Why Buy AlphaPass Prox Cards?
AlphaPass high quality proximity cards are designed for professional access control systems—rigorously tested to withstand years of use, these cards will help you secure and simplify entry into your building.
Comparable to HID cards at a fraction of the cost and lead time, AlphaPass cards are available with a wide range of customizable options. AlphaPass cards are compatible with many brands of card readers, including HID.
These AlphaPass prox cards are made from durable white PVC to withstand daily wear and tear and are programmed for 125 kHz proximity systems. The same size as a standard CR80 card, these prox cards are often used for employee ID cards, security passes, staff ID badges, and more.
What to Know when Ordering Prox Cards
When ordering your AlphaPass prox cards, you will need three key pieces of information:
- Your card format—this is most commonly HID Compatible 26 bit (H10301)
- Your facility code—this will be on the box your current cards came in, and is a number between 0 and 255
- Your sequence start number—every prox card has a unique sequence number (numbers are between 0 and 65,435) and numbers cannot be repeated, your new card order should start on the next number in the sequence. This will also be on your box.
Keep in mind when ordering AlphaPass prox cards:
- Minimum order quantity: 25 cards
- Lead time for orders of 1,000 cards or less: 1-3 business days
- Lead time for orders over 1,000 cards: 3-4 business days
Please note that any customization you do to the cards may impact the order processing time.
AlphaPass prox cards are not eligible for returns – please contact AlphaCard sales with any questions.
How to Find Your Card Format or Facility Code?
The easiest way to find your card format and facility code is to look at the box your last order came in – the card information will be printed on a label on the box. It may also be included in your order invoice. If you have access to your access control system, you may also be able to look it there.
If you're unsure about your card information and cannot access it, AlphaCard can help – just send us your prox card. If we can read it and duplicate the card, we're happy to produce the cards for you at the best prices available. Contact our sales team for more information.
What is PVC Card Material?
AlphaPass PVC cards are made from durable white PVC, or plastic. PVC is the standard material for ID cards, and they can be used in almost any application. AlphaPass PVC prox cards can be printed on. PVC is a widely used synthetic plastic and commonly used for ID cards.
How to Print on Prox Cards
Customize your prox cards for use as employee IDs, staff ID cards, security passes, and more. Custom printing will make your cards easier to identify authentic cards and eliminates the need to carry additional ID badges.
By default the cards will have a small brand logo and reference number printed in the lower left-hand corner.Ordering Pre-Printed Cards
If you do not want to print your cards in-house, order them professionally printed by the manufacturer. This is a great option if you do not have an ID card printer, or need to order a large number of cards and cannot handle batch printing in-house.
You will need to provide the card artwork. Need a design? Our card experts offer a custom card design service.
Pre-printed cards have an additional lead time(2-3 weeks after final approval), and a minimum order quantity of 250 cards. Full Color printing adds $.75 per side/per card, and Monochrome adds $.25 per side/per card.Printing In-House
Printing on the cards yourself with an ID card printer is the alternative to ordering pre-printed cards. This allows you to print cards on-demand instead of having to order hundreds of cards at a time, especially important if you need to print ID cards with the individual cardholder information or a photo.
If you want to print on your AlphaPass cards in-house with an ID card printer, it is recommended that you only use reverse transfer ID card printers. Technology cards like AlphaPass prox cards can have uneven surfaces because of their embedded chips or antennas, and using a reverse transfer printer will help prevent damage to the printhead.
Slot Punch Options
Displaying your ID cards with accessories including lanyards or badge reels improves building security and keeps them easily at hand for frequent use during the day. To use the cards with a lanyard or reel, you will need to slot punch the cards.Ordering Cards Pre-Punched
When you order these prox cards pre-punched by the manufacture, you can choose from either vertical or horizontal punches. Adding a slot punch will add $0.20 per card.
Please note that if you plan to print on the cards in-house with your ID card printer, you should not order pre-punched cards. The rough edges of the slot punches can tear the ribbon and damage your printhead.Slot Punching the Cards In-House
If you choose to punch the cards yourself, they will come with punch mark guides – it is incredibly important that you slot punch your cards in the correct spot. Slot punching cards in other spots can damage the internal parts and break your cards.
Compatible Card Readers
To use your AlphaPass proximity cards, you'll need a compatible card reader. Compatible readers for this card:
- HID proximity readers
- XceedID proximity readers
- Schlage proximity readers
- aptiQ multi-technology readers
Prox Card Warranty
The AlphaPass prox card comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.