Taking care of you blank card stock is just as important as maintaining your printer. Keeping your cards clean is vital for ensuring that you get the best quality prints each and every time you use your printer. Any flaws that are on the card stock can be transferred to your print job, giving you less than ideal results.

Make sure to keep your blank cards free from debris and dust. Any stray particles on the surface of a card can cause imperfections and flaws when you print. Dust and debris can also damage the print head and other printing mechanisms inside your ID card printer.

To keep your cards clean keep them in the case they came in, or in an airtight and watertight container. Look the cards over before printing and keep a dust cloth at hand to wipe the cards off if you notice any dust or debris.

Taking note of the card storage temperature is also important. Extreme heat or cold can damage PVC cards, making them more brittle and susceptible to snapping. Store your cards in a temperature-controlled area and make sure not to put them through drastic temperature changes.

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To ensure peak performance from your ID card printer, just follow a few simple printer maintenance steps. We’ve gathered a few DiscountID general rules of thumb for maintaining your printer.

Clean your Printer Regularly

It’s good idea to clean your printer every time you change the ribbon. Cleaning kits often come with two important tools to do this – swabs and long alcohol-soaked cards.

The swabs are used to clean the printhead to remove dust and debris that may build up from the cards and the ribbons. Removing this dirt will help prevent streaky printing and damage to the printhead.

The long cards are inserted into the printer during the cleaning cycle and clean off the rollers as they go over the card, so any dust and debris they have picked up from cards is removed. This helps the rollers continue to accurately pick up and move cards through the printing process.

Along with cleaning the print head and rollers, make sure to clean the rest of the printer too. Use a can of compressed air, you can remove dust and debris from important printer mechanisms. This will help ensure that your cards won’t get jammed or have streaks.

Only use Recommended Supplies

Each manufacturer has cleaning kits developed specifically for use with their printers. While it may be tempting to use a discounted off-brand cleaning kit, this will only hurt your printer in the long run.

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Verify that Everything is Aligned Correctly

Printer mechanisms that are misaligned can cause marring or streaks and even jam cards. Taking the extra time to make sure that all the machinery lines up will ensure professional looking prints.

We are excited to show you the newly redesigned DiscountID website! The new site features an easier to navigate menu, a homepage that takes you straight to our most popular system, and more.

Starting from the top, the redesigned menu now includes large product images to make it easier to identify what you’re looking for along with quick links to our expert recommendations, supply finder, free software trial, and contact page.

Those same popular tools and offers are also found on each category pages, so you’re never more than a click away from the help you need.

The product pages now feature a larger area for product details, so you can easily see all the information you need about the printers, systems, or software. Not finding what you need? Every page also has a section at the bottom to request your free ID expert quote.

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UntitledHow you display, or wear, an ID card can make a huge difference in how easy or not it is access your card all day long – if you need to scan or show the card multiple times, you need it easily at hand.

But what are your options to keep it quickly accessible without letting it get in your way?


Lanyards are a popular choice because they are so easy to use – they can be worn with any uniform or outfit because it is work like a necklace, not clipped onto the cardholder’s clothing. Available in a wide range of materials and styles, lanyards are used by businesses in every industry.

One downside of lanyards, however, is that they may get in your way as you work. Lanyards can move around throughout the day, and will hang down if you lean forward (possible hitting a patient if you work in healthcare, for example).

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Badge Reels

Badge reels clip into your clothing either with a strap clip or belt clip. Also available in a wide range of colors and styles, reels are just as easy to use as a lanyard.

Their clip design holds the badge closer to your person during work, reducing the chances of it swinging in your way. But with especially delicate fabric the clips may pull or snag your clothing.

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Badge Holders

A badge holder are used to protect your ID cards – by putting them in a plastic holder you can prevent damage to the cards and prolong their life. Most badge holders have a slot at the top to attach to another ID accessory like a lanyard, reel, or strap clip, but some have clips on the back.

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Strap Clips

Strap clips are small, flexible clips that slide through the slot of your card or badge holder and snap closed to secure your ID card. Then you simply clip it onto your clothing or bag. Strap clips are quick and easy to use, a popular choice for visitor badges and other temporary IDs.

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Clips, Pins, Magnets

In addition to the main accessories, you can use a variety of clips, pins, or magnets. Some clips have adhesive backs so you can stick it right to the ID card or badge holder.

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WCR3237-600USBarcodes are an extremely common card feature because they can be printed by every ID card printer and encoded by almost all design software. But when you have to choose between 1D and 2D barcodes, do you know which one you need?

1D Barcodes

1D barcodes are the simple vertical line barcodes you see on cereal boxes, library books, and airline tickets. These barcodes hold small amounts of data and, depending on the style, can only hold up to 25 characters of data.

You may want to use 1D barcodes if you are printing basic ID cards without complicated uses, or your software only encodes 1D barcodes.

2D Barcodes & QR Codes

2D barcodes go far beyond the basic vertical lines of the 1D style. Designed with squares, dots, horizontal lines, or other patterns, 2D barcodes give you more options for customization. 2D barcodes can hold larger amounts of data, so these may be a good option if you need more than 25 characters. QR codes are the most commonly used types of 2D barcodes.

2D barcodes do require special barcode readers, so they may not work with your existing equipment. Not all card software can encode 2D barcodes, so make sure your software edition has this feature.

IDP ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your IDP card printer.

IDP Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need an IDP ribbon. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

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IDP Laminates

Laminating your ID cards will make them last longer and deter card tampering – an important feature for many secure businesses. Overlamiante film comes in a range of styles, including clear and holographic prints.

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IDP Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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If you have a Mac computer system you need to use for designing and printing ID cards, we recently added cardPresso Mac-compatible ID card design and database software to the DiscountID website!

Choose Your Edition

This Mac-compatible software is available in three editions, so you can select the features you need most!

cardPresso XS is an easy to use, entry-level software. It was a built-in database, or you can connect an external XLS, XLSX, CSV, or TXT database. The XS edition also has 1D and magnetic stripe encoding.

cardPresso XM has more advanced design and database features, including the ability to connect an external MSAccess or SQLite database. You can also encode 2D barcodes and acquire images through SDK.

cardPresso XL is the most advanced version, with the most design and database features. The XL edition allows ODBC connection to an external database, fingerprint capture, and user management.

System Requirements

cardPresso software is compatible with all ID card printers, and Mac OSX 10.5 and above. Your system must have a 64bit processor, 512MB of RAM, and 500MB of free hard drive space.

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A complete ID card system comes with everything you need to design and print ID cards, all in one box. This makes it quick and easy to get all the supplies you need, but do you know what comes in a system?

The Printer

First, and most importantly, each system comes with a professional-level ID card printer. DiscountID offers card printers from entry-level to secure, high-volume printers from the industry’s leading manufactures. Choose a system featuring a card printer from Magicard, IDP, Fargo, Evolis, Zebra, and more.

The Software

Second is your card design software. This is what you will use you design cards, manage your cardholder database, and send card designs to the printer to be printed. With a wide range of features for designing everything from simple single-sided visitor passes to dual-sided student and staff ID cards, card software is the brain of your system.

The Supplies

Finally, your complete ID card system comes with the ribbons and blank cards you need to print ID cards. Most systems also include a digital ID camera to easily add cardholder photos to your cards.

To keep your new system running in top shape, you should also add a printer cleaning kit to help prevent damage to your printer.

If you know exactly which ribbon or cleaning kit you need, ordering supplies for your card system is easy. But if you’re not sure what you need, our DiscountID Supply Finder tool is here to help!

Not sure which ribbon you’ve used in the past, or what cleaning kit your printer uses? That’s not a problem because the Supply Finder shows you all the compatible supplies for your printer. This makes it quicker and easier to find what you want online.

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. This information should be on the front of your ID card printer, for example a Magicard Pronto or IDP Smart-30.

Try it today for a faster, easier supply ordering process! The DiscountID Ribbon & Supply Finder tool.

Evolis ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your Evolis printer.

Evolis ID Card Printers

Evolis ID card printers come in a range of styles, from entry-level hand feed printers up to the powerful Quantum 2 with 500 card input and output hoppers.

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Evolis Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need a colored Evolis ribbon – either a full color YMCKO ribbon, or a monochrome one. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

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Evolis Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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