Generic White CR79 Adhesive PVC card stockAdhesive PVC ID cards feature a peel-off backing that reveals an adhesive so the card can be applied to other materials, including proximity cards, making adhesive cards a perfect choice for a variety of single-sided identification applications.

Available as brand name and generic card stock, adhesive PVC cards come in two sizes:

  • CR80 – Standard credit card size that will lay on top of your card
  • CR79 – Slightly smaller than a credit card, the CR79 Adhesive card is commonly applied to clamshell proximity cards as it fits perfectly within its borders

How Adhesive PVC Cards Can Save You Money

CR79-80 Adhesive Back PVC cards at best pricesThe adhesive overlay allows you to reuse the original card by replacing only the printed adhesive overlay.

Adhesive cards can be created and printed like any other card, using any standard card design software and ID card printer.

However, due to their specialized smaller size, CR79 cards do not work in every ID card printer. Be sure to check your printer compatibility for CR79 cards. If you don’t have a compatible printer, we recommend using a CR80 Adhesive Card.Shop all adhesive PVC cards at

NOTE: Most card printer manufacturers recommend using mylar backed cards over paper backed cards for best results. Most adhesive PVC cards we carry offer a choice of paper back or mylar back at purchase.

CR 80 or CR 79 – Which Size is Right for My Prox Card Needs?

The CR80 Adhesive is same size as a standard credit card. CR 80 is the most commonly sized card and can fit in most ID card printers. While a CR80 adhesive overlay can fit onto your standard clamshell proximity card, the CR80 Adhesive card will lay on top of, not within, the proximity card’s borders.

The CR79 Adhesive PVC ID card is slightly smaller than a credit card (and the credit card-sized CR80 PVC card), and is a common choice for clamshell proximity cards as it fits perfectly within its borders.

When deciding if a CR79 Adhesive card is right for your operation, make sure your printer’s specifications support the CR79 PCV card size and handle cards that are 16 mil to 30 mil in thickness to accommodate the adhesive paper backings. If your printer does not meet these specifications, you should consider the slightly larger CR80 adhesive PVC card to better suit your needs.

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