Ordering Custom PVC Cards - Frequently Asked Questions

by ID Card Group 7. December 2015 07:01

Did you know you can easily customize plastic PVC cards with ID Card Group's Custom Card Printing Service? It's as easy as 1-2-3.Custom printed hotel key card sample

Find out more by reading through these frequently asked questions - or place your custom printed card order now.

What kind of card printing can you do?

Using our stable of state-of-the-art card printing machines, we can produce nearly any type of plastic card print including:

  • Full color front and back
  • Full color font and black back
  • One color front and one color back
  • Full bleed (full color only)

Custom printed golf tag sampleDownload custom-printed PVC Card samples to see sample designs and get ideas (PDF).

What card sizes and thicknesses are available?

We print standard credit-card sized cards, also known as CR80 cards, with dimensions of 3.375" x 2.125". Our cards are 30mil thick, which is the thickness of a standard credit card.

What card stock is available?

We have two blank plastic card stock choices including:

  • 100% PVC card stock—The most common type of card stock which is also the least expensive, PVC card stock is available in plain white or in a rainbow of colors.
  • Composite card stock—A PVC/PET blend that is more durable than standard PVC cards

This stock includes cards with magnetic stripes and signature panels.

Can you encode my cards too?

Sample custom printed employee ID badgeWe can usually encode your cards with bar coding or magnetic stripe encoding. Encoding/printing data must be provided in an Excel spreadsheet with column titles in first row. Call an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 to find out if we can encode your cards.

Do you offer specialty card printing and encoding?

Yes. We offer specialty printing options such as:

  • Magnetic stripe cards
  • Cards with a signature panel
  • Sequential numbers or barcodes printed on your cards
  • Sequential number encoding
  • And more

What kind of card security can I add to my cards?

We can add overlays and holograms to your cards, which provide an extra layer of anti-fraud, anti-forgery protection.Custom printed PVC membership card sample

How long will it take to get my custom printed cards?

Once we have approved, print-ready artwork and receive payment, orders usually ship in 2-3 weeks.

What type of artwork do I need to provide?

Your artwork should be print-ready artwork in CMYK color mode, at 300 dpi. Acceptable file types include:

  • .psd (Adobe Photoshop)
  • .pdf (Adobe PDF)
  • .jpg
  • .tiff

What is your minimum order?

Custom printed PVC gift card sampleCustom printed cards are available in quantities from 500 to millions of units.

What are your set-up fees?

There is no setup fee required for custom cards -- our prices are all-inclusive.

Do you have any card design templates available?

Yes. If you are preparing your card design in Adobe Photoshop, download a template below or contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 or sales@idcardgroup.comNote: these templates work with Photoshop CS2 and are set up for CMYK color spectrum.

Ready to get started?

Find out how to create your custom printed PVC cards in 4 easy steps.


If you need help with a custom card printing order - or with choosing the best generic or brand name PVC card stock for your needs - call an ID expert at 877-868-0012 or sales@idcardgroup.com. We'll make it easy for you! 

ID Card Group offers a price match guarantee, provides free shipping on orders over $100, and accepts purchase orders.


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