The field of handwriting recognition has been researched for many years. A hybrid classifier has been proven to be able to increase the recognition rate compared with a single classifier. In this paper, we combine support vector machine (SVM) and hidden Markov model (HMM) for offline handwritten numeral recognition. To improve the performance, we extract features adapted for each classifier and propose the modified SVM decision structure. The experimental results show that the proposed method can achieve improved recognition rate for handwritten numeral recognition.