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Plastic ID Card Sizes

Plastic ID cards come in a range of sizes. The most common badge size is CR80 30mil cards - the same size as a credit card. You can also use specialized card sizes that are thinner, larger, or smaller.

Plastic Card Sizes

Plastic Card Sizes

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Plastic ID Card Sizes

Plastic ID cards come in a range of sizes. The most common badge size is CR80 30mil cards - the same size as a credit card. You can also use specialized card sizes that are thinner, larger, or smaller.

Plastic Card Sizes

For the purpose of creating ID cards and badges, the most common plastic card size is the CR80 or ID-1 format. These designations refer to plastic cards measuring about the size of a credit card 85.60 mm by 53.98 mm (3.370 inches by 2.125 inches). The typical thickness for this type of card is 0.030 inches, or 30mil.

Other Plastic Card Sizes

The majority of plastic ID cards created today utilize the CR80 format, however there are some exceptions. Thinner 10mil cards are sometimes used for printing business cards, while thicker clamshell cards are often required for IDs that incorporate RFID technology and must contain embedded antennas and circuitry. CR50 cards which measure 3.5 inches by 1.75 inches are sometimes used for access control for hotel rooms. And if you’ve ever owned a membership card for a gym or grocery store, you might be familiar with the tiny cards that hook to your keychain.

Oversized cards such as the CR100 format are also quite popular. CR100 cards measure 3.88 inches by 2.63 inches and are useful in situations where it’s important that card information is clearly visible. These cards are commonly used for conventions, trade shows, and other situations where prominently displayed info is required.

While virtually all ID card printers are built to operate with plastic cards in the CR80 format, it’s important to check compatibility when using plastic cards of differing sizes. For instance, there are oversized card printer specifically designed to handle the larger cards.

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