MICR Printing Worldwide

The chart below shows by country how financial account information is printed on the face of checks in order to facilitate automated clearing of payments. Most countries, such as the US, Canada, UK, Australia, India and many more use the MICR-E13B font style, which must be printed in MICR ink to meet high-speed processing requirements. Other countries such as Bazil, France, Spain, Japan and more use the MICR-CMC7 font, which must also be printed in MICR ink as well to follow processing regulations. Two alternative methods are to use OCR-A and -B fonts for data processing of financial documents that rely on optical scanning, but these are rarely used for check applications. Each year billions of checks are produced worldwide using MICR readable characters.

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