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UPC Barcode Standards

Of the many varieties of barcodes, the UPC (Universal Product Number) is the most recognized. This UPC barcode represents the GTIN-12, which consists of 12 numbers that identify an individual product. The required size of a UPC is 1.469” wide by 1.02“ tall.The UPC can be reduced by up to 80% and can be increased by up to 200%. The minimum clear area on the right and left sides of the barcode is 9 times the width of the narrowest bar or space in the barcode. It is suggested that there is a .25” clear area on the right and left side of the barcode to ensure scannability.

An example of a nominal barcode.
Nominal Size

1.469”Wide
1.02” High

An example of a minimum barcode.
Minimum Size

80% reduction
of Nominal Size


An example of a 100% minimum size barcode.
Minimum Clear Area

Bounding box to show minimum clear area for 100% UPC. Minimum clear area is 9 times the width of the narrowest bar or space in the barcode.

An example of a 80% minimum size barcode.
Minimum Clear Area

Bounding box to show minimum clear area for 80% UPC. Minimum clear area is 9 times the width of the narrowest bar or space in the barcode.

An example of a 100% suggested size barcode.
Suggested Clear Area

Bounding box to show suggested clear area for 100% UPC, which is .25”

An example of a 80% suggested size barcode.
Minimum Clear Area

Bounding box to show suggested clear area for 80% UPC, which is .25”.

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