ID Card Printers

ID Card Printers

Did you know we offer an ID card printing service? We print Staff ID Cards & ID Badges so you don't have to.
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Magicard Ultima Retransfer ID Card Printer

Magicard Ultima Retransfer ID Card Printer

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Datacard CR805 Retransfer ID Card Printer

Datacard CR805 Retransfer ID Card Printer

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Matica XiD8100 Retransfer ID Card Printer

Matica XiD8100 Retransfer ID Card Printer


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Looking to purchase an ID Card Printer but not sure where to start?

Lesar offer a full range of ID card solutions including plastic card printer machines. An ID card printer, also known as an ID badge printer is a desktop printer that allows you to create personalised identity cards and staff cards. Have you seen our Top 9  ID printer recco­men­da­tions, written by the experts? Find out which is the best ID card printer for you here. Additionally, if your on a tight budget, see our recom­men­dations on. the top 3 cheapest ID Card Printers.

Key points to consider when purchasing an ID Card Printer

Choosing the right ID card machine printer for your business to print ID cards is not as easy as it sounds. Here are a few factors that should be considered before purchasing an ID Card printer:

Over-The-Edge Printing or Edge-to-Edge printing

Over-the-edge printing is a print method that leaves no visible border around the edges of your printed ID card. This print method is known as retransfer printing and is considered to be more expensive. With over-the-edge printing, you are guaranteed a higher quality, more professional-looking ID card.

Edge-to-edge is a more affordable option. Edge-to-edge printing is where a slim border is left around the surface of your final printed ID card. This is because the area around the card does not have any printing applied to it. The border color is dependent on the color of the card chosen for the printing job.

ID Card Durability and Security Features

Depending on your requirements, look for printers that can produce durable cards resistant to wear and tear. Some printers offer features like holographic overlays, QR codes, Mifare, Signature panels and more for enhanced card security.

Three ID Card Printer Features

Print Volume: Before purchasing your ID printer, find the quantity of cards your business expects to print in each session but also during any given year.

Print Speed: Print speed is a sought after requirement which works hand in hand with print volume for customers wanting to print ID cards on demand.

Print Security: Our printer range offer a range of security features, but manufacturers offer different types and levels of security for your printer and ID cards.

Single-Sided or Dual-Sided ID Card Printer

Single-sided card printers are designed to print on the front side of the ID card, leaving the reverse side blank. Single-sided cards are ideal for applications including offices, schools, and memberships.

Dual-sided card printers are specifically engineered to print on both the front and back sides of an ID card, maximizing the available space and information display. Dual-sided printers are highly versatile and are well-suited for a wide range of applications where comprehensive card data is required.

ID Card Design Software

Consider whether the ID card printer comes with user-friendly software for designing and customizing ID cards. Ideally, the software should offer a wide range of design options, variable data printing capabilities, and support for database integration.


Understand that printer features contribute to price variations across the market. It's important to determine which features are essential for your operation. For instance, if dual-sided printing is not crucial, a single-sided printer with manual card flipping can suffice. Similarly, if you only require monochrome text, a printer with lower dpi may meet your needs. Assess your requirements to make a purchasing decision that fits your budget.

Connectivity Options

Check for connectivity options such as USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi. This allows for easy integration with your existing network and enables multiple users to access the printer.

Encoding Capabilities

If you require additional functionality such as encoding magnetic stripes, smart cards, or proximity cards, ensure that the chosen printer supports the necessary encoding technologies.

ID Printer Reliability and Maintenance

Look for a reputable brand, or an official reseller, known for producing reliable printers. Check if the printer has features like automatic cleaning cycles, self-diagnostic tools, and easy-to-replace consumables to ensure smooth operation and reduce downtime.

Security Features:

If security is a top priority, look for printers that offer enhanced security features such as secure overlays or encoding options. These features can help prevent card cloning and enhance the overall security of your ID cards.

PVC cards are plastic cards used to print ID cards. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and thicknesses. The most common size is called CR80, which is 3.375” x 2.2125” (the same size as credit cards).
ID Cards are typically printed as CR80 (standard credit card size). 54mm x 86mm / 2.13" x 3.38"
To choose the right ID card printer, consider the following steps:
  1. Determine your budget.
  2. Decide if you need single or dual-sided printing.
  3. Select the appropriate printing method.
  4. Consider your volume requirements.
  5. Evaluate options for lamination, visual security, and encoding.
  6. Determine the connection type.
  7. Take other considerations into account.
No. Regular inkjet printers are not capable of printing on standard PVC plastic cards without smudging. The ink tends to sit on top of the ID card, making it prone to easy removal and potential fraud. ID Card Printers are required for successful printing on PVC cards.

Design and print up to 100 records. Please note: Software is not MacOS compatible.


Our ID care technicians are available to talk you through getting up and running with 30 days telephone and email support. Please note: this is different to our CardCare Premium.


Place the order today and we will ship it to you for free! (Mainland UK only).