ISO 7811-1 PDF

ISO/IEC Identification cards — Recording technique is a set of nine ( to ) standards describing the recording technique on identification cards. Cartes d’identification — Technique d’enregistrement —. Partie 1: Estampage. STANDARD. ISO/IEC. Reference number. ISO/IEC (E). BS ISO/IEC is one of a series of International Standards describing the parameters for identification cards as defined in the terms.

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Low density data is still recorded on track 2 for compatibility with older-technology ixo and provide redundancy when reading with newer-technology readers. Lower-density data recorded on track 2 contains only the account number and expiration date. Site Search Upcoming Events. Failure to conform to specified criteria is negotiated between the involved parties. Final text received or FDIS registered for formal approval.

ISO/IEC 7811

Physical Dimensions of Cards: Below will be found a brief synopsis of some Magnetic Strip Encoding Standards. Check out our FAQs. Account Number Expiration Date. This document specifies requirements for embossed characters on identification cards.

Proof sent to secretariat or FDIS ballot initiated: The information below is abstracted from these standards. The embossed characters are intended for transfer of data either by use of imprinters or by visual or machine reading. Other custom utilizations are also possible and appropriate. Tracks 1 and 3 read alphanumeric data at bpi, while track 2 reads numeric data only at 75 bpi. Monday to Friday – Physical Plastic Card 2.


Call Abacus 21 for further details. Account Number Name Expiration Date. As a general rule, data on Magnetic Cards conforms to the encoding format for financial transaction cards ISO Note from the table below that Magnetic Stripe Readers used for acquiring Credit Card data need only to read tracks 1 or 2 from the card.

Track 3, originally an alternate numeric-only track, is no longer used in the Banking and Credit Card format. Full copies of these standards can be pruchased from www. The data is read least significant bit first. It takes into consideration both human and machine aspects and states minimum requirements.

In the early years of Magnetic Stripe technology, data was recorded at lower density to increase read-reliability. While the information contained on each track may be only slightly different, the field order, field lengths, and method of field separation and termination differs significantly. In order to encode the additional alpha-numeric information required on the Driver’s License, the specification was revised to permit alpha-numeric information to be encoded on track 3.

The original design was made using the Imperial measurement system. ISO defines the physical characteristics of the card. The layout of embossed characters in this area is not intended to interfere with TIM. Character Configuration including parity bit. Life cycle A standard is reviewed every 5 years 00 Preliminary. This table is only an overview of what data fields are contained on the three tracks of a magnetically coded driver’s license. Readers with both track 1 and 2 are recommended for acquiring Credit Card data since redundancy permits the authorization process to compare account information on both tracks and also fallback to the lower density track data if the reader is unable to decode track 1 due to damaged track data on the card.


This document is one of a series of International Standards describing the parameters for identification cards as defined in the terms and definitions clause and the use of such cards for international interchange.

It is the purpose of this document to provide criteria to which cards shall perform. Track 1 and 2 of the Driver’s License Magnetic Stripe format conform to the original formatting standards used by the Banking and Credit Card industry.

Recording Density bits per inch. Information Content including control characters. Magnetic Strip Encoding Standards.

Magnetic Strip Encoding – Abacus 21

No consideration is given within this document to the amount of use, if any, experienced by the card prior to test.

ISO Specification – No longer in use.

Using either system is correct but intermixing or reconverting values can result in errors. Note also the redundancy:.

Track 1 contains the customer’s name in addition to the account number and expiration date recorded at higher density.