ISO 7816 Smart Card Standard

The standardization of smart card systems is an ongoing process. One of the standards most referred to is the ISO7816 standard for integrated chip cards.

ISO stands for International Standards Organization and the standard has been established to describe “Identification Cards – Integrated Circuit Cards with Contacts”. ISO 7816 includes multiple parts the first 5 of which are listed in the following table.

ISO7816 document


ISO 7816 part 1Physical characteristics
ISO 7816 part 2Dimensions and location of the contacts
ISO 7816 part 3Electronic signals and transmission protocols
ISO 7816 part 4Industry commands for interchange
ISO 7816 part 5Number system and registration procedure for application identifiers
ISO 7816 part 6Interindustry data elements

The various parts we present here start with an overview without going too much into details. If available, we add free ISO7816 documents. They might be derived from drafts or preliminary documents rather than final version.

If you want to go deeper into ISO 7816, you can get the complete standard directly from the International Standards Organization in Switzerland and purchase the ISO 7816 documents online.

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