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Key among AAMVA's goals is improving highway safety and identification security by promoting uniform standards for all areas related to driver licensing. AAMVA is committed to improving driver safety and to the 'one driver, one record' driver's license concept. State Driver’s License Formats State License Format Alabama 1-8Numeric Alaska 1-7Numeric Arizona 1 Alpha + 8 Numeric OR 9 Numeric Arkansas 4-9Numeric California 1Alpha+7Numeric. Nov 02, 2019 Encoding and Decoding Driver's License Numbers in One Step Stephen P. Morse, San Francisco State Enter identifying information here and license number will appear. Now that our customer’s information is correctly encoded for AAMVA, we will create the PDF417 barcode.

License is a parser/decoder for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators(AAMVA) format that is used to encode the magnetic stripe found on Driver's Licenses in the US and Canada. Most data is available both in its raw and decoded form. You should refer to the latest specification at www.aamva.org for details on the field contents. Starting and ending sentinals in the track data are optional.

Load the tracks you have available, only track 1 is mandatory. Not all magnetic stripe readers can read track 3.

(1). If expiration date year is 2077, license never expires. Otherwise, this field represents the last valid date.

(2). Height is in inches or cm depending on country. Weight is in pounds or kg. Call the country method to determine country of origin: USA, MEX or CAN.

(3). This the raw hair color, e.g. BRO. For a description, call the haircolor method.


Aamva Driver License Format


Attempts to determine country of origin from the ISO ID. Returns CAN, MEX or USA.


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Last Updated on 2021-01-17

According to the Card Design Standard by AAMVA, the PDF417 two-dimensional bar code symbology is the minimum mandatory machine-readable technology that must be present on compliant driving license/identification documents. The barcode encodes key information about the cardholder, including name, date of birth, sex, eye color, height, and many others.

There are two ways to extract data from a driver license for a machine:

  • Using OCR technology to recognize the characters printed on an ID
  • Use barcode recognition technology to decode the PDF417 symbology and then parse it into human-readable formats

Generally speaking, the latter is more accurate and cost-effective than the former. In this article, we discuss how to use barcoding technology for text extraction from a driver’s license.

Extract Data from PDF417 of Driver Licenses on Mobile

Option 1: Decode PDF417 from Cameras in a Web Application

If you are looking to read a driver’s license from a camera source, please refer to the instructions in the article: How to Recognize US Driver’s License in JavaScript.


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Option 2: Read Driver’s Licenses in Android and iOS Native Apps

If you are looking to read a driver’s license in a native app, please refer to the instructions in the article: How to Recognize US Driver’s License on Android Mobile Apps.

Parse PDF417 Results into a Human-readable Format

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After the PDF417 value is decoded, we can then parse it into separate fields.

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Read PDF417 from Scanners

If the driver’s license is copied on paper, you can digitalize it from a document scanner using Dynamic Web TWAIN first.

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To see how this works, you can give it a try at the demo here.

Aamva Driver License Format Example

Please note that this demo also features document scanning, which is powered by Dynamsoft’s Web TWAIN SDK.

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