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

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ID card printers use durable plastic ID cards, making them ideal for long-lasting cards. The plastic material is designed to hold up over many uses and come in a wide variety of materials and styles, so you can choose the cardstock that is best for your program’s ID cards.

Standard ID Cards

Standard ID cards are made from durable, flexible PVC plastic. These cards are used for all most applications, and are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

BioPVC Cards

BioPVC cards are an earth friendly option made from completely biodegradable material. This type of material offers the same photo quality, durability and flexibility as a standard PVC card with less impact to our environment.

Recycled PVC Cards

Recycled PVC cards are another green alternative to traditional PVC cards since they are made from recycled plastic. The recycled PVC material is comparable to standard PVS in durability, flexibility, and print quality.


Rewritable ID Cards

Rewritable ID cards are made of a thermal sensitive material that can be printed, erased, and reprinted up to 500 times. These cards require an ID card printer with a rewritable printing mode. Since rewritable cards can only be printed in monochrome blue or black they are ideal for card designs with text or simple graphics.

Mylar Adhesive-Back Cards

Adhesive-back cards are PVC cards with a strong Mylar adhesive backing. They are commonly adhered to clamshell proximity cards or other technology cards that can’t go through an ID card printer.

PVC/Poly Composite Cards

PVC/Poly composite cards are recommended for cards that will be laminated. Their special materials can withstand the higher heat and resist warping during the lamination process.