Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
Apr. 19, 2013
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name AWARE INC /MA/  
Entity Central Index Key 0001015739  
Trading Symbol awre  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   22,515,518
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2013  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1