AlphaCard Pilot ID Card System


AlphaCard Pilot ID Card System


System includes: AlphaCard Pilot printer, AlphaCard ID card software, 100-print color ribbon, and 100 premium blank cards

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MSRP: $1,500
Starting Price: $699

You Save: $801 (53%)

As Configured: $699

AlphaCard Pilot ID Card System


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This affordable yet powerful photo ID system produced full-color ID cards for small-scale ID card programs in retail, membership, health and fitness, education, and more.

The AlphaCard Pilot printer is designed for on-demand card printer; each card is hand-fed into the printer so each card is printed individually. For dual sided cards, flip the card over and re-print the back. With quick print speeds (35 seconds for full color cards, 7 seconds for monochrome cards) your low-volume card program can efficiently print cards as needed.

Optional magnetic stripe encoding allows your organization to store data on your cards, a popular feature in ID cards used for to pull up cardholder information including student ID cards, library cards, retail rewards programs, and gym membership cards.

This AlphaCard Pilot Complete Photo ID Card System with AlphaCard ID software comes with everything you need to start printing ID cards: Pilot printer, AlphaCard ID card software, 100 print YMCKO ribbon, 100 blank cards, and your exclusive AlphaCare30 membership.

Key features of the AlphaCard Pilot:

  • Built-in AlphaGuard watermark system
  • Single-sided printer
  • Full color cards in 35 seconds
  • Monochrome cards in 7 seconds
  • Hand feed only, no hoppers
  • Dye sublimation printing technology
  • Optional Magnetic stripe encoding

Secure Cards with AlphaGuard

Your AlphaCard Pilot comes equipped with free AlphaGuard – a unique printing technology that allows you to print a holographic-like watermark image over your cards, using no additional materials or upgrades! This helps to prevent counterfeiting of fake cards, card tampering to alter cardholder data, and makes it easier to authenticate real cards.

Rewritable Card Technology

In addition to the traditional printing process, you can print rewritable cards with the AlphaCard Pilot. Using specialized rewritable cards that are made from temperature-sensitive materials, you can print on, erase, and reprint each card up to 500 times to save on supplies. Please note that rewritable cards are only available in blue or black, and do monochrome printing only.

Exclusive AlphaCare30 Membership

Your purchase includes an AlphaCare30 membership which gives you exclusive access to expert technical resources for 30 days. You must active your membership within one week. This program also grants you access to our professionally designed and customizable card templates for your AlphaCard ID Suite software.

Card Design Software for PC or Mac

Card design software makes it quick and easy to design cards, print them, and manage your cardholder database. With software features ranging from the very basic up to advanced design options, you'll find software and database options for ID card programs of every size.

Powerful AlphaCard ID Suite PC Software

AlphaCard ID Suite v11 Basic software is user-friendly entry-level card design software. The software’s limited functionality is designed for low volume ID card programs. With the ability to print single and dual-sided cards and encode magnetic stripes and 1D barcodes, AlphaCard ID Suite Basic can create a wide range of ID cards.

Please note that AlphaCard ID Suite Basic does not have a built-in database, and does not support connections for external databases.

AlphaCard ID Suite v11 software is designed for use with Windows 7, 8, and 10. As Microsoft releases ongoing Windows 10 updates, AlphaCard ID Suite will also continue to be updated.

System requirements: 32/64 bit Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows 7, 8, 10), Explorer 6 or higher, Microsoft .NET framework 4.0 or higher, dual core processor, 1GB/2GB free internal memory, 200 MB free disk space, internet connection.

Powerful AlphaCard Badge Builder for Mac Software

AlphaCard Badge Builder for Mac card software is specially designed for Mac computer systems with powerful design tools including built-in card templates, background designs, Clipart, and shapes for easy ID card design. AlphaCard Badge Builder Basic also has built-in image edit and image effects, and 1D barcode and magnetic stripe encoding.

AlphaCard Badge Builder Basic edition comes with a built-in database to store your cardholder information. This database holds up to 300 records, 100 if you are storing photos in the database.

Using your AlphaCard Badge Builder software is easy and convenient with the Secure USB Key – just plug the Secure USB Key into the computer you want to use the software on and you’re good to go. If you need to use the software on another computer, just plug the Secure USB Key into that computer instead. Please note: AlphaCard Badge Builder can only be used on one computer at a time.

System requirements: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher, Intel 64bit processor, 512 MB RAM, 500MB free hard drive space.

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Technical Specs

AlphaCard Pilot

Printer Coverage
2 years
Loaner Coverage
Printhead Coverage
2 years
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
35 seconds
7 seconds
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
20-40 mil
Features Call if options aren't available online
Available Encoding Options
Contact Card
Contactless Card
Magnetic Stripe
Available Factory Options
Manual Card Feed
Available Field Upgrades
Magnetic Stripe
Visual Security Features
AlphaGuard Watermark Technology
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
OS Compatibility
Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite
Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
Windows XP - 32 bit
Windows XP - 64 bit
Windows Vista (32 Bit)
Windows Vista (64 Bit)
Windows 7 (32 Bit)
Windows 7 (64 Bit)
Windows 8 (32 Bit)
Windows 8 (64 Bit)
Windows 10 - 32 bit
Windows 10 - 64 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server - 64 bit
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
10.6” L x 8.4” W x 9.1” H
9.7 lbs
Available MPNs
Customize System
Customize System

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AlphaCard Pilot Printer
This printer can be upgraded with magnetic stripe encoding to hold cardholder data. If upgrading to magnetic stripe encoding, be sure to also select magnetic stripe cards.
* = Required Option
ID Card Software for PC or Mac
* = Required Option
AlphaCard Pilot/Compass YMCKO Full Color Ribbon & 100 Premium Blank Cards
* = Required Option
As Configured: $699