An MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) consists of 2 or 3 lines of encoded information, usually found on the lower part of an ID, where vital personal information about the document holder is encoded into a standardized format that can be quickly read and verified by a machine.
MRZ was introduced in the 1980s in order to speed up ID verification at borders and airports. Due to its accuracy and speed, other organizations and services soon adopted the technology. Today, machine-readable zones are included on a variety of documents, collectively referred to as Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTD).
See an example of MRZ number in the image of a German passport specimen:
Which Documents Contain MRZ?
The range of documents includes all travel documents and many others
Several MRZ formats have been developed over the years for use by different applications. The main types of documents that use MRZ are:
Passports: typically TD3 size (2 lines 44 digits long)
ID cards: TD1 (3 lines 30 digits long) and TD2 size (2 lines 36 digits long)
Visas: 2 subtypes - MRVA (2 lines 44 digits long) and MRVB (2 lines 36 digits long)
Driving licenses: 1 lined MRZ
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MRZ Documents encode vital information into a high-quality visual format that can be easily read and decoded. Types of data encrypted into MRZ codes include*:
Date of birth
Document expiration date
Personal number or other optional data elements
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