The data stored on magnetic stripes on driver's licenses may be easily swiped and decoded with a magstripe (magnetic stripe) reader. When decoded, this information may be helpful for verifying age, determining fake IDs, automatically populating fields of an order form or automating customer lookup at kiosks. Data is stored on the magstripe according to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Many U. S. drivers' licenses also include a 2D barcode, which is easily read with a 2D Barcode Scanner.
The data stored on the magnetic stripe of a driver's license includes the following:
The magstripe readers listed below all have the ability to be programmed so that when a license is swiped, the data returned from the internal decoder returns only what is needed for the intended application. For example, in an age verification system, a mag reader may be programmed to return <First Name> [TAB] <Last Name> [TAB] <Birth Date> [ENTER]. The readers listed below emulate a USB keyboard, so that anything decoded appears as if it had been typed.
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