How can I automatically populate some fields in a program from a driver license using a magnetic strip reader?
I'm looking to fill customer information automatically in our management software using a card swiper and the customer driver license. Right now, our customer info is hand-typed into the software but we would like to cut down on the time it takes to get people using our services. This is FL if it matters.
I've purchased this MSR
and downloaded the programming software
but trying to make sense of either the program or how to get the info into the correct fields is eluding me.
When I swipe the license, it puts out a long line of crazily formatted info from three tracks of info. The computer sees the strips reader as a USB keyboard and when I swipe my license into a text file, the first track returns (the first is STateCITY):
%STCITY^LASTNAME$FIRSTNAME$MIDDLENAME^123 FAKE ST^
while the second track brings the license number encased in another set of numbers, 1 being the driver license number:
The third track has the zip code only (!?).
The software is completely arcane, in that there is not a single bit of instruction or help included. I've done quite a bit of reading but I've found scant info on the technical details of how this is can be achieved.
Has anyone done something like this and managed to figure it out? I would be willing to spend more money on a MSR if there was software that would help do this easier, I just need to have a suggestion. Thanks!