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Uploading passports to the API
The first step is always to provide a picture or a PDF file of a passport to our API. Usually this is done from a mobile app or a web application. The document can be send cropped or uncropped (with some kind of background). If it is send uncropped, the Klippa API will automatically crop the document. The Klippa SDK can also be used to handle the document capturing.
Image to text using OCR
As soon as the picture or PDF has been received it is converted to a TXT file. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but it is still not structured.
Getting JSON output from the API
The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON. The JSON is then returned as output from the API. From here the passport can easily be processed into your database. Optionally additional data like the passport picture or signature can also be extracted and provided via a URL.
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What fields are extracted?
Below the default extracted data fields (checkmarks) and automated checks (locks) are listed. These can be customised for each customer. On request additional fields can also be extracted.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost?Can Klippa process all types of MRZ with OCR?Can Klippa extract the passport pictures and signatures?What passports are supported?How does Klippa check the authenticity?Is your passport processing GDPR compliant?Is there documentation for the passport OCR API?
What does it cost?
The pricing structure for passport recognition depends on the exact use case. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our solution architects to get an exact quote.
Can Klippa process all types of MRZ with OCR?
MRZs are available in three different formats, called Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3. Klippa is able to read and process all three types of the MRZ automatically. On passports the Type 3 is commonly used. It contains two lines of 44 characters each that can be read using OCR. They contain characters A-Z, 0-9 and separators. The MRZ always contains a checksums to confirm the validity.
MRPs (machine readable passports) are passports that can be automatically read and processed using OCR software. Parsing the passport MRZ using OCR is an important part of our data extraction. The machine readable zone was introduced in the 1980s and is implemented on most modern day passports.
Can Klippa extract the passport pictures?
Klippa always wants to be best in class in everything. Therefore we are also able to extract the pictures and signatures from passports, next to all the normal data fields. Extracting the pictures and signatures is optional and can be used for identity validation (KYC) use cases.
What passports are supported?
We are on a path to support all passports worldwide. Currently we support European, American, Russian and many Asian passports. Any passport containing an MRZ can also be processed. If you have a specific type of passport you need OCR for, just reach out to us.
How does Klippa check the authenticity?
Next to normal data extraction on passports using OCR, Klippa offers an API and SDK for identity validation. This solution is called Klippa Identity Validation and is used for KYC and remote customer onboarding. It goes a step further than just the OCR API and actually checks the picture quality, validity of the passport and numerous other points. It also allows the comparison of two independent selfie pictures with the picture on the passport, returning a matching score to validate if they are the same person.
Is your passport processing GDPR compliant?
All the services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR compliant. We only use ISO certified servers within the European Union for processing and a data processor agreement is in place. We do not store any of your or your customers data.
Is there documentation for the passport OCR API?
Please feel free to ask all your questions.
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