What is the MICR line on a check?
- MICR Line Explained. MICR is an acronym for Magnetic Ink Character Recognition; it refers to the formulation of toner used to print the specialized font at the bottom of checks and other negotiable documents.
MICR reader. MICR characters are printed on documents in either of the MICR fonts. The ink used in the printing is a magnetic ink or toner, usually containing iron oxide. As each character passes over the head it produces a unique waveform that can be easily identified by the system.
- These bar codes are known as MICR code, an abbreviation for 'Magnetic Ink Character Recognition'. Actually, the MICR is the name given to the technology used in printing the code. Every bank branch is given a unique MICR code and this helps the RBI to identify the bank branch and speed up the clearing process.
- OMR (optical mark recognition) is a form of automated data input. Marks are made on a specially printed paper forms which are then read by an OMR reader. The data is then sent to a computer for processing. One of the most common uses of OMR is in multiple choice examinations.
- The Optical Mark Reader is a device the "reads" pencil marks on NCS compatible scan forms such as surveys or test answer forms. If that all seems overly technical to you, just think of it as the machine that checks multiple choice computer forms.
Updated: 2nd October 2019