Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Magnetic Card Reader Parsing of Track Data

I've been working on developing an application that will read a driver's license and parse the information and populate a data entry screen. This is useful for rapidly collecting name and address information when you have drivers licenses available.

To work out the exact format of drivers license magnetic strips, the following links were very helpful:

Drivers license format
Magnetic Strip Encoding Standards
Mag Stripe Cards

Java Magnetic Card Parser
Exeeba AAMVA Drivers License Format
CA DL Format

Many states do not conform to the above standards but generally these will work.