Visually secure cards is a popular way to improve security – using distinct designs and security features, you can make your cards easy to identify as authentic and harder to tamper with or duplicate.

Why Choose AlphaCard for Secure Printing

Every AlphaCard PRO series ID card printer comes with built-in AlphaGuard watermark technology, allowing you to print a holographic-style watermark directly on your cards. And even better, the AlphaGuard technology doesn’t add any costs or require any special equipment!

How AlphaGuard Works

Using the clear overcoat panel in a YMCKO, YMCKOK, or KO ribbon, the AlphaCard PRO printer “burns” the hologram-like watermark design over your printed cards. This allows the design to be easily seen when light is reflected off the card, but doesn’t interfere with your ability to see the card design.

For the PRO 100 and PRO 500 printers, you can choose from four built-in AlphaGuard designs which repeat in a 4×6 grid over your card: Secure Shield Grid, Globe Grid, Geometric Box Grid, and Wavelength Grid.

For the PRO 700, you have five built-in AlphaGuard designs: Secure Shield Grid, Globe Grid, Geometric Box Grid, 3D Box Grid, and an Intricate Universe Full-Card design. With the PRO 700, you can also design a Custom AlphaGuard, included FREE with your purchase (a $589 value).

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AlphaCard PRO series printers at DiscountID come with all the supplies you need to start printing high quality, visually secure cards right out of the box. Every system comes with AlphaCard ID Suite software, but you can upgrade your system to include the Mac-compatible AlphaCard ID Builder software if you use a Mac computer.

Choose from these popular systems:

AlphaCard PRO 100 Starter System with AlphaCard ID Suite Basic software

AlphaCard PRO 100 System with AlphaCard ID Suite Light software

AlphaCard PRO 500 System with AlphaCard ID Suite Light software

AlphaCard PRO 700 System with AlphaCard ID Suite Light software

ID lanyards are the most popular ID accessory for a good reason – they are easy to use, work with every type of badge and card, and come in a wide range of styles. Shop all our popular lanyard options!

Shop Lanyards by Attachment Type

The attachments on lanyards are designed to work with slot punched cards, or cards placed in a badge holder. If you want a specific type of attachment due to functionality, you can shop by attachment type. Some of our more popular attachments include:

Bulldog clips to keep your badges facing forward & easily open and close

Split rings to easily hold an ID card, keys, and more

Swivel hooks for quickly and easily attaching to cards

Wide plastic hooks for keeping your badges facing forward

Shop by Lanyard Color

If you’re looking for lanyards in a specific color to match your business logo or school mascot, or to help identify different types of cardholders, you can search for lanyards by color. Our most popular colors include:

Black lanyards

Navy blue lanyards

Red lanyards

Royal blue lanyards

Shop Fashion Lanyards

Our fashion lanyards give you all the convenience of a lanyard, but with more of an eye toward style. Fashion options include:

Rhinestone lanyards in blue, pink, purple, red, and clear

Neon lanyards in green, blue, orange, pink, purple, and yellow

Chevron printed lanyards in black, emerald green, Monaco blue, and nectarine

Paint splatter printed lanyards with a breakaway clip and swivel hook attachment

Organizations on a tight budget can still get a powerful ID card system – our best budget systems, rounded up below, include a printer, software, and all the supplies you’ll need to get started.

What Comes in a System?

Every ID card system from DiscountID includes all the supplies you need to start printing cards right out of the box. Systems include:

– An ID card printer

– Card design software

– Blank cards

– A full color printer ribbon

– A digital camera for taking ID photos

Best Systems on a Budget

These budget systems are designed for small organizations who don’t need to heavily customize or upgrade their printer.

AlphaCard PRO 100 Starter System – The most affordable system at only $998, this system includes the AlphaCard PRO 100 printer but does not come with a digital ID camera.

AlphaCard PRO 100 System – This system also features the entry-level AlphaCard PRO 100 ID card printer, but does include the digital ID camera if you need to take cardholder photos.

Fargo C50 System – This compact Fargo C50 printer is a single-sided printer with a 50 card input hopper for organizations that need to print small batches of cards.

Fargo DTC1250e System – With a larger hopper (100 cards) and faster print speeds, this Fargo DTC1250e printer system is the next step up from the basic C50 system.

Zebra ZXP Series 1 System – The ZXP Series 1 printer is extremely compact, ideal for traveling if you need to print your ID cards on the go.

Your ID cards take time, effort, and money to produce – protect your cards with badge holders so they last longer, allowing your organizations and cardholders to get the most use out of their ID cards!

Clear Flexible Badge Holders

Clear flexible badge holders are the most common type, available in a wide range of styles including vertical, horizontal, archive quality, clip on, magnetic, and more.

Color Flexible Badge Holders

Colored flexible badge holders come in a range of colors including black, red, green, blue, yellow, and white – these different colored holders can be used to help identify different groups of cardholders such as employees, visitors, and contractors.

Rigid Badge Holders

Rigid badge holders are more durable than the flexible styles, and provide more protection from bending or snapping.

If you want to increase security in your building without adding a lot of cost or complications to your ID card system, try temporary visitor badges with designs that appear once the badges expire! These makes it easy for anyone to spot a visitor who is no longer allowed in the building.

Expiring Visitor Badges

Expiring visitor badges, like these ONEstep TIMEbadges or these clip on expiring visitor badges, have a distinct red line design that shows up one day after you’ve issued the badge to a visitor. They are easy to fill out (just write in the visitor’s name) and help you spot unauthorized visitors.

Reusable Expiring Badges

If you want more durable badges that can be reused, try VOIDbadge visitor ID badges with expiring TIMEtoken stickers. To use, apply an expiring visitor sticker on the badge – in one day the badge will expire. Then just remove the sticker and replace it with a new one the next time you issue that badge!

School Visitor Badges

These school-specific expiring visitor badges feature a green apply design that appears once the badge has expired.

To print your ID cards, your printer requires some basic supplies – blank cards, color or monochrome ribbons, cleaning kits, and more. We have all the supplies you need from every major manufacturer.

Shop Supplies by Manufacturer

Shop all the supplies you need for printing high quality ID cards including full color ribbons, monochrome ribbons, reverse transfer film, lamination film, cleaning kits, and more:

AlphaCard ribbons and supplies

Datacard ribbons and supplies

Evolis ribbons and supplies

IDP ribbons and supplies

Fargo ribbons and supplies

Magicard ribbons and supplies

Zebra ribbons and supplies

Overlaminates

Cleaning kits

DiscountID Supply Finder

Not sure which products are compatible with your ID card printer? We can help – the Supply Finder tool makes it easy to find everything you need. Just select your printer manufacturer and model!

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AlphaCard PRO series ID card printers come in three styles, all with built-in AlphaGuard watermark technology for visually secure cards. DiscountID carries all the supplies you need from AlphaCard.

AlphaCard Printers

AlphaCard PRO series ID card printers are designed to give you high quality, visually secure cards without the higher costs or extra materials other printers require. All three models (the PRO 100, PRO 500, and PRO 700) feature built-in AlphaCard watermark technology so you can print a holographic-style design over your finished cards – and with the PRO 700, you can also design your own Custom AlphaGuard at no additional cost!

AlphaCard PRO series printers also include industry-leading manufacturer warranties, Pro-Xchange replacement program, and a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support.

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AlphaCard Systems

For the easiest printing experience right out of the box, go with a complete AlphaCard ID card system which comes with all the supplies you need to design and print your first cards. And each system includes industry-leading AlphaCard software – AlphaCard ID Suite for PC users, or switch to AlphaCard ID Builder for Mac.

Our systems only include supplies, accessories, and software that is compatible with your printer so you can use everything without any hassle.

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AlphaCard Ribbons

To print your cards, you’ll need an AlphaCard printer ribbon. These ribbons come in a range of formats for single and dual-sided printing in both full color and monochrome. Your AlphaCard printer will use the overcoat panel to print your AlphaGuard watermark design on your cards.

You should only use genuine AlphaCard ribbons with your AlphaCard card printer.

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AlphaCard Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come – we recommend cleaning your AlphaCard printer every time you change the ribbon. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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AlphaCard Printer Parts

DiscountID also carries all the printer parts, upgrade kits, and replacement parts you need to keep your AlphaCard PRO series printer running in top shape.

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ID card printers come with a wide variety of features so you can find one that meets your card printing needs. But do you know the key differences between low, mid, and high-volume printers?

Low-Volume Printers

Printers designed for low volume printing are ideal for small organizations without many employees or members to print cards for, so they do not need to print large batches of cards. This allows a small organization to save money, as low-volume printers are generally cheaper than their larger counterparts but still have options for encoding, Ethernet, and more.

The most basic low-volume printers only offer single-feed printing, where you manually feed in each card one at a time, like the AlphaCard PRO 100 or Zebra ZXP Series 1 printers.

Mid-Volume Printers

Mid-volume ID card printers work for the majority of card printing needs – their ability to batch print cards saves time and effort for any organization that needs to print multiple cards at a time without the slower printing of a single-feed printer.

These printers come in single or dual-sided printing, with options for encoding, Ethernet, and more. Their hoppers may range from 100 card input/30 card output like the AlphaCard PRO 500,  to the 100 card input/25 card output hoppers of the Datacard SD260, or up to 100 card input/40 card output hoppers of the IDP Smart-50.

High-Volume Printers

If you need to print large numbers of cards quickly and efficiently, you’ll want a high-volume ID card printer. Used by larger organizations like schools to print student and staff IDs at the start of each school year, these printers have larger hoppers to minimize down time between print jobs.

High-volume card printers are available with the standard single or dual-sided, encoding, and Ethernet options found with other card printers; they also tend to have more advanced options including lamination.

High-volume ID cards printers include the Zebra ZXP Series 7 with a 200 card input hopper and 100 card output hopper, the IDP Smart-70 with a 500 card input hopper and 100 card output hopper, and the reverse transfer Fargo HDP5600 with a 100 card input hopper and 200 card output hopper.

Zebra ID card printers come in a wide range of styles, from single-sided entry-level printers to advanced reverse transfer high-volume printers. DiscountID carries all the supplies you need from Zebra.

Zebra Printers

Zebra ID card printer are easy to use, reliable, and meet the needs of everyone from a small retail store printing loyalty cards to a large college printing student and employee ID cards. Choose from single or dual-sided, magnetic stripe encoding, and more.

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Zebra Systems

For the easiest printing experience right out of the box, go with a complete Zebra ID card system which comes with all the supplies you need to design and print your first cards. Our systems only include supplies, accessories, and software that is compatible with your printer so you can use everything without any hassle.

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Zebra Ribbons

To print your cards, you’ll need a Zebra printer ribbon. These ribbons come in a range of formats for single and dual-sided printing in both full color and monochrome. You should only use genuine Zebra ribbons with your Zebra card printer.

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Zebra Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come – we recommend cleaning your Zebra printer every time you change the ribbon. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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If you’re using old ID card software, you’re not getting the best value from your ID card system. Try premium AlphaCard card design software, for PC or Mac users, today with a free six week trial.

AlphaCard ID Suite for PC

AlphaCard ID Suite Light is the entry-level edition, giving you basic card design and database options. This software uses a built-in database that can hold up to 200 records.

AlphaCard ID Suite Standard is the most popular edition, featuring a wide range of card design features and the option to connect an external database, or use the unlimited built-in database.

AlphaCard ID Suite Professional adds extra security and database features to your program, with fully supported biometrics and compatibility with MS SQL, MySQL, and SQLite databases.

AlphaCard ID Suite Elite is the most advanced edition, designed for large organizations that prize security. With this edition you can password protect your files, customize your user authorizations, and encode MIFARE cards.

AlphaCard ID Builder for Mac

AlphaCard ID Builder Basic is entry-level software with a built-in database that holds up to 300 records (100 if you store photos on your database). It comes with pre-designed card templates, background designs, Clipart, and shapes for fast and easy card designing.

AlphaCard ID Builder Standard is the most popular edition, designed for use by small to mid-sized organizations. The Standard edition has an unlimited built-in database, and options to connect an external XLS, XLSX, CSV, or TXT database. Standard also includes a built-in image editor and image effects.

AlphaCard ID Builder Professional has a wide range of design and database options including image acquisition through SKD, multi-layout card designs, and OLE objects and photos on database records. With Professional, you can connect an external MSAccess or SQLite database.

AlphaCard ID Builder Elite is the most advanced edition with user account management, audit reporting, and search (query) records. With Elite, you also have an ODBC connection to an external database.

FREE Six Week Trial

For a full six weeks you can test all of the AlphaCard ID Suite or AlphaCard ID Builder software editions to best decide which software meets your ID card needs.

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