HOW-TO: Become a FICAM TFS Approved Identity Service

The FICAM Trust Framework Solutions (TFS) Program is focused on enabling and supporting the security, privacy and interoperability requirements of Government to Citizen (G2C) and Government to Business (G2B) online services.

The assurance needs of such services range from level 1 to level 4, with the majority of services requiring assurance levels 2 and/or 3. The following is a high level overview of the FICAM TFS Approval Process for Identity Services at assurance levels 2 and 3:

Step 1 in the above process can be initiated by contacting the FICAM TFS Program @

A complete overview of the program and of the end-to-end approval processes can be found in the "FICAM Trust Framework Solutions Overview" and "Authority To Offer Services (ATOS) for FICAM TFS Approved Identity Services" documents which also has information on:
  • Streamlined level 1 approval process
  • Fast-track approval process for Financial Institutions required to implement a Customer Identification Program by Government regulators
  • High assurance approval process for PKI/Level 4 identity services that leverage existing Federal PKI Policy Authority processes


:- by Anil John
:- Program Manager, FICAM Trust Framework Solutions