High-Volume ID Card Printing

For industrial ID and financial card personalization needs, HID Global offers high-resolution, precision UV inkjet printing, optional laser engraving and an array of encoding options.

The Next Evolution in Industrial Card Personalization

When printing high volumes of ID cards, credit cards, debit cards, or the like every single day, you need a solution that is easy to use and always dependable to get the job done.

Across the industry, HID Global stands alone with the most reliable, cost-effective, high-volume ID and financial card issuance available. Issue personalized ID and financial cards in bulk and configure and scale your solution to match credential program needs — spanning those for large government organizations, service bureaus, banks and credit unions, to enterprise workplaces and beyond.

Desktop-based yet heavy-duty, HID Global’s high volume ID card printer, encoder, and laser engraver, HID® ELEMENT, is the next evolution in industrial card personalization.

With its reliable operation, minimal maintenance, highly-configurable functionality, scalable throughput and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry HID ELEMENT is the preferred solution for superior-quality, high-volume card personalization and issuance.


  • Lowest total cost of ownership — Get the lowest cost-per-image over standard, ribbon-based desktop Direct-to-Card (DTC) or retransfer card printers and a lower TCO than feature-comparable central issuance systems
  • Unprecedented modularity in a desktop — Buy UV inkjet printing and laser engraving systems either together or as separate, stand-alone units – whichever meets your organization's needs
  • Ease of use — Enjoy the same user-friendliness of standard DTC and retransfer desktop printers but with the modularity, power and throughput speed to rival central issuance
Key Benefits

Key Features

High Resolution, UV Inkjet Card Printing
Unique options — such as creating color tactile effects and focused overlay — that introduce new approaches to card security and durability not available elsewhere

Multiple Encoding Options
Supports both familiar HID embedded encoders and third-party Smartware® simultaneous contact and contactless encoding

Precision Laser Engraving
Standard black text, grayscale imaging, the ability to combine laser + color and support for security feature applications such as CLI/MLI (Changeable/Multiple Laser Image), sub-surface image and microtext

High Capacity Input/Output
Print up to 1600 cards, facilitating high-volume card throughput for continuous runs and maximum yields per shift


Highly versatile, HID ELEMENT is ideal for a variety of high-volume applications for today’s large organizations and service bureaus:

  • Government-to-Citizen (G2C) Issuance — national IDs, driver’s licenses, vehicle registration cards, border crossing cards, voter IDs and health cards
  • Government-to-Employee (G2E) and Corporate Enterprise Issuance — employee photo IDs and badges
  • Commercial Issuance — transit passes, retail cards and more
  • Financial Issuance – credit cards, debit cards, pre-paid cards and more