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The key to making your ID cards last longer is to protect them from the sun damage, bending, or scratches that can break or damage a card – and badge holders are just the tools for the job.

Clear Flexible Holders

Clear flexible badge holders are the most common style, so you’ll have the most options with these holders. The clear material makes it easy to see the badge inside the holder. The flexible material won’t protect the card from bending, but will protect it from dirt and scratches.

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Colored Flexible Holders

Colored badge holders still have the clear face you need to read a badge, but use colors to make the holders more eye-catching. Many organizations use the different colors to clearly identify different types of card holders to make it easier to spot employees, visitors, guests, etc.

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Rigid Holders

Rigid holders are made from stiffer plastic than flexible holders, which allows them to prevent the card from bending and potentially snapping. Rigid holders are available in both clear and colored styles.

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Magnetic Holders

Other badge holders either have slots for attaching to lanyards and reels, or they have a built-in clothing clip. Magnetic holders instead of a magnetic attachment on the back so you can wear the holder like any other magnetic badge or pin.

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Card Dispensers

If you need to remove cards from their holders for scanning or swiping, a card dispenser-style holder will make it quick and easy to get the card in and out. These rigid holders have specialized slots and sliders for removing the cards.

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Never buy card software that doesn’t meet your needs again – download our FREE six week trial of AlphaCard ID Suite or AlphaCard ID Builder so you can try it before you buy!

AlphaCard ID Suite – for PC

Our most popular software, AlphaCard ID Suite is designed for PC (compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10) computers. This free software trial allows you to test out all editions of the software.

AlphaCard ID Suite Light – entry-level with basic card design and database options & a built-in database for 200 records

AlphaCard ID Suite Standard – features a wide range of card design options, can connect an external database, unlimited built-in database

AlphaCard ID Suite Professional – extra security and database features to your program including biometrics, compatible with MS SQL, MySQL, and SQLite databases

AlphaCard ID Suite Elite – most advanced edition, can password protect files, create custom user authorizations, encode MIFARE cards

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AlphaCard ID Builder – for Mac

If you have a Mac computer, you’re not left out – DiscountID carries the full line of AlphaCard ID Builder software, designed for Mac OS versions 10.5 and above. This free software trial allows you to test out all editions of the software.

AlphaCard ID Builder Basic – entry-level software, built-in database for 300 records (100 if you store photos), includes pre-designed card templates

AlphaCard ID Builder Standard – for small to mid-sized organizations, unlimited built-in database, can connect an external XLS, XLSX, CSV, or TXT database

AlphaCard ID Builder Professional – image acquisition through SKD, multi-layout card designs, can connect an external MSAccess or SQLite database

AlphaCard ID Builder Elite – most advanced edition, user account management, audit reporting, ODBC connection to an external database

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Lanyards are some of our best selling ID accessories because they come in every color and style you could want, are useful for displaying more than just an ID card, and withstand years of use.

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Some of our most popular lanyards include:

Lanyard/Reel Combo 5/8” Lanyards – pack of 100, available in eight colors.

Standard 5/8” Flat Ribbed Lanyards – pack of 100 with a swivel hook, choose your color and breakaway option.

Standard 3/8” Flat Braided Lanyards – pack of 100, choose your attachment style, color, and breakaway option.

Standard 1/8” Round Braided Lanyards – pack of 100 with a swivel hook, choose your color and breakaway option.

Fashion 3/8” Rhinestone Lanyards – pack of 10, available in five colors.

Neon Fashion 5/8” Lanyards – pack of 100, available in six neon colors.

Fashion 5/8” Chevron Lanyards – pack of 10, available in four colors.

Don’t see what you want in our most popular list? Shop all ID lanyards on DiscountID.

If you are trying to buy an ID card printer for the first time, the wide range of printer options may be daunting. So why not ask the ID experts at DiscountID for a free printer recommendation?

Just answer three key questions that help us understand your card needs – how many cards you plan to print per year, if you need to print on both sides, and do you need to encode magnetic stripe cards? Then fill in your contact information, and we’ll get back to you with a custom printer recommendation.

Fill out this quick form for your free expert printer recommendation!

To get the best print quality and prevent damage to your ID card printer, you should only use the cards, ribbons, and cleaning kits 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, and all you need to do is answer two questions. First, your printer brand; second, your printer model. That’s it!

If you aren’t sure which printer you have, the brand and model is usually on the front of the printer or the serial number on the bottom of the printer.

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An ID card printer is the central piece you’ll need to print ID cards for your organization, but it isn’t the ONLY thing you’ll need to get started. Our Complete ID Card Systems have all the supplies you need to help streamline and simplify the process!

What Comes in a Complete ID System?

When you buy an ID card printer, you get just the printer and any power and USB cables it comes with. But what about the blank ID cards, printer ribbon, card design and database software, digital ID camera, and cleaning kit you also need?

That’s why we’ve created our Complete ID Card Systems – we take the guess work out of making sure you get all the supplies you need and guarantee they will work with your printer.

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DiscountID is proud to offer a wide range of ID card systems that meet the needs of both large and small businesses. Shop ID card system categories including single-sided systems, dual-sided systems, laminating systems, AlphaCard PRO series systems with built-in AlphaGuard watermark technology, and more.

ID badge reels are extremely popular ID accessories because they keep your ID cards easily at hand for swiping and scanning, keep photo IDs facing out for security purposes, and won’t get in the way while working the same way an ID swinging on a lanyard might.

Our Top Badge Reel Picks

Standard Round Badge Reels, pack of 25 – choose from over twenty colors and two clip types. These are a basic reel, used in every industry from education to business and hospitality.

No-twist Round Badge Reels, pack of 25 – choose from seven colors and two clip types. These reels keep your IDs facing forward.

Lanyard/Reel Combo, pack of 100 – choose from four colors. These reels are attached to a lanyard, giving you the benefits of both ID accessories.

Premium Square No-twist Reels, pack of 25 – choose from six colors and two clip types. Their unique square shape and premium design is an upgrade over standard round reels.

No-twist Carabiner Reels, pack of 25 – choose from four colors. Instead of a belt or swivel clip, these reels have a carabiner to attach to keys or other items.

Round Badge Reels with Reinforced Straps, pack of 25 – choose from five colors. The reinforced vinyl strap on these reels will last longer and keep your cards securely attached.

Need Something Else?

DiscountID carries a wide range of ID badge reels, but if you don’t see something online that meets your needs you can contact our experts to help you find the perfect ID accessory.

Blank ID cards come in several styles, allowing you to choose the material and special features (like magnetic stripes, smart chips, or signature panels) that your unique ID card design requires.

Standard Card Options

Standard PVC blank white ID cards are used for most card applications, because they are the perfect blank slate. But if you need composite cards for a laminator or reverse transfer printer, there are standard size blank white composite cards too.

Don’t want plain white cards? You can also choose from standard-size colored cards, in a wide range of colors. Please note that you should only print monochrome on colored cards.

You can ever get cards with signature panels on them if you want to include cardholder signatures on the cards, popular in retail rewards programs and gift cards.

Encoded & Prox Card Options

Magnetic stripe cards are easy to use and encode with ID card software and a card printer, and come in PVC HiCo and PVC LoCo varieties along with composite HiCo.

If you want to use your cards to help secure your building, proximity cards are a great option – these cards help you control who has access to open doors, without the security issues and hassles of traditional keys.

Card printer ribbons come in a wide range of styles – if you are new to ID card printers, do you know which ribbon is the right one? Use this handy guide to understand ribbons and when to use them.

Quick Guide to Ribbon Names

ID card printers use YMC colors – or yellow, magenta, and cyan – to print your designs. Those three colors, plus a black panel, are the key to every type of ribbon.

Y = Yellow

M = Magenta

C = Cyan

K = Black

In addition, most will include a clear overlay (O) panel to help protect your cards.

Common Ribbon Types & When to Use Them

The two most common types of ribbons are single and dual-sided full color ribbons.

A YMCKO ribbon will print full color plus black and the overlay, on one side of the card. Use this ribbon if you are printing a single-sided card design that needs full color.

A YMCKOK ribbon will print full color plus black and the overlay on one side of the card, and plain black on the back side. Use this ribbon if you are printing a dual-sided card design that does not need full color on the back. If you do need full color on both sides you can use a YMCKO ribbon, but your yield (the number of cards you can print) will be cut in half.

Monochrome ribbons print only a single color, and come in colors like black, red, green, and blue. Use a monochrome ribbon if you need to print in a single color with no shades or shadows.

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DiscountID carries all the ribbons and other printing supplies you need from major manufacturers including AlphaCard, Fargo, Evolis, Zebra, IDP, Datacard, and Magicard. Shop all ribbons and supplies on our website.

Looking to add some shine and fun to your ID card program? Fashion accessories make it easy to access your badges and look good, and these rhinestone lanyards and reels are fun just in time for New Years!

Rhinestone lanyards come in packs of 10, available in five sparkly colors – choose from blue, clear, purple, pink, or red. These lanyards are 3/8″ flat lanyards, 36″ long, with a lobster claw swivel hook attachment.

Rhinestone badge reels come in packs of 25, and are available in four fun colors – choose from black, blue, pink, or purple. The reels measure 32mm in diameter with a 34″ cord and a belt clip to attack to your clothing.

Not looking for rhinestone lanyards or reels? Shop our wide selection of ID accessories in a range of colors and styles.