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Card printer is an electronic desktop printer with single card feeders which print and personalize plastic cards. In this respect they differ from, for example, label printers which have a continuous supply feed. Card dimensions are usually 85.60 × 53.98 mm, standardized under ISO/IEC 7810 as ID-1. This format is also used inEC-cards, telephone cards, European Union drivers’ licenses and health insurance cards. This is commonly known as the bank card format. Card printers are controlled by corresponding printer drivers or by means of a specific programming language. Generally card printers are designed with laminating, striping, and punching functions, and use desktop or web-based software. The hardware features of a card printer differentiate a card printer from the more traditional printers, as ID cards are usually made of PVC plastic and require laminating and punching. Different card printers can accept different card thickness and dimensions.

Zebra card printer solutions offer improved personnel tracking, access control and secure ID badges. Choose from a broad range of single- or dual sided colour card printers. Options range from wired and wireless network connectivity, smart card and magnetic stripe encoding, to lamination for higher security and card durability. There is a Zebra card printer to meet all your business needs: from payment cards to driver’s licenses, membership cards to employee identification badges, gift cards to ski pass IDs, and much more. 

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Ideal for low-volume, single-sided card printing applications in colour or monochrome, the ZXP Series 1 offers a complete card printing solution with a minimal upfront investment. With its easy to use and eco-friendly print cartridges, the ZXP Seris 1 is the best entry-level printer on the market.


Reliable and easy to use, the ZXP Series 3 is everything you could want in a professional card printer. The ZXP Series 3 is an ideal solution for low- to medium-volume single or dual-sided printing applications that require minimal operator training and excellent print quality. ZXP Series 3 printers offer advanced features and high capacity media options.


Using the latest in Zebra card-printing technology, the ZXP Series 7 provides high-quality card printing. The ZXP Series 7 printer has an innovative design. It automatically adjusts to the thickness of the card, and ribbon loading is easy.With colour coded guides and a clear LCD control panel, it’s simple for anyone to use.


With Zebra’s innovative ZXP Series 8 retransfer card printer line and Windows certified Drivers and ZMotif SDK software, create vivid colour and monochrome cards on-demand with picture-perfect image quality. This retransfer printer is ideal for printing on uneven card surfaces, such as smart cards, or for when the application calls for very high image quality or cards that are more durable and abrasion resistant.  Using an innovative retransfer print process, the Zebra ZXP Series 8 delivers superior print resolution at the fastest speeds in its class for high-quality photo ID cards with images and graphics that look more like glossy magazine prints than ordinary ID photos. The printer’s modular design provides flexibility to add a variety of encoding options as needed.  Single or dual sided lamination is also available.

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Zebra True Colours® card printer ribbons produce high-quality IDs and extend the life of your printers and cards. Benefit from:

  • Vibrant colours, “true-to-life” flesh tones, and sharp barcodes and text
  • Patented print ribbon technology for minimal printhead buildup and durable cards
  • Advanced RFID intelligent technology for automated ribbon detection, driver configuration and more

Zebra plastic cards give you quality results every time. Our PVC and Composite PVC cards are guaranteed ISO-compliant and provide:

  • High-performance image sharpness for rich colours and crisp barcodes 
  • Reduced card printer wear and tear for lower maintenance costs
  • Advanced smart security access options, such as embedded holograms, magnetic stripes, RFID chips or custom designs