AlphaCard PRO 500 School ID System


AlphaCard PRO 500 School ID System


The AlphaCard PRO 500 School ID System is a premium mid-volume system which features ALphaCard School ID student & staff card design software.

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MSRP: $3,683
Starting Price: $1,698

You Save: $1,985 (54%)

As Configured: $1,698

AlphaCard PRO 500 School ID System


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Quickly and easily design and print high quality school ID cards with this AlphaCard PRO 500 School ID System featuring AlphaCard School ID software. Backed by an industry-leading four year warranty, all PRO series printers include free lifetime AlphaCare support and a full year of AlphaCarePlus ($298 value).

Flexible & Intuitive Card Printing

The PRO 500 printer is designed for mid-sized card printing jobs with a 100 card input hopper and a 30 card output hopper. An alternate single-feed slot is available for one-off card printing.

Choose dual-sided printing when ordering your PRO 500 for the ability to print dual-sided cards with no effort, right out of the box. If you decide later on that you want to upgrade your printer, dual-sided printing can be added with a simple drop-in upgrade.

The PRO 500 uses high quality dye film ribbons, available in several different styles. For full colored cards, choose a YMCKO ribbon which includes an overcoat panel to protect the card and print the AlphaGuard design. For dual-sided cards, choose a YMCKOK ribbon.

Black monochrome ribbons are available with or without an overcoat panel (choose the overcoat ribbon if you want an AlphaGuard watermark on your monochrome cards). There are also monochrome ribbons in a variety of other colors and metallic finishes.

Built-In AlphaGuard Watermark Technology

Print secure ID cards at no additional cost with the built-in AlphaGuard technology using standard printer ribbons and cards.

The hologram-style watermarks are easy to see when light is reflected off the card, but don't interfere with your card design. AlphaGuard makes it easier to identify authentic cards and deters card tampering or duplication.

Choose from four pre-set grid design:

  • Secure shield grid
  • Globe grid
  • Geometric box grid
  • Wavelength grid

You can choose from these designs, and control other AlphaGuard settings, through the printer driver.

AlphaCard PRO 500 Features
  • Single or dual-sided dye sublimation printing
  • Built-in AlphaGuard watermark
  • Full color, single-sided cards in 35 seconds, monochrome in 7
  • 100 card input hopper, 30 card output hopper
  • USB & Ethernet connections
  • 4 year warranty with Pro-Xchange
AlphaCarePlus Free for One Year

For a limited time the PRO 500 includes a free year of AlphaCarePlus service and support, a savings of $298. AlphaCarePlus goes beyond the services offered in the free AlphaCare support included with every printer:

  • Setup assistance & training
  • VIP phone & email support
  • 30-day printer upgrade program
  • Free software updates
  • Annual printer check-up
  • Advanced configuration help
  • 25% off extended services

AlphaCarePlus must be activated within 30 days of purchase.

PRO 500 Warranty & Pro-Xchange

The AlphaCard PRO 500 ID card printer is backed by a four year warranty and a three year printhead warranty.

To make printer repairs easier, the PRO 500 includes Pro-Xchange – a program that takes the hassle out of the printer repair process by sending you a comparable printer as a permanent replacement instead of making you send in your printer, wait for it to be repaired, and then sent back to you.

Printer Options

The PRO 500 comes with these printer options:

  • Dual-sided printing
  • Magnetic stripe encoding

What Comes in the Box:

  • AlphaCard PRO 500 ID card printer
  • AlphaCard School ID software
  • Digital ID camera
  • 300 premium AlphaCard blank PVC cards
  • Full color YMCKO ribbon –300 prints
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support
  • One year free AlphaCarePlus support
AlphaCard School ID Software

AlphaCard School ID software is specially designed to help schools quickly and easily set up and manage their student and staff ID cards and data. With the Professional edition you can design and print cards on demand for public K-12 schools, private schools, charter schools, daycare centers, kid's camps, and more.

To help you get started the software comes with three pre-built student ID card templates that you can customize with your own school's name and logo. If you already have a design, or prefer to create your own, the design wizard walks you through all the steps for creating a card.

Your student and staff ID cards can include important information such as name, grade, homeroom, issue date, and a photo. You can also create temporary cards for visitors, volunteers, and contractors.

The built-in database holds unlimited records for students, staff, visitors, volunteers, and contractors so you can store all your school's important information. With AlphaCard School ID you can set up customized drop down lists for frequently used information such as grade, homeroom, lunch program, bus route, and more, so you can quickly enter in that information.

AlphaCard School ID Standard Edition

AlphaCard School ID Standard allows you to create flexible ID card templates so you can quickly and easily enter each person's information and print their ID card.

Choose AlphaCard School ID Standard if you plan to use the built-in database or need to connect to an existing Microsoft Excel file, Access, or Text Database.

AlphaCard School ID Professional Edition

Choose AlphaCard School ID Professional if you need advanced database connectivity options. You can connect multiple external Microsoft Access, Excel, MS SQL, MySQL, SQLite, Oracle, and ODBC/OLE databases.

The Professional edition also allows for multiple layouts per card template. You can also connect fingerprint capture devices and scan a government issued ID to auto-populate data fields.

Technical Specs

AlphaCard PRO 500

Printer Coverage
4 years
Loaner Coverage
Pro-Xchange Program
Printhead Coverage
3 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
Dual Sided
Available Field Upgrades
Dual Sided
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
Windows 2012 Server - 32 bit
Windows 2012 Server - 64 bit
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
9.2” L x 17.8” W x 8.1” H
15 lbs
Available MPNs
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AlphaCard PRO 500 ID Card 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
AlphaCard PRO Series YMCKO/YMCKOK Ribbon Card System Bundle
This system includes one YMCKO Color Ribbon for 300 single sided prints. If you choose the dual sided printer, you may want to choose the YMCKOK ribbon for 250 dual sided prints with a color front & black back. Both bundles include 300 premium blank PVC cards. If you are upgrading to the magnetic stripe encoding version of this printer, be sure to select the appropriate magnetic stripe bundle.
* = Required Option
All AlphaCard PRO printers also include a free year of AlphaCarePlus support, a savings of $298. AlphaCarePlus® goes above and beyond standard AlphaCare services to include priority phone support, free software updates, an annual printer check-up, and other advanced services.
As Configured: $1,698