October 3, 2023

Printing ID Cards and the Best Smart Card Printer in 2020

This article serves as a consultation guide just in case you want to set up an ID card printing business, in house printing of ID cards for yourself or for a company especially Health Maintenance Organization (H.M.O) that issue out ID cards to their enrollees on the health insurance scheme, I would be stating what ID card printing consist of, all you need to know as regards selecting a printing machine, the best Smart ID Card Printers and printing of ID Cards In 2020 and lastly latest ID card makers.

I have worked with over five start-ups in setting card printing business and two HMO in setting up their card printing department of the company, aside from having a desktop computer and a UPS or Laptop here is what you need to know;

There are varieties of ID Card Printer that will suit a variety of needs from basic single-sided printing of ID cards to double, printers that also have encoded magnetic stripes, printers that add a various layer of laminate over the top of your card to make your ID look good, and more.

Also, you need to consider, What you intend to be printing on your cards and how the end-user intends to use the ID cards will help to determine what features to look for in a card printer, based on experience and familiar printer have worked with I would be recommending best ID cards printers


i. Fargo Printer

Fargo Printer

Fargo printer is a card printer, which is the line of PVC ID card printers, which is well known for its speed, quality of prints, especially the fact that it turns the card and print on both the front and backside of the card and works well when integrated with a database including data and pictures. If you are looking at producing a large number of ID cards between 2,000 to 10,000 cards daily at a very high speed, Fargo is the right machine for you.

Although it has a fragile print head, which doesn’t like the ID cards placed into the machine to have dirt of any kind, its cleaning kit is readily available in Nigeria.

It works easily with card software such as card studio.

Other features include monochrome, easily built-in can cleaning roller, lots of encoding options for printing durable ID cards.

The various types of Fargo printer include; Fargo C50 ID Card Printer, Fargo DTC1000Me Single-Sided ID Card Printer, Fargo DTC1250e ID Card Printer, Fargo DTC1250e Dual-Sided ID Card Printer, Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printer with Lamination, Fargo DTC4250e Dual-Sided ID Card Printer and more

The cost of a new Fargo Printer is around ₦600,000 and above, this price varies dependent on the exchange rate as at the time of purchase.


ii. Evolis Card printer

Evolis printer

This card printer is known for its durability, flexibility and good quality of cards, Evolis is a brand name when it comes to the production of ID cards, badges, access cards, employee ID badge, event badge, access control card and membership card, guess you’re wondering with all these qualities why didn’t I put it first, well I love speed printing Fargo printer prints faster.

Evolis card printer is compatible with card studio software, uses ribbon and compatible with PVC cards.

the features include single and double-sided card print, other types of Evolis card printer includes Evolis primary ID, Evolis PM1H0000RD, dualus3 Daul sided ID card, Evolis primary ID card and more.

Evolis card printer cost around ₦400,000 naira depending on the exchange rate as at the date of purchase.


iii. Zebra Card Printer

Zebra Card Printer

This is card printer with is known for its little cost of maintenance meets all your business need from the printing of employee ID cards, to pay cards, Driver licenses, the best solution for low- to medium-volume single or dual-sided printing applications.

Works with card printing applications like Zebra card Studio

Types of Zebra card printer include the Zebra ZXP series, Zebra Printer ZC300 series Card printer.

The cost of the Zebra Card printer is around ₦480,000 depending on the exchange rate at the time of purchase.


iv. Canon ip7200 Printer

Canon ip7200 series

Canon ip7200 series is a cd printing machines, it also prints pictures of various formats, but it has been converted to the printing of ID cards, because ideally and ID card printing machine is usually expensive, using this machine to print cards is the cheapest you would get.

Although it doesn’t print monochrome, overlaying as other machine does and print only on slightly different PVC cards called inkjet PVC cards for canon printers.

inkjet pvc cards & tray

It does print card from the canon 1p7200 series software, software such as Corel draw can be used to design the card, do you need already designed and aligned template sent to your mail contact us.

Please note that you need to purchase an id card tray for canon ip7200 series printer to start using the printer to print ID cards.

The cost of canon1p7200 is ₦45,000, although it varies from time to time, but its the cheapest card printing machine in Nigeria.

Once you’ve made the choice of Smart ID Card Printing machine;

The next Choice is an ID Card Maker.


ID Card Maker

This can be defined as that software that helps with the design of an ID card which could be done manually or automated with already designed templates or software.


Types of ID card Maker

Once you have the ID card created on your computer, you an then send to the printer.

Do you have any question as regards this job post do leave a comment below, would love to hear from you?


I am an I.T Professional with years of experience delivering top-notch IT services in an enterprise environment a football nerd and a lover of providing solutions to ICT related

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