ID CARDS, Photo ID Cards, Company ID Cards

October 11, 2008

If you need ID Cards for your company, is the place to go. They produce high quality ID Cards for the Medical Industry, Fire, Police, EMS and more. You can even order a personal ID Card. There are also many designs to choose from. They will even design a card template for you. This is a hidden gem. And it is so easy to use. There is no set up fee, no design fee, no minimum order.

Quality of the ID Cards? Our company has produced millions of ID cards for people across the nation. We have always stood behind the quality of our product and we are proud of the service and cards we provide our customers.

  1. Click on Design My ID Card, design your card, then place your order.
  2. Email your logo and a summary of what you want on your card (names, titles ect) to for a FREE design (multiple card orders). Once you approve the design, you can place your order.
  3. Call us for a personal “Quick ID” and have your personal ID card processed in 5 minutes.We use the best equipment to produce your custom Photo ID Cards. There is an immense difference between what can be produced with standard ID card printers and what can be produced when high caliber equipment is used.Because of the equipment we use, your cards are a vibrant print quality and have true over the edge printing. This type of printing commonly comes at a premium price. If you have been to other plastic card sites that have higher prices for “high quality”, “premium” or “full color” cards, it’s because they are using this type of equipment. All of the cards ordered through are produced using “re-transfer printing”. It’s this re-transfer process that has the end result that causes you to take notice.

    Ultimately, this means that every card we print is absolutely beautiful. If you choose a full color background or border, the color goes all the way to the edge and leaves no blank areas. Each ID card comes out with a shine because of the thin clear laminate that covers them. This thin laminate causes each card to shine like a high gloss picture. Often this is an extra feature offered by many companies, but we call it a standard.

    Our customers come from many different industries and we mention them to help you determine other uses for your Photo ID cards. 

RFID (Proximity Card) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be attached or inserted into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves. Silicone chips and antennas are the two parts that make up the chip-based RFID tags. Passive tags require no internal power source, whereas active tags require a power source. Passive tags have no internal power supply and are powered by the electrical current received through the antenna. This is enough power to turn on the silicone chip and transmit a pre-encoded response.

When it comes to the RFID and its incorporation into photo identification cards, passive RFID technology is what has been the primary standard in an environment where not many standards exist. In any emerging technology, just as it was with the VCR (Beta vs. VHS) there are several companies that try to set the standard for others to follow. After time, a standard does arrive and organizations come together.

Even though the earliest history of RFID technology was developed in 1946 as an espionage tool for the Soviet government, it has not been until around the year 2000 when most of the utilization and enhancements have been made. With such a short usable history, there have been many standards and systems installed that do not follow today’s “open format” standard that has been utilized by most of the systems available today. The biggest of the problems in having a system that does not comply with today’s open format is being able to expand on the system as implemented. Even as it applies to being able to purchase new or replacement ID cards for such a system. Simply put, the further away from the standard your system is, the more expensive it becomes to maintain.

So what is today’s standard anyway?

ISO 7810 is the international standard that defines the formats for ID cards. More specifically, ISO 14443 defines the magnetic loop antenna that operates at 13.56MHz.

If you have an RFID System and want to handle your ID card needs, we can establish an account with you that will allow us to supply cards specifically made for your organization. In minimum orders of 50 cards, we can store cards specifically for your organization based on your facility code and starting sequence. We will communicate with you, when your inventory is running low, to enable us to restock cards of your specification. If your organization already has a supply of preprogrammed RFID cards, you can forward them to our office and we will shelve them and use them only under your authorization for your company’s needs.


ID Cards: ID Card Wizard

October 27, 2008

By Jorge Torres 10/22/2008

The most frequently asked question I get is about our ID Card Wizard. The Id Card wizard is a great tool for creating your own ID Card design or to modify one of our pre-designed templates. There are a few things to learn about the wizard before you begin. I have compiled a list of important aspects of the wizard. Once you finish reading this blog, the ID Card Wizard can be a great friend!

First things first, Internet Explorer: You must use Internet Explorer in order to successfully create an ID Card design, upload pictures, data and to place an order. Those three things basically encapsulate the entire process. We are working on a global solution to fixing the web browser compatibility issue. But for now, please use Internet Explorer. Using Fire Fox, Mozzila, AOL, Safari and other web browsers will simply get you frustrated because you will not find certain pages, buttons or links that you will need. We can also assist you if you do not have access to Internet Explorer.

Another aspect to learn about the ID Card wizard are the Merge Fields. Merge Fields (see graphic Below) are basically the place where data (such as a full name) will be “merged” onto the card when we print the card or when you “View Actual Cards/ Review your Cards” The most common merge field is “FULL NAME”. When some customers see this they want to either remove it or type over it (this is wrong). The purpose of a merge field is to simply give the customer the ability to design one card template and order for as many employees as they need to. For example if you had 50 employees and had only one ID Card template in the system, all you would have to do now is to place an order. When you place an order, you get to choose what card template you want and for which employees you want ID cards for. Other merge fields include any field that needs to change on the card like Employee Number, Badge Number, Title 1, and even the Photograph of the person. When you are in the ID Card Wizard you will most likely see the merge fields, “Full Name”, “Address”, Title 1” Continued on next blog….

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ID Cards get boost

October 18, 2008

National ID Cards The ‘Sleeper’ Immigration Issue?

Posted by Chris Murphy

A largely overlooked section in the comprehensive immigration reform being debated in the Senate calls for the Social Security Administration to come up with fraud-resistant cards within two years to aid in electronic worker verification, possibly including biometric information. One top immigration scholar says this could be the “sleeper” issue of the debate, since it affects every U.S. employee.

The immigration bill got new life with a Senate vote Tuesday. One provision in the package of bills calls for the Department of Homeland Security to set up an electronic verification system to replace today’s paper-based system, in which employers must accept documents workers present if they appear genuine. Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell University law professor and lawyer specializing in immigration law, says in an interview that the proposed electronic verification system is a “big issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention.”

In a New York Law Journal column (subscription required) that Yale-Loehr co-authored with Ted J. Chiappari summarizing the current proposal, they write:

“The proposed [electronic verification system] could be the sleeper issue in the immigration reform debate, since it would affect all American workers, not just noncitizens. For example, the bill would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue fraud-resistant Social Security cards within two years after enactment. The bill also requires the SSA to consider adding biometric information to Social Security cards. This could effectively make Social Security cards a national ID card.”

That assumes such a system could be built. The San Francisco Chronicle has a good piece on how incredibly difficult such an electronic verification system would be to build and keep secure. Here’s one cut:

“Speaking for the Association for Computing Machinery, a scientific and educational group, [Peter Neumann, principal scientist at the Computer Science Laboratory] said lawmakers frequently have outsized expectations of technological fixes for social problems.”

Very true. Given how sensitive consumers wary of identify theft are getting about their Social Security numbers, it seems unlikely that this system, even if it’s enacted, would evolve into the kind of “national ID card” that privacy advocates fear. More worrisome are the practical concerns. There are reasons to doubt that the feds could pull off such a complicated and security-sensitive system at all; there’s no reason to believe it could happen in two years from enactment of such a law. Hopefully something more realistic emerges from the coming renewed debate.

October 18, 2008


National ID Card Regulations Issued — UPDATED

By Ryan Singel EmailMarch 01, 2007 | 3:01:35 PM

The Department of Homeland Security released long-delayed requirements for the standardization of state identification documents Thursday. States must start issuing the new internal passports by May 2008, or else their citizens will not be able to board planes or enter federal courthouses. Civil libertarians say the requirement, known as the REAL ID Act, creates a national identity card that presents significant privacy risks to Americans. Many states oppose the rule as an unfunded mandate and an encroachment on states rights.

UPDATE: Full Wired News story here.

The regulations are complex, ranging from the kinds of documents required to get a license, how states databases will interact, the required elements on a compliant I.D. document’s face, how states need to store copies of your breeder documents, and how states can attempt to deal with homeless people and other cases, such as judges, police officers and victims of domestic violence and stalking.

Full regulations here (.pdf). DHS explanation here.

While some expected Homeland Security to require the licenses to have smart cards or RFID chips, DHS instead proposes a 2D bar code (magnetic stripe) similiar to those used on many licenses. That information will not be encrypted.

DHS estimates that it will take only 44 minutes for a current driver’s license holder to get a certified copy of their birth certificate, travel to the DMV and get a new license when it expires. No current driver’s license holder will be allowed to renew a license by mail. They estimate the costs to states and individuals over 10 years will be $23 billion.

Congress may move to negate this ruling by repealing the Act or reverting to an earlier process.

27b would love to hear your analysis of the regs.

UPDATE 1:40 pm: Reader EJ rightly points out in the comments that today’s proposed rules allow states to apply for an extension until January 1, 2010. And there are bills in Congress that could make all of these regulations useless.

UPDATE 2: 9:40 am PST Friday: The machine readable spec is not the mag stripe that I indicated. Instead, what is proposed is a 2D barcode spec known as PDF417. This is already widely used on state identification documents. Thanks to reader Jordan for the correction.