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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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Driver's License (PDF417) Overview

Supported Host Device


Products that Support Driver's License (PDF417)

(Enabled on all Socket Mobile barcode scanners)

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 business applications.

Non-Capture SDK Applications

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




Driver's License (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 Driver's License (PDF417) by scanning the barcode below*:

Enable Driver's License (PDF417)

Disable Driver's License (PDF417) by scanning the barcode below.*:

Disable Driver's License (PDF417)

See the full programming guide Opens Worldwide site 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 Driver's License (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: How to verify name and age only?

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