DD Form 2842, DoD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Subscriber Certificate Acceptance and Acknowledgement of Responsibilities is a form filed when applying for a personal identifier necessary for accessing most content on federal websites. Disclosure of any information pertaining to the DD Form 2842 is voluntarily, but no PKI private keys will be issued if the applicant fails to provide the requested information.
The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 2842 - was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) in August 2009. An up-to-date DD Form 2842 fillable version is available for download and digital filing below or can be found through the Executive Services Directorate website.
Most of the content on government websites can be accessed only if a user has a Federal/DoD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Personal Identity Verification (PIV), or a Common Access Card (CAC) installed in their browser. After the applicant successfully files the DD 2842, they will receive the certificates and keys needed to verify their digital signature and identity on these websites and gain access to certain systems.
It's extremely important for subscribers to keep their access codes private. Writing them down - for instance - is prohibited. The key recovery base provides the opportunity to recover any lost data if necessary. If the codes are lost or misplaced, the subscriber must immediately contact their supervisor, security officer, Certification Authority (CA), Registration Authority (RA), Local Registration Authority (LRA), Trusted Agent (TA), or Verifying Official (VO).