Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new Legal Terms?

As you may know the biggest change in MDS 2.0 is the introduction of new legal terms for both Authenticator vendors and consumers of Metadata (Relying Parties). The MDS 2.0 Legal terms can be viewed at the URLs listed below:

Publisher Terms for Authenticator vendors who publish metadata:

[Japanese (日本の) version (for reading/reference purposes only)]

Usage Terms for Relying parties or anyone who wishes to access metadata:

[Japanese  (日本の) version (for reading/reference purposes only)]

Can I view the original legal terms?

Yes, you can view the original Metadata Service legal terms here.

How do I get an access token?

To retrieve metadata or TOC (Table of Contents for all metadata statements) you will have to first register to get a MDS Access Token. To do this visit:

How do I retrieve the TOC file from MDS2?

Once you have an issued Access Token, you can get to the Metadata TOC by using the URL below after you substitute in the URL below with your access token string.

Example (this does not use a valid token):

This will download a TOC file in an encoded JWT format (not human-readable).

How do I view a readable TOC file?

  1. Visit JWT decoding web site:
  2. Click on Debugger at the top (or scroll down)
  3. On the Debugger page, in the Encoded box on the left side: Replace all existing text with the encode string in the toc.jwt file.

How do I verify the digital signature in the TOC?

TOC is a digitally signed document. In order to verify the digital signature please use the following information:

  1. The root certificate from the FIDO Alliance is available at
  2. To validate the digital certificates used in the digital signature, the certificate revocation information is available in the form of CRLs at the following locations

How do I view metadata statement for an authenticator?

The URLs in the TOC corresponding to each Authenticator will be of the format:

This URL will no longer work as is. You must now append this URL with your Access Token as shown below: (this does not use a valid token)

Once you retrieve the metadata statement it will be in Base64 format. Use to decode it to see a readable form of the metadata statement.

How do I publish my authenticator’s metadata?

The Authenticator vendors portal for metadata submission can be accessed at

How do I get a Vendor ID?

For UAF Authenticator Vendors only: To be able to publish a metadata statement, UAF Authenticator vendors must first get a Vendor ID issued by the Alliance.

How do I get assistance?

Please use the feedback form links available at the bottom of the web pages for requesting further assistance. You can also send feedback to