The Complete ID
Printer Buyer's Guide

This guide walks you through all the important considerations you'll need to know when selecting an ID card printer.

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The blank ID cards you use to create your organization’s cards are available in a wide range of styles, materials, colors, and sizes. Understanding these differences and the benefits of specific features will help you better design and print cards.

  • ID Card Material

    ID cards are made from a wide variety of materials, from basic PVC cards to recycled plastics and PVC/Poly composite cards for lamination.

  • ID Card Sizes and Dimensions

    From the standard CR80 cards to larger CR100 cards, your ID card program can choose from a variety of ID card sizes.

  • Color ID Cards

    Blank ID cards are available in a wide range of colors including florescent and metallic. It is recommended you only print monochrome designs.

  • Rewritable ID Cards

    Made from heat-sensitive materials, rewritable ID cards can be printed, wiped clear, and printed again up to 500 times per card.

  • Encoded ID Cards

    When it comes to multifunctional ID cards you have many choices, from magnetic stripe cards to contact and contactless smart cards.