Scan and parse the digital data from machine readable zones (MRZ) found on passports and national ID cards
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How Passport Scanning Works
ID scanning leverages the power of mobile cameras.
Parse the fields
Fields contained in the MRZ can then be parsed into your application. This reduces manpower spent typing fields manually, and reduces error since all fields are imported directly from the official government document.
Passport Scanning SDKs
Are you working on a native application that requires you to scan passports?
You can turn any Android or iOS mobile device (phone/tablet) into a scanner with the ability to read and parse MRZs.
Reach out to our developer advocacy team, or test our our SDKs below. We offer the most flexible, lightweight, and affordable ID and passport scanning developer tools in the industry.
Readable Fields From An Passport MRZ
The following are a list of available fields, which can be scanned and parsed from passport MRZs.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may have noticed an odd string of characters on the bottom of your passport that includes many “<.” this is known as a machine readable zone (mrz) and it actually contains data that can be read by passport scanner. includes your name, nationality, date of birth, other identifiable information, set the icao standards. using scanning sdk, information also camera on mobile device.
MRZ is a data storage format (or symbology for the ID nerds) that is completely text based. It can be decoded by hand if you know the text shortcuts for each piece of data. RFID is a chip that is embedded in the cover of a passport that contains far more data and can also store images. RFID chips can only be read by RFID scanners, and must be within a few inches of the document. Roughly 120 countries currently use RFID, while all countries use MRZ.
All recognized countries use MRZ on their passports and national ID cards.
It is recommended that you use a camera at least 5 Megapixels.