PDF417 (Driver's License) Overview

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.

Driver's License PDF417 Barcode


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 full data reader programming guides Opens Worldwide site 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 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: How to verify name and age only?

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

Q: Need more help?

A: Go here for additional barcode troubleshooting and FAQs.

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