Last Update: May 10, 2021

The Card Conformance Tool (CCT) is a GSA managed, Java tool hosted on GitHub that can verify that a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) or PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I) conforms to the PIV data model per current releases of related standards, including:

  • FIPS 201-3: PIV of Federal Employees and Contractors
  • NIST SP 800-73: Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification
  • NIST SP 800-76: Biometric Specifications for Personal Identity Verification
  • NIST SP 800-78: Cryptographic Algorithms and Key Sizes for Personal Identity Verification

The CCT, in conjunction with the Certificate Profile Conformance Tool (CPCT), also facilitates remote PIV and PIV-I testing in support of FPKI annual reviews, reducing travel and resource time and costs. To request an official report on your CPCT and CCT results, fill out the Annual PIV Credential Issuer (PCI) Testing Application Form and send it with outputs and testing artifacts to fips201ep at

You can download the latest version of the CCT here.

Submitting a CCT Test Results Package

If you are running the Card Conformance Tool as part of the annual requirement to undergo PIV/PIV-I testing, you must email the artifacts listed below to fips201ep at

  1. A completed testing application for each PCI configuration evaluated (See Section 1 of the application for more information).
  2. All accompanying Card Conformance Tool Log files, these reside in the same directory as the extracted package after the tests have been run:
    • logs (directory)
    • piv-artifacts (directory)
    • x509-artifacts (directory)
    • x509-certs (directory)
    • the test database used for the evaluation (e.g., PIV_Production_Cards.db)
  3. The card’s Answer-to-Rest value presented within the “Reader Status” text box (e.g., 3bd6970081b1fe451f078031c1521118f9), which is displayed on the CCT landing page provided a card is available to the test system.
  4. A report (PDF or XLSX) for each certificate found on the card (use the Certificate Profile Conformance Tool (web application) to generate the reports.
  5. High-resolution card photos of the front and back of each card tested.

Helpful Hint

Collecting all accompanying Card Conformance Tool Log files is most easily achieved by zipping the fips201-card-conformance-tool-[Release-Version]-[Release-Date] directory; this is the same directory where you had extracted the tool.


Failure to submit a complete CCT Package may delay review of your testing results and completion of your annual FPKI PIV/PIV-I testing requirement.


For more information about the CCT, see the CCT Wiki.

For step-by-step instructions to help you perform CCT Testing, see the CCT User Guide.

For a detailed video on how to perform CCT testing and how to prepare and submit a proper CCT Test Results Package, please watch this CCT video: PIV Conformance Tool Video.

For further assistance with the CCT, contact fpki at

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