Quick Guides for Implementing HSPD-12

Get Smart Card Ready

To receive encrypted e-mail messages, you must first publish your digital certificates to the Global Address List (GAL). You will need to do this each time you renew your certificates.

  • How to Publish Your Digital Certificates to the Global Address List (GAL) (PDF - 360KB)

After you replace your badge, or renew your certificates, if you want to read old, previously encrypted e-mail messages you must recover your prior certificates from the HHS Identity PIV Portal.

  • How to Recover Your Old (Expired) Digital Certificates (PDF - 712KB)

Information and Assistance

For additional information, search the NIH IT Knowledge Base for tutorials, instruction sheets and user guides or refer to the appropriate How-To Guide.

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