Acceptance of DoD-Approved External PKI

The team is working towards the acceptance of other PKI certificates with the same rules as vendor issued External Certificates (a DoD government sponsor who is registered with is required).

Large system integrators and organizations who issue certificates that are interoperable with DoD PKI, can be accepted once integrated and set up for acceptance within For a complete map of approved external and federal PKI which are interoperable with DoD see the DoD PKI External Interoperability Landscape located on the Information Assurance Support Environment site. is still limited to supporting DoD only. Any PKI credentials we accept MUST HAVE DOD SPONSORSHIP.

If using an external PKI certificate, you must have a DoD government sponsor who is registered in Forge in order to create an account on Community, SoftwareForge and ProjectForge. Government sponsors must register with their DoD CAC by following the Access Instructions for DoD CAC Users.

Current PKI certificates / PIV Cards accepted by

  • DoD issued CACs
  • Boeing
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • External Certificate Authority (ECA) Certificates purchased from approved vendors
    • Operational Research Consultants, Inc. (ORC)
    • Verisign, Inc.
    • IdenTrust, Inc.

To register for a account using one of the accepted Federal Government Agency or Industry Partner listed above, see Access Instructions for DoD External PKI Users.

To purchase an ECA certificate or to register for a account using an ECA purchased from an approved vendor, see Access Instructions for ECA Certificate Users.

If you have questions about this capability or want to find out if your PKI credential can be added to those accepted by, please contact us at

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