Printing your own ID cards can save you from the hassle and long waits of professionally printed cards, and an entry-level printer is probably cheaper than you’d expect! We’re rounding up our most affordable printers below.

Affordable Card Printers from ID Card Group

Low-volume card printers are a great solution if you want to design and print custom cards on demand for employee IDs, volunteer badges, membership cards, or whatever else your organization needs on a budget. These printers may have limited features and upgrade options (part of what keeps their price low) but they still print quality cards.

AlphaCard PRO 100 ID Card Printer – The AlphaCard PRO 100 ID card printer is a single-sided hand feed only printer. The PRO 100 comes with built-in AlphaCard watermark technology which requires no additional supplies so you can add one of four watermark designs to you cards for added visual security at no added cost.

Datacard SD160 ID Card Printer – The Datacard SD160 is a single-sided printer with a 100 card input hopper and 25 card output hopper. If you need to print larger batches as your organization grows, upgrade to the 200 card input hopper and 100 card output hopper.

Fargo C50 ID Card Printer – The Fargo C50 card printer is a single-sided printer with a compact design perfect for small offices. Batch print small runs of cards with the 50 card input hopper and 30 card output hopper.

Zebra ZXP Series 1 ID Card Printer – The Zebra ZXP Series 1 printer is Zebra’s smallest ID card printer but it still boasts Zebra’s fast print speeds. The ZXP Series 1 is a single-sided printer with a 100 card input hopper and 50 card output hopper for small batch printing.

IDP Smart-30 ID Card Printer – The IDP Smart-30 printer is a single-sided card printer with an upgrade option to dual-sided printing. The Smart-30 features a hand-feed slot and 100 card input hopper and 25 card output hopper.


For help choosing the right ID card printer to fit your needs, contact an ID Expert at (877) 868-0012 or We’re happy to walk you through your options and answer questions.

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