ID Card Printers

Choosing the right ID Card Printer

Finding the right ID Card Printer for you business is no easy task. There are many questions you need to consider, such as:

  • What is your budget?
  • Do you need to print dual-sided or single-sided?
  • How many cards do you need to print?
  • Can the card printer print on the ID Cards I need?
  • Do you need to print offsite through a network?
  • Do you require special security features?

Just to name a few.

Fortunately, we have been in the game for over 28 years and have been asked these questions time and time again.

The best place to start is to decide what kind of ID Card you wish to produce. By choosing what ID Card you wish to produce, narrows down what ID Card Printer you will need and it’s functions.

If you would prefer we help you choose your ID card printer please contact us here. If you are interested to learn more, keep reading on…

What type of ID Card do you need?

There are generally four different types of ID Cards:

  1. PVC ID Cards
  2. Magstripe ID Cards
  3. Smart ID Cards
  4. Proximity ID Cards

Each type of ID card has different uses. To make it easier for you to choose which ID card is suitable for your business see the table below:

Type of ID CardApplicationDescriptionCategory
PVC ID CardsMembership cardsBlank cards with no internal technologyBasic
Student ID
Medical ID
Employee ID
Anywhere ID is needed but access control capability is not
Magstripe ID CardsTime & AttendanceTechnology cards with a Hi-co or Lo-co magnetic stripe. They are swiped for entry & access control systems.Intermediate
Lunch programs
Library cards
Credit cards
Access control
Smart ID CardsNetwork securityTechnology cards with an embedded chip with accessible memory and a microprocessor.
Meal plans
Loyalty programs
Transit cards
Electronic cash
Proximity ID cardsSchool facultyThese are printable, credit-card sized cards and feature an antenna and electronic chip “sandwiched” between two thin plastic cards.
Government organizations
Anyone with an access control system & 125KHz card readers

Once you have chosen the type of ID card you need, the next step is to match it with the correct ID Card Printer that can print them.

Choosing the right ID Card printer

Now that you know what ID Card type you need, it’s time to see what ID Card Printers have the capabilities of printing them for you and which one fits your budget.

See the table below for reference:

Type of ID CardID Card PrinterPrice range
PVC ID CardsEntrust Sigma DS1Low
Evolis PrimacyMiddle
Fargo DTC1250High
Magstripe ID CardsEntrust Sigma DS2Low
Entrust Sigma DS3Middle
Entrust CR805High
Smart ID CardsEntrust Sigma DS3Middle
Entrust CR805High

Let us know if you need any further assistance with choosing a card printer, we are here to help!

If you’ve made your choice, head on over to the menu located at the top of this page and select the ID Card type you wish to print your ID Cards.

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