Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV Card)
Definition - What does Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV Card) mean?
A personal identity verification card (PIV card) is a specific type of smart card technology that allows individuals to gain access to U.S. federal resources and facilities. U.S. law related to the Department of Homeland Security requires that PIV cards conform to Federal Information Processing Standards, or FIPS 201, in order to provide standardized security for a full range of federal employees and contractors.
Techopedia explains Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV Card)
A PIV card is also sometimes associated with or contrasted to a similar type of smart card called the common access card (CAC). Although similar, these two types of identification cards are used differently, according to the particular type of federal employee or contractor who is carrying them. Generally, CAC cards are associated with Department of Defense or military workers, while civilian federal employees may carry a PIV card.