Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Oct. 21, 2013
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   22,570,794
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2013  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3