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Decode Your License

Decode Your License

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06/16/2009

 
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Decode Your License
by
Tetranitrate
on October 19, 2006
Table of Contents
intro:  Decode Your License.....................................................................................................2 step 1:  Materials.............................................................................................................2 File Downloads.............................................................................................................2 step 2:  Procedure............................................................................................................3 step 3:  Legality becomes iffy here................................................................................................3 step 4:  From this point on everythings definitely illegal.................................................................................4 Related Instructables...........................................................................................................4 Advertisements...............................................................................................................4 Customized Instructable T-shirts................................................................................................4 Comments...................................................................................................................5
 
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intro:
Decode Your License
..................................................................................................................................................................................Using a cool little program I dug up on the web, and a scanner I was able to decode the barcodes on the back of my NY drivers license, and find out what informationpeople get when they scan it. I'm pretty sure that just decoding the barcode is not illegal, but some of the other things I describe probably are, so let those be just proof ofconcept.All the times my license (well technically my permit, but its all the same) appears, I mess up the barcodes a bit so (hopefully) no one can get my information. Personally Idon't care, but theres probably some good reasons why I should not let it out so I'm just being safe.
step 1:
Materials
Most people probably have this stuff:1. Scanner2. License/Permit from any state ( I think there are a few states ids that do not work, but most should)3. Swipe Barcode Program4. A Hex converter (more on this later)5. Photoshop or similar program6. Optional 1d barcode decoder
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swipebarcode.jar
(85 KB)[NOTE: When saving, if you see .tmp as the file ext, rename it to 'swipebarcode.jar']
 
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step 2:
Procedure
All of this is fairly straight forward.1. Scan the back of your license / permit using a medium - high resolution. The resolution should be set so that the 2d barcode is about 2000 pixels long.2. Open up the image in Photoshop and cut out the 2d barcode. The 2d barcode is the one on the bottom in the picture. Most states use the PDF-417 (Portable Data File,with 17 modules each containing 4 bars and spaces, thus 417). Edit the barcode so that it is exactly 2000 or less pixels long because that is the maximum the programwill allow, and save it.3. Open swipe toolkit pdf417 barcode reader, available to download in the last step, and load your barcode into it. Click decode image, and a window with all yourinformation should pop up. The picture shows the window that I got ( I removed thinks I should probably care about). As you can see, you can view the informationprocessed, in raw bytes, or in hex. An interesting thing to note is if your card contains your social security number, some states put it on and some states don't.
step 3:
Legality becomes iffy here
http://www.cyanosoft.com/download/index.htmCyansoft makes a pdf 417 barcode encoder, which you can use to modify the barcode.If you select raw bytes(you can also select hex if you want to use a hex editor to edit the information) on how the decoded information is shown in the pdf 417 reader,examine it and you should be able to pick out your information such as d.o.b, name, license number, etc. You can edit that information, copy the selection into cyansoft'sbarcode encoder, and tweak it to look like the original barcode. Some of the settings you may need to change are the Error correction level, the number of columns androws, and the bar width. The overall purpose of tweaking the barcode is to get it to look and read the same before, just with the modified data.To test out the modded barcode, export it as an image and run it through the decoder again, if it works great, if not just keep tweaking the settings in the encoder until itlooks exactly like the original. You now have your modded barcode, but what should you do with it?

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