Free Shipping | Best Selection | Lifetime Support

Spring back and save up to $150 through May 28th $25 off orders $250+ with code SPRINGBACK25 | $75 off orders $500+ with code SPRINGBACK75 | $150 off orders $1,000+ with code SPRINGBACK150

Need Help Finding What You Need?

Get fast answers from an ID expert


High Definition Card Printers

High Definition Card Printers

High Definition Card Printers

ID System Selector  Find the right ID System for you with just a few clicks.GO
Printer Selector  Find the right ID System for you with just a few clicks.GO

Supply Finder

$%0 Off Custom Lanyards
Get up to $400 Back WHEN YOU TRADE IN AN OLD PRINTER See Full Details

High Definition Card Printers

ID Card Maker

High Definition Card Printers

High-definition printers produce highly-secure, durable ID cards with photo-quality images, vivid colors and sharp text. Traditional ID printers use a dye-sublimination process to deposit ink directly onto cards. High-definition printers use a reverse transfer process. First, a mirror image of the card design is printed on a thin clear sheath, often made from mylar. Then, pressure and heat fuses the sheath image-side down to the plastic card. This unique process creates a card that is visually-correct, with the ink sandwiched between the plastic card and sheath.

High-definition cards are naturally protected against alterations, as any attempt to remove the sheath will ruin the images and text. Another benefit of high-definition printers is that they can print on cards with a matte finish and on uneven surfaces, such as smart and proximity cards. Many high-definition printers are capable of producing clear or holographic overlaminates to cards for additional protection.

Not sure how to choose
an ID card printer?

  1. Approximately how many cards
    will you print per year?
  1. Do you need to automatically
    print on both sides of the card?
  1. Do you need a magnetic stripe?
Buyer's Guide to ID Card Printers

The Complete Card
Printer Buyer's Guide

With such a wide range of ID printers, evaluating the options can be overwhelming. This FREE 7-step guide will walk you through choosing the perfect card printer.

Get Help from an ID Expert

How many ID cards do you want to print per year?

Get Recommendations
or call