Paper or Plastic ID Cards

The Case for Upgrading Your ID Cards

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So you're ready to invest in a photo ID card system. You've got plenty of choices when it comes to print capabilities, quantities and security features. But have you thought about the actual ID card?

Paper ID cards have their advantages, especially in cost, but did you know that using a plastic ID card saves time AND money in the long run?

Choose an ID Maker System for Professional and Secure IDs

Let's take a look at the plastic card printing process versus printing and laminating ID badges.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Second, use the software to design your card and import the image. Third - print the card in less than 30 seconds!

Finish with a slot-punch to make your IDs wearable in minutes using a lanyard, badge reel or strap clip, or slip it in a badge holder. If you decide you need dual-sided ID card printing down the road, no need to buy a new system. Simply use the one-time printer ribbon upgrade and you'll be printing dual-sided ID cards in no time!

Choose an ID Card Laminate for Affordability

Using an ID Maker Laminate System is more cost-effective up front, but think about the paper laminate ID card making process.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Then use the ID Maker Express software to design the ID and send it to your printer. Print the ID badge using the paper stock, then feed it through the laminator using the laminating pouches, making sure to line them up properly for a wrinkle-free finished product. Sound easy enough?

Think about that process for over 1,000 IDs as a gymnasium full of children waits. Not so simple. And loud.

Not only that, using your existing printer to produce ID cards requires color ink - a cost factor not included in the laminating system.

Let's look at it from a different perspective:

PAPER
  • Less upfront cost
  • Camera and software included
  • Paper stock included (100 ID cards)
  • Ideal for low production runs
  • Paper waste if printing a few IDs
  • Added printer ink cost
  • Timely laminating process
  • Single-layer of laminate protection
PLASTIC
  • Higher upfront cost
  • Camera and software included
  • Card stock included (200 ID cards)
  • Ideal for high or low production runs
  • Finished card in less than 30 seconds
  • Printer and ribbon included
  • Option for anti-forgery ID security
  • Free, lifetime technical support
  • Two-year printer warranty
  • Standard white backdrop included
  • Sturdier plastic withstands wear, lasts longer
  • Additional clear layer prints right on the card
  • Equipment upgrades available
  • Professional and secure IDs!

See for yourself that in time an ID Maker system pays for itself. If you have more questions, we're happy to help you. Request a free system selection guide for a side-by-side comparison of all the photo ID systems we offer, or get a free custom ID sample.