U.S. Passport Verification Service (USPVS)

The U.S. Passport Verification Service (USPVS) provides a means for driver license agencies (DLAs) to verify U.S. passport document data against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) back end systems. The service assists states in issuing more secure driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards.

When an applicant applies for a driver’s license, permit, or ID card, the applicant must present documents proving their identity and legal (immigration) presence. Most MVAs accept U.S. passports as identity documents. To verify that a U.S. passport is not fraudulent, the jurisdiction can check via USPVS that the passport number and date of birth on the passport matches the passport’s electronic record, as recorded in U.S. government files.

USPVS performs passport verification using the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol Protection System (CBP Pass) database which stores a copy of the U.S. Department of State’s passport records. 

Getting Started with USPVS


  • On-boarding: AAMVA facilitates the on-boarding process, which include procedures, activities, and requirements necessary to satisfy the state’s USPVS implementation. 
  • Integration and testing: AAMVA provides integration and testing support to transition a state from integration to production by providing interface software and documentation. States can download the web service or UNI upgrade by contacting us.  

Participants


Jurisdictions who participate in USPVS are identified on the IT systems participation map. For more specific participation information, please visit here (available to jurisdiction and federal members only).

Scheduled Maintenance


For when scheduled maintenance on USPVS will occur, please visit here.

Rates


All rates are effective through September 30 and are subject to change thereafter with 30-days prior written notice.

Documentation


USPVS documentation is available below to jurisdiction and federal members only.

file - 08/12/2022

USPVS REST Web-service Specification 1.1

Provides jurisdictions with the description of the REST interface option of USPVS.

file - 12/14/2021

USPVS Jurisdiction Procedures Manual 1.0

Provides the procedures for jurisdictions to use the USPVS.

file - 12/14/2021

USPVS AMIE Specification 1.0

Provides jurisdictions with the description of the AMIE interface option of USPVS.

file - 09/14/2021

USPVS NIEM Specification 1.1

Provides jurisdictions with the description of the NIEM interface option of USPVS. These web services use SOAP XML messages.

file - 01/20/2015

USPVS Web-Based Menu User Guide 1.0

Provides jurisdictions with the user guide for WBM.

file - 01/01/0001

USPVS No-Match Response Guide

A guide for identifying and resolving USPVS no-match responses.

For questions or more information about USPVS, please contact us and select Technology Systems from the drop-down menu of subjects.

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