Enhanced PAN QR Code

Mar 17, 2021

A PAN card is a laminated card containing the Permanent Account Number, a unique identifier issued by the Indian Income Tax Department to an individual or a business entity. PAN is a ten-character alphanumeric code, which is assigned under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. 

This article is Part 2 in a 2-Part Series.

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In 2018, the Indian Income Tax Department updated the design of the PAN cards that now come with enhanced QR codes for additional security. Specifically, the enhanced QR code has the signature and photograph of the cardholder, their name, father’s/mother’s name, date of birth, date of formation/incorporation (in case of a business entity), and of course, the PAN itself. All the information is digitally signed and encoded on the QR code. 

Characteristics of the Enhanced PAN QR Code

Unlike the name, dates, and other textual info, the signature, and the photograph are images. It may take over a thousand digits to represent one small image. So, the enhanced QR code may have up to 4500 characters encoded in a 20mm X 20mm visual, machine-readable form. 

The enhanced QR code is extremely dense, and this density can pose a problem for some QR code readers. Dynamsoft Barcode Reader is ready and able to help.

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Dynamsoft Barcode Reader is fully customizable for the greatest performance in challenging situations. Advanced users can choose between a long list of parameters. For example, for the super dense QR codes on PAN cards, users can tweak the settings of image preprocessing modes, image binarization modes, deblur modes, localization modes, and more.

Learn more about how to read QR codes with high density.

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