Photo ID Equipment and Supply Guide
Photo ID is an important security feature for schools, businesses and the government. While many organizations use a Polaroid camera to take photo ID pictures, more are using card creation software, such as Card 5 or Episuite, and digital printers to create ID cards quickly.
ABC Office offers a wide range of digital photo printers and card creation software, providing the perfect photo ID system for you. We also carry more traditional photo ID systems including Polaroid cameras and "All Photo ID" systems.
No matter which method of photo ID creation you prefer, we have the equipment and the supplies you need, including lanyards, badge holders, and badge reels. We also carry die cutters, pouch laminators, slot punches and photo trimmers. To learn which photo ID system is best for you, read this guide or visit our photo id index.
Some of our digital card printers have optional magnetic stripe encoders. Magnetic stripe encoders encode valuable information on the stripe of the card. This allows the information to be read when it is swiped through a magnetic card reader. An example of a magnetic stripe would be the stripe of information on a credit card.
- PVC cards to print your photo ID on.
- Replacement ribbons for your digital printer.
- Cleaning supplies to keep your pvc card printer from leaving streaks by removing ink and color buildup from the print head. These include the following:
- Cleaning cartridges and ribbons run through your printer, keeping it from streaking as it prints.
- Cleaning cards look like ID cards and clean the thermal print head when you run them through the printer.
- A cleaning pen looks like a marker. You "color" the print head with it, removing ink.
- You can also use cleaning pads to remove ink from your printer head. A cleaning pad is a small disposable sheet saturated with cleaner. You rub it over your print head to clean it.
- Clips attach to the ID cards so they clip onto clothing.
- Badge Holders are plastic holders to protect your photo ID and allow you to clip it to clothing.
- Lanyards allow you to wear your card around your neck.
- Badge Reels are retractable reels that allow you to keep your photo ID clipped to your belt.
- Cloth ID Backgrounds are used as backdrops for photo ID pictures.
- Luggage Straps allow you to strap identification on your luggage.
- Teslin Sheets are used to print ID cards in a laser printer.
- Perforated Ink Jet Paper is used to print ID cards with an Ink Jet printer.
- Tripods are used to set your Polaroid camera on.
- Protective Carriers send lamination pouches through a pouch laminator.
- Camera and Film Accessories.
GlossaryCard creation software - Software used to design photo ID.
Die cutter - A cutter that cuts photos into passport size.
Digital ID card printer - The ID card printer that prints photo ID on PVC cards.
High coercivity - A high level of magnetic coding on a magnetic stripe. High-coercivity stripes are black in color and store information on a permanent basis.
Low coercivity - A lower level of magnetic coding on a magnetic strip. Low-coercivity stripes are brown in color and store information that is frequently changed.
Magnetic card reader - A machine that reads data off of a magnetic stripe.
Magnetic stripe - A brown or black stripe on ID cards, credit cards, gift certificates and more which stores information that is read by a magnetic card reader.
Magnetic stripe encoder - A machine that encodes a magnetic stripe with data.
Perforated ink jet paper - Paper used to print photo IDs using an ink jet printer.
Slot punch - A machine that punches a hole in the photo ID so that a lanyard, badge strap clip or badge reel can carry the photo ID.
Teslin sheets - Paper used to print photo ID using a laser printer.
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