Note: AMS accepts the use of some externally-issued HSPD-12 access cards to log into the site, however, those must be registered with AMS prior to first use.
Insert your HSPD-12 access card into your computer's card reader and, on the AMS login page (https://ams.hhs.gov), click the "Login" button on the "HSPD-12 Access Card" tab. For quick and easy access to your applications, add this page to your browser favorites or create a desktop shortcut.
Select your certificate from the "Select a Certificate" pop-up window and click "OK."
Note: If you are having trouble identifying the correct certificate from the listed presented to you in the pop-up window, please contact your local IT helpdesk.
To complete the login process, enter your PIN in the "Microsoft Smart Card Provider" pop-up window and click "OK."
You are now logged into AMS and can access your applications from your AMS homepage by clicking on their respective links.
For Non-HHS users using an externally issued PIV card, proceed as described in steps 1 and 2 under "I. Logging into AMS with an HHS-issued HSPD-12 Access Card" to reach the "First-time only: Link your HSPD-12 access card to your AMS Profile" page. To begin the one-time registration process, enter your information in the required fields under the "Find your profile" heading (i.e., your last name, your date of birth as MM/DD/YYYY, and the last four digits of your social security number) and click on the "Next" button.
Note: For Non-HHS users using a DoD issued CAC card, you must first select the one of the following certificates: either the PIV auth certificate (contains a FASC-N) or the DoD ID certificate (does not contain a FASC-N). Once the certificate is selected, the "First-time only: Link your HSPD-12 access card" page will be displayed. Follow the steps noted in Step 1 above to begin the linking process.
Review the profile information presented back to you under the "Link your HSPD-12 access card to your AMS profile" heading. If everything is correct, mark the checkbox and click "Submit."
To complete the process and return to the AMS login page, click "Continue" in the confirmation pop-up notice. You can now use your externally-issued HSPD-12 access card (including DoD issued CAC Card) to log into AMS as described under "I. Logging into AMS with an HHS-issued HSPD-12 Access Card," steps 1 through 4.
Note: Once the one-time HSPD-12 access card linking is completed, you must ensure that you select the SAME certificate to authenticate in AMS.