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What is an MRZ?

MRZ stands for Machine-Readable Zone. It is an area designed to be automatically read by an optical reader (e.g. a scanner) located at the bottom of identity document (ID cards, passports, residence permits, etc.). It comprises between one and three lines of alphanumeric characters and chevrons (<). Apart from the data already mentioned in the upper part of the document, this zone, with a very precise layout, contains codes enabling a compliance check to be carried out.

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