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USAccess Credentials

As part of the background investigation, the Federal Government requires all prospective Federal employees to have a picture and fingerprints on file. This process is initiated through USAccess.

Once Human Resources enters your information into the USAccess system, you will receive an e-mail from informing you that your USAccess sponsorship is complete. Once you receive this e-mail, you are now ready to enroll for your USAccess credential.

There are four (4) steps to complete prior to visiting an enrollment workstation to enroll for your Personal Identification Verification (PIV) credential.

STEP 1: Review Your Data

Once you receive the e-mail, please verify the information included in the e-mail is correct. If it is incorrect, please contact the Sponsor, whose name and contact information is listed in the e-mail, to make any necessary changes.

STEP 2: Make an Appointment

After you receive your e-mail, schedule an appointment  at to get your picture and fingerprints taken for your PIV credential. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you may visit a USAccess Credentialing Center nearest to you. To learn how to make an appointment, visit the Credential Appointment page on the USAccess website at

STEP 3: What to Bring To Your Appointment

Please bring two forms of ID to enroll for your USAccess credential. Two forms are required to validate your identity, one of which must be a Government-issued photo ID.

NOTE: Your first and last names MUST match the names on the identity documents you submit for enrollment. To review a complete list of acceptable forms of identity documentation and policies regarding presentation of names on these documents, please go to the following link:

STEP 4: Check USAccess Website on Day of your Appointment

We recommend that you check the Service Advisory section titled "Credentialing Centers Closed" located at the top of the USAccess website home page at on the day of your appointment to verify there are no service or centers issues that could affect your appointment. If your appointment is affected, you should receive an e-mail asking you to reschedule, but you may also check the USAccess website as well. It has up to the minute information on credentialing center closings and system outages.

Need to Reschedule Your Enrollment Appointment?

You must reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your original appointment To reschedule, please visit the GSA Online Scheduling System at

NOTE: You will need to delete your existing appointment before selecting a new day and time. If your e-mail system does not support URL links, simply copy this link and paste it into your web browser:

Last Modified: 1/10/2013 4:40 PM