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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.

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Schools are more often requiring their students and staff to wear their ID cards to increase security, and having an easy way to display those cards is essential to successfully rolling out a new program.

ID Accessories for Students

Whether your students wear uniforms or casual clothes, lanyards are the easiest way to wear ID cards with any style of clothing.

Lanyards are worn around the neck, with many styles that help improve safety and security including lanyards with wide plastic hooks that keep ID cards facing out and breakaway lanyards that will spring open if the lanyard is grabbed or caught on something to prevent injuries.

ID Accessories for Teachers & Staff

Along with lanyards, ID badge reels are popular with teachers and school staff. Badge reels are easy to use with any clothing from casual to a uniform, but allow teachers and staff to move them around to more convenient placement than a lanyard which always hangs in front.

Reels have several attachment options, most commonly a belt clip that easily slides onto pockets or a swivel clip that attaches to any clothing. No-twist badge reels keep ID cards facing forward because they only fit together one way.

ID Accessories for Volunteers

For visitors who need to display temporary IDs, the best accessories are clip-on ID badge holders or ID badge strap clips.

Reusable badge holders, like those with clips or those with magnetic attachments, are easy to take on and off when visitors arrive and leave, and allow the school to reuse the holders throughout the school year without relying on an adhesive name badge that can easily fall off.

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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BlogImage_Standard-Badge-Lanyards-2137-50xxIf you require people to display their ID cards, ID accessories are a quick and easy way to keep the cards visible and easily accessible. These accessories are popular with employee ID programs, visitor management, schools, and more.

Why Display Cards

Keeping your ID cards visible goes a long way toward improving security at your business or organization – it helps security guards or doormen identify people as they entire the building, helps control access to secured or restricted areas, and identifies authorized visitors and guests.

If your cards are multifunctional and will be used to unlock doors, pay for parking or lunch, or check out materials, ID accessories will also keep the cards easily at hand.

Most Popular ID Accessories

There are many ID card accessories to choose from, but our most popular options are lanyards, badge reels, and strap clips.

Lanyards are worn around the neck, keeping the attached ID cards front and center. Available in a wide range of styles and materials, lanyards are extremely versatile. They can be used to hold multiple cards and other items including keys.

Badge Reels clip onto your cardholder’s clothing, so they can be worn in a variety of locations. The retractable cords allow users to pull the cards out to scan without taking off the reel. Badge reels typically only hold one ID card.

Strap Clips are clear plastic straps attached to a clip which also attaches to the cardholder’s clothing like a badge reel. Strap clips are often used for visitor and temporary programs.

economical-badge-reelsID badge lanyards are extremely popular accessories because they are easy to wear and use. But don’t be limited by just lanyards – there are many alternative ID accessories to explore!

Badge Reels

ID badge reels clip onto your clothing, making them a great alterative for workplaces with safety requirements that won’t allow you to wear a lanyard. Popular with healthcare and corrections workers, a reel can clip onto your clothing or slide onto a pocket and the retractable cord keeps the cards close at hand without getting in your way.

Reels come in a wide range of styles including colorful patterns and durable heavy-duty models. The type of clip and the card attachment can change from reel to reel, so you can always find one that works for your ID card program.

Strap Clips

ID badge strap clips work the slipping a strap through the hole in your card (or in the card holder) and snapping it closed to lock the card into the strap clip. Then you clip the badge to your clothing anywhere you need – these strap clips work will with jackets, collared shirts, pockets, and more.

Worried about the clip damaging your clothing? Look for a style of strap clip with a clothing-friendly clip made from plastic or with a flat edge that won’t tear delicate fabrics.

Clips, Pins & More

Want even more variety in your ID accessories? Try out clips, pins, magnets, and more! From strong magnetic attachments to bar pins, you’ll find everything you need to easily display your ID cards.

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UntitledLanyards are a popular ID accessory because they are easy to use, but you still have many other choices when it comes to displaying your ID cards that won’t damage the cardholder’s clothing.


Strap clips are made from vinyl strips with a clip on one end – you run the vinyl through a card’s slot punch, clip the strap closed, and clip it to your jacket, shirt, or bag. Most clips are metal, but if you’re worried about tearing delicate fabrics, look for strap clips with rubber tips.

You’ll also find these clips attached to badge holders, and on badge reels.


Magnetic attachments are another option that won’t punch a hole in your clothing. You attach the magnet to the card or badge holder with the tape on the back side.

Magnets do add a lot of weight to ID cards, so they can cause some pulling on thin fabrics and work well on jackets are more structured fabric.

Belt Clips

A common option for badge reels, belt clips slide onto your clothing without pinning through the fabric. They are most commonly worn on pockets. This also makes them quick and easy to remove, a great choice for visitor programs where the badge will be worn for a short time.

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BlogImage_ID-AccessoryPack-100Available in 100 or 500 bundles, ID accessory packs come with everything you need to easily display or wear your ID cards. Visible ID cards add safety and efficiency to your ID program by keeping the cards easily at hand. Match the lanyards to your school colors or company logo for added style; choose from black, green, navy blue, red, or royal blue.

ID accessory packs come with breakaway lanyards, strap clips to attach your ID cards to the lanyards, and a slot punch.

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