Detecting and extracting information from Machine-Readable Zone (MRZ) on passports and visas is becoming increasingly important for verifying document authenticity. However, computer vision methods for performing similar tasks, such as optical character recognition (OCR), fail to extract the MRZ given digital images of passports with reasonable accuracy. We present a specially designed model based on convolutional neural networks that is able to successfully extract MRZ information from digital images of passports of arbitrary orientation and size. Our model achieved 100% MRZ detection rate and 98.36% character recognition macro-f1 score on a passport and visa dataset. Download paper here
Recommended citation: Yichuan Liu, Hailey James, Otkrist Gupta, Dan Raviv. “MRZ code extraction from visa and passport documents using convolutional neural networks.” arXiv preprint arXiv:2009.05489 (2020).