The majority of photo ID programs use standard CR80 PVC cards. These photo-quality cards are the same size as your typical credit card, and are used for a wide variety of applications. If you want to add functionality to your cards beyond basic identification, you can opt for magnetic stripe cards which have the ability to store information and perform functions ranging from time and attendance to access control. Magnetic stripe cards come in two formats: Hi-Co mag stripe cards are used for applications requiring higher levels of security, while Lo-Co mag stripes are better suited for temporary cards and less critical card applications.
If you wish to enhance the security and durability of your cards with lamination, you'll want to use composite PVC/Poly cards which are designed to withstand the excessive heat of the lamination process. These highly durable cards are required for most laminating card printers, and their superior flexibility means they can easily stand up to the wear-and-tear of everyday use.
Other popular card types include adhesive-back cards and technology cards for access control. These two card types often work hand in hand. Technology cards, those that feature proximity or smart card technology, are usually pre-programmed with facility/site codes to fit a customer's specific needs. You can re-use these cards by printing personalized card info on the thinner adhesive-back cards, and then affixing them to the technology cards. This way, the more expensive technology cards can be re-used over and over again.
To view all available card options, please visit the DiscountID.com Cards & Cartridges section. You can also give us a call at 800-621-0559 and we'll be happy to go over those choices.