PDF417 is a type of barcode, precisely, a two-dimensional linear barcode. You can most commonly find it on USA driver’s licenses or other identity cards, boarding passes, and packages. 

  • Identification documents: You’ll likely find a PDF417 barcode on a driver’s license or ID card in the USA, Canada, and other countries. The barcode contains lots of personal information and all the information that’s printed on the front of the card.
  • Transportation: Airlines use PDF417 barcodes on boarding passes for quick scanning and verification.
  • Inventory management: Warehouses, post offices, and delivery services often use PDF417 barcodes to track inventory and packages, as they can hold much data about a particular item and track delivery.

What PDF417 abbreviation means:

  • PDF: In this case, PDF stands for Portable Data File
  • 417: This is the way the data is encoded within the barcode. Each pattern consists of 4 bars and spaces in a 17-unit long pattern.

Microblink has the best-in-class product for scanning and parsing data from PDF417 barcodes on various identity documents. Learn more about BlinkID solution.

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