Fargo ID Card Printers The FARGO line of smart card printers offers simple, dependable, and high-definition mass production smart card printing. Regardless of the smart cards your organization uses, HID Global has the right card printer for the job.

Fargo DTC1250e Card Printers

Fastest card printer in its category

Plug-and-play solution to print stunning edge-to-edge badges

Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printers

Low-cost, high-capacity consumables

Direct-to-card printing

Fargo DTC4250e ID Card Printers

Robust ID card printers for superb credentials.

Loaded with security features for maximum card security     

Fargo DTC4500e ID Card Printers

Versatile card printer built for robust, high-volume printing

Ultra-secure with standard printer password protection and fluorescent panel printing

Fargo HDP5000 ID Card Printers

Professional reverse transfer printer for high-definition color images

Tamper-proof HDP film for maximum security and card durability

Connectivity, lamination and smartcard encoding options.

Fargo DTC5500LMX ID Card Printers

Largest card patch coverage in the industry

First laminating card printer to be GreenCircle® Certified

Every machine has dual-side printing and dual-side lamination capability

Fargo HDP6600 ID Card Printers

Fargo HDP6600 ID Card Printers

Single or dual sided printing

Magnetic encoding option

Lamination option

Flattener option

Retransfer printing

Fargo HDP8500 Printers

The most reliable, high duty performance ID card printer in the industry.

High throughput credential personalization and issuance.

Especially suited for the high duty cycle requirements of large government ID card programs

  • Why choose Fargo Printers?
  • Fargo printers are easy to operate, dependable, and most have an easy upgrade path.
  • Printing high-quality PVC/plastic cards
  • Perfect for printing a basic ID badge or a multi-functional smart card.
  • Fargo single-sided and dual-sided printers are available in the following configurations:
  • The most prevalent type of printing is direct-to-card.
  • The most adaptable printing method is retransfer printing.


Fargo printers are designed to consistently produce high-quality badges. Consider the following distinctions between printers before selecting your printer:

  • Direct-to-card printing vs. retransfer: Fargo offers direct-to-card printers but for over the edge printing, retransfer ID card printers are also available. Retransfer Fargo provide unmatched print quality, even on uneven surfaces (proximity cards, smart cards, or pre-punched cards).
  • USB vs. Ethernet: card printers come with USB connection but if your printer will be on a network, don’t forget to select a printer with Ethernet connectivity.
  • Windows vs. Mac: make sure that the printer that you select is compatible with the operating system that you use, especially if you are using a Mac.
  • Basic vs. encoding options: if you need to print and encode data on magnetic or smart cards, opt for a card printer with the right encoder. All Fargo card printers offer optional encoding capabilities.
  • Single vs. dual-sided lamination: some Fargo printers offer single or dual-sided lamination modules. Laminating your cards helps reduce the risk of counterfeiting and tampering while extending the lifespan of your cards.


Some Fargo card printers – DTC4500, HDP5000 and HDP8500 – are available with a lamination module to add an extra layer of protection to your printed cards.

Fargo printers can apply different types of laminates:

  • Clear laminates: a clear protective layer of 0.6 or 1.0 mil is applied to your printed cards.
  • Standard holographic laminates: choose laminates with holograms for added security as holograms are hard to duplicate.
  • Custom holographic laminates: instead of opting for a standard hologram that another company may also use, go for your own custom design. This option guarantees maximum protection to your cards.

Overlays or patches might be laminates. While overlay laminates completely cover the surface of your cards, patch laminates just protect the edge of the card.