EU Driver License OCR Ruby

The Ruby OCR SDK supports the Driver License API.

Using the sample below, we are going to illustrate how to extract the data that we want using the OCR SDK.
Driver License sample


require 'mindee'

# Init a new client
mindee_client = 'my-api-key')

# Load a file from disk
input_source = mindee_client.source_from_path('/path/to/the/file.ext')

# Parse the file
result = mindee_client.parse(

# Print a full summary of the parsed data in RST format
puts result.document

# Print the document-level parsed data
# puts result.document.inference.prediction

Output (RST):

:Mindee ID: b19cc32e-b3e6-4ff9-bdc7-619199355d54
:Filename: default_sample.jpg

:Product: mindee/eu_driver_license v1.0
:Rotation applied: Yes

:Country Code: FR
:Document ID: 13AA00002
:Driver License Category: AM A1 B1 B D BE DE
:Last Name: MARTIN
:First Name: PAUL
:Date Of Birth: 1981-07-14
:Place Of Birth: Utopiacity
:Expiry Date: 2018-12-31
:Issue Date: 2013-01-01
:Issue Authority: 99999UpiaCity
:MRZ: D1FRA13AA000026181231MARTIN<<9

Page Predictions

Page 0
:Photo: Polygon with 4 points.
:Signature: Polygon with 4 points.
:Country Code: FR
:Document ID: 13AA00002
:Driver License Category: AM A1 B1 B D BE DE
:Last Name: MARTIN
:First Name: PAUL
:Date Of Birth: 1981-07-14
:Place Of Birth: Utopiacity
:Expiry Date: 2018-12-31
:Issue Date: 2013-01-01
:Issue Authority: 99999UpiaCity
:MRZ: D1FRA13AA000026181231MARTIN<<9

Field Types

Standard Fields

These fields are generic and used in several products.

Basic Field

Each prediction object contains a set of fields that inherit from the generic Field class.
A typical Field object will have the following attributes:

  • value (String, Float, Integer, Boolean): corresponds to the field value. Can be nil if no value was extracted.
  • confidence (Float, nil): the confidence score of the field prediction.
  • bounding_box (Mindee::Geometry::Quadrilateral, nil): contains exactly 4 relative vertices (points) coordinates of a right rectangle containing the field in the document.
  • polygon (Mindee::Geometry::Polygon, nil): contains the relative vertices coordinates (Point) of a polygon containing the field in the image.
  • page_id (Integer, nil): the ID of the page, is nil when at document-level.
  • reconstructed (Boolean): indicates whether an object was reconstructed (not extracted as the API gave it).

Aside from the previous attributes, all basic fields have access to a to_s method that can be used to print their value as a string.

Date Field

Aside from the basic Field attributes, the date field DateField also implements the following:

  • date_object (Date): an accessible representation of the value as a JavaScript object.

Position Field

The position field PositionField does not implement all the basic Field attributes, only bounding_box, polygon and page_id. On top of these, it has access to:

  • rectangle (Mindee::Geometry::Quadrilateral): a Polygon with four points that may be oriented (even beyond canvas).
  • quadrangle (Mindee::Geometry::Quadrilateral): a free polygon made up of four points.

String Field

The text field StringField only has one constraint: it's value is a String (or nil).

Page-Level Fields

Some fields are constrained to the page level, and so will not be retrievable to through the document.


The following fields are extracted for Driver License V1:


address (StringField): EU driver license holders address

puts result.document.inference.prediction.address.value

Driver License Category

category (StringField): EU driver license holders categories

puts result.document.inference.prediction.category.value

Country Code

country_code (StringField): Country code extracted as a string.

puts result.document.inference.prediction.country_code.value

Date Of Birth

date_of_birth (DateField): The date of birth of the document holder

puts result.document.inference.prediction.date_of_birth.value

Document ID

document_id (StringField): ID number of the Document.

puts result.document.inference.prediction.document_id.value

Expiry Date

expiry_date (DateField): Date the document expires

puts result.document.inference.prediction.expiry_date.value

First Name

first_name (StringField): First name(s) of the driver license holder

puts result.document.inference.prediction.first_name.value

Issue Authority

issue_authority (StringField): Authority that issued the document

puts result.document.inference.prediction.issue_authority.value

Issue Date

issue_date (DateField): Date the document was issued

puts result.document.inference.prediction.issue_date.value

Last Name

last_name (StringField): Last name of the driver license holder.

puts result.document.inference.prediction.last_name.value


mrz (StringField): Machine-readable license number

puts result.document.inference.prediction.mrz.value


πŸ“„photo (PositionField): Has a photo of the EU driver license holder

for photo_elem in do
  puts photo_elem.polygon

Place Of Birth

place_of_birth (StringField): Place where the driver license holder was born

puts result.document.inference.prediction.place_of_birth.value


πŸ“„signature (PositionField): Has a signature of the EU driver license holder

for signature_elem in result.document.signature do
  puts signature_elem.polygon


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