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ID Badges for the U.S. Government

Government agencies have strict requirements when it comes to ID cards. While the range of government card-types is far-reaching, all government IDs demand a high level of card security. From identifying government employees and securing sensitive facilities, to issuing drivers’ licenses and other forms of citizen identification, government agencies have huge responsibilities in terms of how they maintain and operate their ID programs. Government-issued ID cards, and those carried by government employees, typically contain highly sensitive data that must be guarded. Protecting these cards from acts of tampering and illegal duplication is an absolute must.

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How does the Government use ID cards?

Staff IDProper identification in the government is a central component of maintaining secure operations, particularly visual identification. ID cards can be worn by nonprofit employees at all times as well as by temp workers. Typically, ID cards are worn on badge reels or lanyards by the employee and should be highly visible to government personnel as well as the public.
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Retired Staff ID CardsFor those who previously worked for the government, having an issued health care card or veteran government identification card is just as important. With these cards, the individuals can gain access to a wide array of amenities and discounted services. These cards may or may not contain photos, but list specific information such as the time they served in the government.
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Multifunctional & Smart CardsGovernment identification cards serve a much greater purpose other than simple photo identification. The U.S. government is now utilizing data storage technologies (e.g. barcodes & magnetic stripe cards) to keep important data of personnel and politicians as their status, position, and other personal identifiable detail. Additionally, Smart cards can be used as access control cards.
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Visitor ManagementEvery person who enters a government institution should be armed with proper identification, most importantly visitors, or non-government employees. Government institutions should take all the necessary precautions by adding an effective visitor management badge program to their ID system. Visitor badges are usually obtained at the front desk of a building and require that the person signs in and leaves their license upon checking in.
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Access ControlThe government relies on access control cards to ensure only authorized individuals have the ability to enter certain areas of a government building such as administrators, politicians, policy makers, and so forth. An access control card is a sure-fire way to prevent unauthorized persons such as intruders from gaining access to restricted areas and compromising security.
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Learn More About Government ID Badges

Because of the sensitive nature of government-issued IDs, a good amount of consideration must be put into the various components of the card design. Common elements that help increase the level of card security for government IDs include holographic overlays, digital signatures, and biometric information such as fingerprints which help to further personalize each ID.

AlphaCard has decades of experience in providing ID solutions that meet or exceed the strict requirements of government ID programs, which is why so many of these agencies put their faith in us. Our complete photo ID systems can be tailored to meet the needs of any government ID program, no matter how large or small. Creating solutions for secure ID printing is something we’ve been doing for a long time, and we’re always excited to take on new challenges.

AlphaCard is a trusted provider of photo ID systems for a long list of government institutions. We specialize in secure card-printing solutions perfectly suited for these critical card applications. Give us a call at (800) 717-8080 to learn more.

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