OCR-A Overview

OCR-A Barcode

OCR-A is a font created in 1968 that uses simple, thick strokes to form recognizable characters.  The font is monospaced and the design is simple so that it can be easily read by a scanner.

How to scan OCR and travel documents (EN)

Note: OCR-A is just like scanning a passport/travel document.

Supported Host Device


Products that Support OCR-A

(This barcode is disabled by default)

Supported Business Application:


Partner Applications

Applications integrated with Socket Mobile's Capture SDK.


Verify with your application provider that Socket Mobile's latest Capture SDK was implemented in your app. See the latest Capture SDK version.

See complete list of Partner Applications.

Non-Capture SDK Applications

Applications that are not integrated with Socket Mobile's Capture SDK




OCR-A is supported by D740, D745, D755, D760, D860, DS860, S740, and S860 Socket Mobile barcode scanners. You can enable or disable this symbology on your Socket Mobile scanner simply by scanning the codes below. 

Note: Scanner must be in a disconnected state before scanning the command barcode.

Note: D740, D745, and S740 supports OCR symbologies if your scanner has a Green scan LED.

Enable OCR-A Symbology*:

To enable the OCR-A symbology scan the barcode below:

Enable OCR-A Barcode

Disable OCR-A Symbology*:

To disable the OCR-A symbology scan the barcode below:

Disable OCR-A Barcode

See the full programming guide for more info and troubleshooting.
* D750 requires separate enable/disable command barcodes found in the programming guide.

Troubleshooting / FAQ


Q: What is the typical usage of OCR-A?

A: Travel Documents 

Q: Need more help?

A: Go here for additional barcode troubleshooting and FAQs.