Author Archives: Charlotte

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!

Try the Supply Finder.

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.

Shop AlphaCard printers.

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 Badge 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.

Shop AlphaCard systems.

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.

Shop AlphaCard ribbons.

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.

Shop AlphaCard cleaning kits.

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.

Shop AlphaCard printer parts.

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.

Shop Zebra printers.

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.

Shop Zebra systems.

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.

Shop Zebra ribbons.

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.

Shop Zebra cleaning kits.

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 Badge Builder for Mac

AlphaCard Badge 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 Badge 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 Badge 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 Badge 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 Badge Builder software editions to best decide which software meets your ID card needs.

Download the FREE software trial now!

From employee photo ID cards to visitor badges, access control cards for doors or computers, and payment cards for the cafeteria, keeping your cards easily accessible is important!

Guide to ID Badge Accessories

Lanyards – Lanyards are incredibly easy to use with any uniform or dress code because they are worn around your neck, not attacked to your clothing or pocket. Lanyards are vailable in safety breakaway styles (that open if the lanyard is caught or grabbed to avoid choking), a range of widths and materials, and a rainbow of colors.

Badge Reels – Almost as popular as lanyards, badge reels clip onto your clothing or pockets. The retractable cord ensures that your card snaps back into place after you’ve swiped it, so it’s never in your way. Badge reels are available in a range of colors and shapes, and heavy duty reels are designed to withstand active use.

Strap Clips – Commonly used with visitor ID badges and other temporary card programs, strap clips are small plastic strips that snap closed to secure your ID badge and then clip onto your clothing.

Pins & Magnets – Designed to attached directly to your card, most pins and magnets use an adhesive to securely attack to the back of an ID card. This makes them a great option for generic visitor badges that don’t have the visitor’s information and will be reused for future visitors, or for badges you don’t plan to replace often.

Shop all ID accessories on DiscountID.

We are excited to announce that the new AlphaCard PRO series ID card printers are now available at DiscountID! Each PRO printer comes with built-in AlphaGuard watermark technology for advanced visual card security, an industry-leading warranty with Pro-Xchange, and a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support.

AlphaCard PRO Series Printers

The AlphaCard PRO 100 is an entry-level ID card printer, designed for one-off card printing for small organizations. The PRO 100 has a three year manufacturer warranty.

The AlphaCard PRO 500 is a mid-level ID card printer with options for single or dual-sided ID card printing and a 30 card output hopper for small batch printing. The PRO 500 has a four year manufacturer warranty.

The AlphaCard PRO 700 is the most advanced option with built-in Custom AlphaGuard watermark technology (a $598 value); this allows your organization to design a watermark that is unique to your cards, making them even easier to identify. The PRO 700 has a four year manufacturer warranty.

AlphaCard PRO Series Photo ID Card Systems

Each AlphaCard PRO series photo ID card system comes with all the supplies you need to start printing cards right out of the box. You’ll get a printer, software, blank cards, printer ribbon, and more.

AlphaCard PRO printers are compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. If you have a Windows computer, choose the AlphaCard ID Suite software. If you have a Mac computer, choose the AlphaCard Badge Builder software.

AlphaCard PRO Series Supplies

All AlphaCard PRO printers use genuine AlphaCard supplies to help you get the best print quality. Choose from a variety of full color and monochrome ribbons and cleaning kits.

To get the best print quality from your ID card printer, you should only ever use the parts recommended by the manufacturer. Not sure which supplies work with your printer? Our DiscountID Supply Finder tool is here to help!

Using the Supply Finder takes just seconds – simply select the printer brand from the first drop down, then your printer model from the second drop down.

Try it today for a faster, easier supply ordering process!

The DiscountID Ribbon & Supply Finder tool.