Bank Checks OCR


This article describes how to build an OCR API that extracts data from Bank Checks using our deep learning engine. If you want to automate your bank workflow, this article is for you. 




  1. You’ll need a free account. Sign up and confirm your email to login.
  2. You’ll need at least 20 Bank Checks images or pdfs to train your OCR.



Define your Bank Checks use case


First, we’re going to define what fields we want to extract from your Bank Checks. 



Bank Checks OCR API


  • Issuer: The bank check's issuer's full name.


  • Recipient: The bank check's recipient's full name.


  • Amount: The bank check amount transferred from the issuer to the recipient.


  • Date: The date the bank check was written. 


  • Check Number: The bank check Number (top hand right corner)



That’s it for our use case. Feel free to add any other relevant data to fit your requirements. 



Deploy your API


Once you have defined the list of fields you want to extract from your Bank Checks, head over to the platform and press the ‘Create a new API’ button.


You land now on the setup page. Here is the image you can use for setting up the API, and my set up looks like this:



Set up your  Bank Checks OCR API


Once you’re ready, click on the “next” button. We are going to specify the data types for each of the fields we want our API to extract.


Define your  Bank Checks OCR API


To go further, you can download this json config to set up your data model or do it manually.


Issuer: type String that never contains numeric characters. 


Issuer for  Bank Checks  OCR



Recipient: type String that never contains numeric characters and that is mostly handwritten. 


Recipient field for Bank Check OCR


Amount: type Number that is mostly handwritten. 


Amount for  Bank check OCR


Date: type Date with US format that is mostly handwritten.


Date field for  Bank Check OCR


Check Number: type Number without specifications. 



Check Number field for  Bank Check OCR



Once you’re done setting up your data model, press the Start training your model button at the bottom of the screen.


Train your  Bank Checks OCR API



Train your Bank Checks OCR



Deep learning Bank Checks OCR API



You’re all set! 


Now is the time to train your Bank Checks deep learning model in the Training section of our API. 


In a few hours (minutes if you're fast), you’ll get your first model trained and will be able to use your custom OCR API for parsing Bank Checks in your application.


To get more information about the training phase, please refer to the Getting Started tutorial. If you have any questions regarding your use case, feel free to reach out using our chat!