Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
Jul. 23, 2018
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name AWARE INC /MA/  
Entity Central Index Key 0001015739  
Trading Symbol awre  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   21,577,709
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2018  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2