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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Digital Identity Guidelines: Authentication and Lifecycle Management (NIST Special Publications 800-63-B) (Nov. 17, 2020) (full-text).


These guidelines provide technical requirements for federal agencies implementing digital identity services and are not intended to constrain the development or use of standards outside of this purpose. These guidelines focus on the authentication of subjects interacting with government systems over open networks, establishing that a given claimant is a subscriber who has been previously authenticated. The result of the authentication process may be used locally by the system performing the authentication or may be asserted elsewhere in a federated identity system. This document defines technical requirements for each of the three authenticator assurance levels.

This publication supersedes corresponding sections of NIST Special Publication 800-63-2.