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What is an LRA?

Local Registration Authorities (LRAs) are USDA employees who are trained to act as the trusted entity to validate the identity of a customer seeking a level 2 eAuthentication account. The role of the LRA can be compared to a Notary Public who ensures the identity of an individual conducting official business transactions. This process is called "identity proofing".

What are my roles as an LRA?

  • The LRA serves as an integral part of the Level 2 eAuthentication registration process
  • The LRA must understand the importance of the account registration and eAuthentication process
  • The LRA must be able to communicate the eAuthentication account registration process to customers and how it relates to their respective Agency's applications
  • The LRA role is solely to assist USDA customers with eAuthentication registration. USDA federal employees, who need to register for eAuthentication, should be directed to their Agency Registration Lead (ARL).

What are my responsiblities as an LRA?

  • LRAs are responsible for completing the entire 3 step process:
    1. Search for the customer's User Profile in the eAuthentication application
    2. Validate the customer's first name, last name, birth date, physical appearance and attributes provided on customer's government issued photo identification
    3. Activate the customer's Level 2 credentials
  • If a discrepancy is found that will prohibit the completion of Level 2 access, then the LRA will provide the customer with the required steps to complete Level 2 activation.

LRA "Validate Level 2 Customer" Approved Forms of Identification

Recent changes have been made to the list of approved forms of photo identification for Identity proofing Services for USDA eAuthentication. Only official government-issued photo identification from this list can be accepted.

  • State- or Province-issued Driver's License or Photo Identification card from the United States or Canada
  • US Military or US Federal Government employment PIV/CAC (Smart) identification card (DoD, DoS, DHS, etc.)
  • A valid passport issued by any country listed on the U.S. Department of State website.

Ready to become an LRA?

If you would like to take the LRA Training Course and become an LRA, your agency's LRA Coordinator will need to add an access role, for the training, to your eAuthentication account profile. If you do not know who your Agency LRA Coordinator is, please reach out to your Agency or State eGov Coordinator.

Please click the link below to proceed with the LRA Training Course online.

Click this link to take LRA Training Course Online

Already an LRA?

Please click the link below to perform your LRA duties.

Click this link to Validate a Level 2 Customer
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