Important Notice: PIV Card Login Required Soon!
Starting January 29th, 2013 you will be required to use your PIV card (HHS ID Badge)
to log into Windows computers at the FNLCR. (The PIV login requirement does not
apply to Mac computer login, Windows servers, or AA accounts at this time.) In preparation
for this transition, a warning message will begin to appear January 8, 2013, if you log into your Windows computer with your username and password
instead of your PIV card and PIN:
In order to log in with your PIV card, you must:
- Have a smart card reader
A smart card reader is a device into which you can insert your PIV card. The photo
should be facing up and the gold chip should enter first. Your reader might be built
into your computer or keyboard, or it might be a separate device plugged into a
USB port. If you do not have a smart card reader or you need help using it, please
contact the Frederick HelpDesk at 301-846-5115 or submit an online service request
- Know your PIN
If you do not remember your PIN, you can reset it at a Lifecycle Workstation. See
below for local Lifecycle Workstation (LWS) locations.
- Have active (not expired) digital certificates
Digital certificates are stored inside the chip in your PIV card and are not necessarily
tied to the expiration date printed on the card. To check expiration dates of your
PIV card certificates, you may open an Internet Explorer browser window and check
through Tools, Internet Options, Content tab, Certificates.
The ActivIdentity ActivClient and Access Card Utility software will soon appear
on all Windows computers at FNLCR. ActivClient allows you to change your PIN and
check the status of your certificates at the convenience of your own computer. The
Access Card Utility allows you to renew your certificates from your computer during
the renewal window, (typically the 30-day period prior to certificate expiration.)
Please note that if you have forgotten your PIN, you will need to visit a Lifecycle
Workstation in person to get it reset.
for online information about your PIV card, ActivClient, and the Access Card Utility.
“Get Smart Card Ready” guides with information to help you with smart card login
are available at this website: http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/ser/dpsac/Pages/Continued-Implementation-of-HSPD-12.aspx
Renew Digital Certificates / Reset your PIN
You can reset a forgotten PIN or renew your digital certificates at a Lifecycle
FNLCR currently has three LWS locations in Frederick:
Bldg 426 Rm 159
Contact x4500 to schedule an appointment
Bldg 362 Rm 40
Contact x1060 to schedule an appointment
Wing E Rm 2212
Contact x1283 to schedule an appointment