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.

Country E-13B CMC-7 OCR-A OCR-B
U.S.A. Checked
Canada Checked
Antigua Checked
Argentina Checked
Australia Checked
Austria Checked
Bahamas Checked
Bahrain Checked
Barbados Checked
Belgium Checked Checked
Bermuda Checked
Bolivia Checked Checked
Brazil Checked
Chile Checked
China Checked
Columbia Checked
Costa Rica Checked
Denmark Checked Checked
Dominica Checked
El Salvador Checked Checked
Ecuador Checked
Fiji Checked
Finland Checked Checked
France Checked
Germany Checked
Grand Cayman Checked
Greece Checked
Grenada Checked
Guam Checked
Guadeloupe Checked
Guatemala Checked
Guyana Checked Checked
Honduras Checked
Hong Kong Checked
Country E-13B CMC-7 OCR-A OCR-B
India Checked
Italy Checked Checked
Israel Checked
Iraq Checked
Ivory Coast Checked
Japan Checked Checked
Jamaica Checked
Korea Checked
Kuwait Checked
Kuala Lumpur Checked
Martinique Checked
Mauritius Checked Checked
Malaysia Checked
Mexico Checked
Montserrat Checked
Netherlands Checked Checked
Norway Checked Checked
Nigeria Checked
New Zealand Checked
Panama Checked
Puerto Rico Checked
Paraguay Checked
Peru Checked
Portugal Checked Checked
Philippines Checked
Singapore Checked
Scotland Checked Checked
Spain Checked
Sweden Checked
Switzerland Checked
Taiwan Checked
Thailand Checked
United Kingdom Checked Checked