Birth Certificate OCR


This article walks you through the building process of an OCR API that extracts data from Birth certificates using our deep learning engine. It will work for any document issued in the United States.  




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



Define your Birth Certificate use case


First, we’re going to define what fields we want to extract from your Birth Certificate



Birth Certificate OCR API

  • First name: The first name of the birth certificate holder 


  • Last Name: The last name of the birth certificate holder


  • Birth Date: The date of birth of the birth certificate holder


  • City of Birth: The city of birth of the birth certificate holder


  • Certificate Number: The certificate Number 



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, 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 setup looks like this:



Set up your Birth Certificate 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 OCR model


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


First name: type String that never contains numeric characters.


First Name field for Birth Certificate OCR




Last Name: type String that never contains numeric characters. 


Last Name field for Birth Certificate  OCR


Birth Date: type Date with US format. 


Birth Date field for Birth Certificate OCR


City of Birth: type String that never contains numeric characters. 


City of birth field for Birth Certificate OCR


Certificate Number: type Number without specifications. 


Certificate Number field for Birth Certificate 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 birth certificate model



Train your Birth Certificate OCR



Deep learning Birth Certificate  OCR API



You’re all set! 


Now is the time to train your Birth Certificate 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 Birth Certificate 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 on our chat!