Shop and compare Fargo ID card printers at IDCardGroup.comBuilt on Fargo’s Secure Mark® Technology, the updated line of Fargo card printers are some of the most user friendly – and highly secure – printers available today.

From the C50 value class low volume printer – to the highest security HDP5000 professional printer – and all models in between, you’ll find a printer suited to your needs. All come with an impressive set of features backed by the quality and reliability of the HID Global brand.

Scan the following comparison charts and the overview of all Fargo printer models below to help you find the right Fargo printer for your needs. You can also read our Fargo printer reviews (links below the charts).

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Which Fargo Card Printer is Right For Me?

The following charts compare Fargo card printers by different markets, applications, and security needs:

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Fargo ID Card Printer Models & Features Expert Reviews

The following list of Fargo printers ranges from value class to professional class. Links to ID Expert reviews are included:

Fargo C50

  • Read our expert review of the Fargo C50 printer
  • Specifically designed for small businesses and their visitors
  • Single sided printer
  • Bundled with basic badging software, blank PVC cards, and a full-color YMCKO ribbon
  • Plug and play for instant, affordable full color card printing
  • Upgradable badging software to grow with your needs
  • Optional custom secure ribbons

Fargo DTC1250e

  • Read our expert review of the Fargo DTC1250e printer
  • Standard low volume ID card printer that replaces Fargo DTC1000 printer
  • Single or dual sided solution for small businesses, schools, and local governments
  • Fastest card print speeds in its class saves time and money
  • Ideal for producing ID badges requiring mag stripe or smart card security features
  • Intuitive interface plus EZ ribbon cartridges with built-in card cleaning roller
  • AES 256 data encryption available

Fargo DTC4250e

  • Read our expert review of the Fargo DTC4250e printer
  • Mid-level card printer with a modular design that can be upgraded as needed. Replaces Fargo DTC4000
  • Single or dual sided solution for small to mid-size businesses, schools, and local government agencies
  • Produce large quantities of extremely durable ID cards and badges quickly
  • Modular design that is easily adapted whenever your organization grows or your card printing needs change
  • Embedded iCLASS SE smart card encoder and AES-256 data decryption for protection of financial information
  • Can also be password protected so only approved operators can print and encode security cards and visitor badges

Fargo DTC4500e

  • Read our expert review of the Fargo DTC4500e printer
  • High-volume, high security badge printer with optional laminator module for more sophisticated and secure card applications. Replaces Fargo DTC550.
  • Number one choice for large corporations and government institutions needing a robust and reliable way to personalize and program technology cards in high volumes
  • Modular design to grow with your printing needs
  • Optional locking card hopper
  • Custom secure ribbons and overlaminates available

Fargo HDP5000 & Fargo Duplex HDP5000

  • Professional level retransfer card printers featuring High Definition Printing™ – the most advanced card printer technology available
  • Superior double-sided card print quality, reliability, durability and security
  • Highest image quality—at a price that a broad range of organizations can afford
  • Retransfer printer technology is ideal for printing the most commonly used technology cards, including contact and contactless smart cards, and clamshell proximity cards
  • Distribute card issuance over a network to any location

The ID Card Group Advantage

ID Card Group is an authorized Fargo printer dealer and Fargo Service ProviderAs an authorized Fargo/HID printer dealer and service provider, has years of experience working with customers who use Fargo/HID printers, cleaning supplies, and kits. Not only do we have a deep technical knowledge of Fargo/HID card printers, but we also maintain the best prices guaranteed! We carry the full line of Fargo/HID products, including card printers, color ribbons and monochrome ribbons – and can help you choose the best Fargo printer for you.


For more information on the Fargo printers – or for help choosing the right printer for your ID program’s needs – contact an ID expert at 877-868-0012 or We’ll make it easy for you!

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