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Our expert ID staff has been factory trained and certified to sell, troubleshoot and even repair your ID printer. Need help choosing the best card printer for your organization? We'll help you find the answers below. See our tips, view our infographic, read our expert printer reviews, or contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012. We'll make it easy for you. ID Card Group is an authorized retailer of id card printers from the industy's top manufacturers. Browse our card printers by Brand, Printer Capability or Print Volume:
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ID Card Group carries the widest selection of ID card printers, designed to meet any card printing need. Shop ID card printers by feature to find the printer that will work best for your organization including single or dual-sided, type of print technology, lamination, and more.
AlphaCard ID card printers give you industry-leading support and print quality on a range of ID card printers designed for every organization from small to large. Each AlphaCard PRO printer comes with lifetime AlphaCare support, a free year of AlphaCardPlus ($298 value), and an industry-leading warranty with Pro-Xchange.Shop AlphaCard Printers
Datacard® offers a full-line of ID card printers to meet your needs, so you can instantly issue any type of plastic card from standard school ID badges to professional- looking payment cards to high-security government ID badges. With Datacard printers, expect easy operation, proven performance and cost-effective results.Shop Datacard Printers
IDP printers are highly efficient and easy-to-order. Designed to be flexible, you can easily add a dual-side flipper, laminator or encoder at any time to make your IDP printer fit your long-term ID card printing needs.Shop IDP Printers
The line of Evolis Printers has emerged as a leader in the plastic card printing industry with eye-catching designs, user friendly interfaces, and powerful card printing and encoding features. All Evolis card printer models, including the Badgy, Zenius, Primacy and Avansia offer cutting-edge card print technology at affordable price points.Shop Evolis Printers
Fargo by HID offers reliable Fargo card printers with direct-to-card print capabilities in a range of prices - from the affordable C50 Printer to the high-security DTC4500e, with the mid-range DTC4250e in between. For even more security and power, the Fargo HDP5000 is a high-definition retransfer printer.Shop Fargo Printers
Magicard makes card printing easy with a streamlined approach that lets you upgrade your printer on-site, when you need it most. All Magicard printers, including the popular Pronto, Enduro and Rio Pro models, also offer built-in HoloKote anti-counterfeiting technology, a patented process that lets you watermark ID cards and badges at no extra cost during the normal print cycle.Shop Magicard Printers
Known for delivering reliable performance and excellent print quality, Zebra offers one of the widest ranges of card printers with multiple options to meet any card printing need. The ZXP Series line of printers includes both dye sublimation and reverse transfer printers with options for single or dual-sided printing and lamination.Shop Zebra Printers
With such a wide range of ID card printers, evaluating the options can be overwhelming. This FREE 7-step guide will walk you through choosing the perfect card printer.Get Your Free Guide
How do you pick an ID card printer with so many choices available? First, know that every brand offers a range of printers, and many come with flexible options. If your card print needs will change in the future, pick a model that can be upgraded later (look for terms like "modular" or "field upgradable"). Next, learn a bit about the card printer types offered by the leading brands:
Value Class Printers — The most basic card printer type, these entry-level printers are the least expensive, but often do not have a wide range of options and do not offer the highest print quality. They are great for low-level security needs.
Professional Class Printers — This is a wide ranging group of printers that can work for many applications. They include both standard and high-volume printers, offer professional print quality, and are great for photo ID badges. They can also produce medium or high-security ID cards, depending on the options you choose.
Secure Class Printers — The highest security ID cards are produced by retransfer printers, which use a special print technology to produce tamper-resistant cards. These printers and their supplies can be expensive, and are best used in highly-secure areas.
Finally, consider your top three ID card factors:
ID Expert Tip — Volume is the one factor that cannot be upgraded later, so choose wisely. However, unless you will use your printer every day, you can save quite a bit by purchasing a less expensive low- or standard-volume card printer. It works in 80% of card print situations.
ID Expert Tip — A single sided card printer can be used to print on two card sides — you just have to run it through your card printer twice. Some printers can also be upgraded later. Monochrome printers are typically used in specialized situations and don’t offer huge cost savings, so it is almost always more practical to purchase a color printer and use monochrome ribbons. Finally, the difference between the print clarity of an entry-level printer, a professional-class printer and a retransfer printer can be big. Call 877-868-0012 if you want to see some ID card samples from different badge printers before you make a choice.
Basic ID or membership card — For basic visual identification, any entry-level printer and standard pvc card stock will work. Examples include: loyalty cards, membership cards, student IDs and gift cards.
Low Security Magnetic Stripe Cards — For ID swiping, most entry-level and professional class printers with magnetic stripe encoder and card stock will work. Examples include: loyalty cards, hotel cards, gift cards and time cards
Medium Security Access (Smart) Cards — For contactless access control, professional-class printers with smart card encoder will work. Examples include: access control and kiosk payment cards.
High Security Laminated or Retransfer Cards — For UV or holographic authentication protocols, professional-class or retransfer printers with lamination module will work. Must use composite PVC card stock. Examples include: high security facility access, drivers licenses and rugged use cards.
ID Expert Tip — In order to be able to use these features, you must have card stock designed for your encoding technology. While magnetic stripe cards are not much more expensive than plain cards, “smart cards” can cost considerably more.
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Our expert ID staff has been factory trained and certified to sell, troubleshoot and even repair your ID printer. Need help choosing the best card printer for your organization? We'll help you find the answers below. See our tips, view our infographic, read our expert printer reviews, or contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012. We'll make it easy for you. ID Card Group is an authorized retailer of id card printers from the industy's top manufacturers. Browse our card printers by brand, printer capability or print volume.