OCR-A Overview

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.

OCR-A Barcode


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.

Note: OCR-A is commonly used on checks and is scanned just like a passport/travel document.

Enable OCR-A Symbology by scanning the barcode below*:

Enable OCR-A Barcode

Disable OCR-A Symbology by scanning the barcode below*:

Disable OCR-A Barcode

See full data reader programming guides for more info and troubleshooting.
*D750 requires separate enable/disable command barcodes found in the D750 programming guide Opens New Window.

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.

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