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PDF417 (Driver's License) Overview

Driver's License PDF417 Barcode

PDF417 (Portable Data File) is a 2D, stacked linear barcode format used in a variety of applications such as transport, identification cards, and inventory management. The "417" signifies that each pattern in the code consists of 4 bars and spaces in a pattern that is 17 units long.

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Supported Host Device


Products that Support PDF417

(Enabled on all Socket Mobile barcode scanners)

DS840, DS860
for Apple


DS840, DS860
for Samsung


Supported Business Applications:

Partner Applications

Applications integrated with Socket Mobile's CaptureSDK.


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

See complete list of business applications.

Non-CaptureSDK Applications

Applications that are not integrated with Socket Mobile's CaptureSDK:



PDF417 is supported by default on all 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.

Enable PDF417 by scanning the barcode below*:

Enable Driver's License (PDF417)

Disable PDF417 by scanning the barcode below.*:

Disable Driver's License (PDF417)

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 for PDF417?

A: Logistics, inventory management, airline, onboarding and check-in.

Q: How to verify if the person is over 21?

A: App coming soon, please fill out a barcode support form.

Q: Need more help?

A: Go here for additional barcode troubleshooting and FAQs.