Detect ID Forgery by Decoding Personal Data

MRZ checks are applicable not only while crossing borders: they are indispensable in case of remote onboarding, in KYC scenarios, and for fraud prevention purposes. However, MRZ data is only trustworthy when verified, not just extracted. And that is exactly what Regula does.

Our technology employs over 200 parsers for various MRZs. Thanks to this, the lines are automatically divided into separate fields and each field is properly validated, including the data it contains, such as name, date of birth, country code, document number, expiry date, etc. Our technology ensures that all the information is relevant and valid, e.g., document numbers don’t look like a line of zeros (which is typical for ID specimens), the issuing country or nationality codes are real instead of UTO (which are used just for ‘technical’ filling-in), and so on.

Moreover, we verify MRZ checksums to prove the authenticity of a document. Such scrupulous checks allow you to easily spot fake IDs and fight fraud at early stages, as even the most sophisticated fakes are often made with errors that we can detect. These are just a few examples, as Regula MRZ reading technology is capable of much more, thanks to deep document analysis backed up by a mix of advanced in-house forensic equipment and rare industry expertise.

This trustworthiness goes together with high quality and ease of use. There's no need to position the document’s MRZ accurately and precisely in front of the camera. The passport can be tilted or turned upside down: as soon as the document’s MRZ gets in the camera view, the personal data is automatically recognized, processed, and verified.

Widely Used and Useful

MRZ formats vary a lot depending on the document type and issuing country. The most common are as follows:




  • Passports: TD3 size (2 lines, 44 characters)




  • ID cards: TD1 (3 lines, 30 characters) and TD2 size (2 lines, 36 characters)




  • Visas: MRVA (2 lines, 44 characters) and MRVB (2 lines, 36 characters)




  • Driver’s licenses: 1-line MRZ, 30 characters




And Regula technology successfully reads them all in no time.

MRZs encode vital personal information, such as:




  • Document type code




  • Issuing country




  • Full name




  • Document number




  • Date of birth




  • Nationality




  • Sex




  • Document expiration date




  • Variable elements (personal number or other data specific to a country)



Regula Technology Highlights



  • Support of ICAO 9303 (passports, visas, ID cards) and ISO 18013 (driver's licenses) standards, as well as non-standard MRZ formats




  • Support of AAMVA, the North American standard for driver’s licenses and ID cards




  • Validation of all the data and checksums




  • Conversion of dates into local formats and transliteration of names, if needed




  • Backed up with the world’s largest document template database—over 12,000 templates of IDs issued in 248 countries and territories




  • MRZ data is automatically extracted and verified within 150 milliseconds


  • MRZ reading is available for document photos, video streams, and images from conventional and multi-band passport scanners




  • On-premises / on-device solution—data is never transferred to third-party services




  • Works offline—MRZ reading is performed even with no internet access



More Regula Technologies

One check is never enough when it comes to identity verification: you cannot be sure the document is authentic only with MRZ. Interconnected Regula in-house technologies, such as OCR, barcode, MRZ, and RFID chip reading, pull together to ensure a high level of speed and accuracy when it comes to identity document verification. They thoroughly examine every detail in every ID, cross-checking all the data to spot any illegal alterations. Learn more about what’s under the hood of the comprehensive identity verification that Regula solutions provide.

Barcode reading

Face matching

Document liveness detection

Face liveness detection

MRZ reading

RFID/NFC reading

Document type identification

Active authenticity control

Age verification

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