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Introduction to PIV User Guides

PIV User Guides are intended for end users looking to extend use of their PIV card beyond smart card authentication. The guides are focused on U.S. federal government implementations.

Are you trying to solve a problem?

Your colleagues have likely encountered or solved the same problem. User guides exist across government. This site's purpose is to organize tips from agency engineers, help link to .gov or .mil information available, and provide a common site for collaboration.

You can find additional guides across agency websites by using a few simple methods:

  1. Search on the Internet: include the server or application or topic and add “+PIV +CAC”
  2. Search on the Internet: include the server or application or topic and add “+x509”
  3. Search on Max.gov: Max.gov requires you to log in. Try searching for the topic or guide.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, open an Issue. We can help look through the archives of guides that haven’t been posted yet or help you send a request to the government listserves.

Your contributions are encouraged and welcome! You can contribute to this effort or open an Issue to discuss a need you may have for a guide.