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The Differences between Paper and PVC ID Cards

by todd 2. September 2010 16:00

Before transitioning to an ID card printer and PVC ID cards, many organizations create ID cards on paper stock. The paper ID card may be the inexpensive option for ID cards, but it’s less secure, less professional and has a shorter life span.

Security. ID cards made out of paper are primarily used for visual identification since they don’t store any data. On the other hand, PVC ID cards can be used for control access and include RFID technology, a magnetic stripe, barcode or holographic overlay. These features allow your ID cards to have multiple functions and make employee information more secure. 

Professionalism. Paper ID cards don’t convey a professional image. Today, anyone can create a paper ID card using a word document program and perforated paper. For a more professional appearance, companies should create PVC ID cards using identification software. The specialty software provides more design capabilities and features. 

Life Span. Paper ID cards are easily torn, wrinkled and stained through normal everyday use. You may need to replace paper ID cards every year, if not more often, depending on how the IDs are used by your employees. For a long lasting solution, create PVC ID cards using an ID card printer. PVC ID cards can last over 5 years and be displayed in badge holders, on lanyards, badge reels or strap clips.

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PVC ID cards have increased design, data and security capabilities compared to paper ID cards.


Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

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