Traffic ticket OCR


This article describes how to build an OCR API that extracts data from Traffic ticket using our deep learning engine. If you want to automate your traffic ticket 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 Traffic ticket images or pdfs to train your OCR.



Define your Traffic ticket use case


First, we’re going to define what fields we want to extract from your Traffic ticket. 



 Traffic Ticket OCR API


  • Date: The date of the offence


  • Time: The time of the offence


  • Description: The description of the violation


  • Place of occurrence: The place where the violation occurred


  • Badge: The badge number


That’s it for our use case. Feel free to add any other relevant data to fit your requirements. For example, you could add the county, the arrest type, or anything else you want really. 



Deploy your API


Once you have defined the list of fields you want to extract from your traffic ticket document, 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  Traffic Ticket 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.

Traffic ticket define your model OCR


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


Date of Offence: type Date with US format


Date field for  Traffic Ticket  OCR


Time: type String without specifications. 


Time field for  Traffic Ticket  OCR


Description of Violation: type String without specifications. 


Description field for  Traffic Ticket OCR


Place of Occurrence: type String without specifications. 


Place of Occurence for  Traffic Ticket OCR


Badge Number: type Number without specifications. 


Badge number field for  Traffic Ticket OCR



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


Traffic ticket OCR



Train your Traffic ticket OCR



Deep learning Traffic Ticket OCR API



You’re all set! 


Now is the time to train your Traffic ticket 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 Traffic ticket in your application.


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