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Shop our selection of Fargo HID photo ID systems and buy all the essentials to start your ID card program in one single, easy order. Each system comes with a printer, software, ribbon, laminate (when applicable), camera, and cards. Choose from direct-to-card printers or retransfer printers that seamlessly build on extra features from the factory or via simple post-purchase upgrades. Our award-winning service means we're here for you today and after your purchase. Call us today if you need assistance selecting the right system for your needs.

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Why Choose an HID Fargo ID Card System?

Our HID Fargo systems provide everything you need to quickly and easily get your card printing program up and running. While Fargo printers can be purchased as stand-alone pieces of equipment, the printers do not come with all of the necessary supplies to begin making cards. It's very important, especially for first-time card printer users, to also get the supplies necessary for card production.

Our bundled systems contain supplies and equipment that seamlessly work together. Most Fargo systems include a printer, software, ribbon, camera, and cards. Plus, each system can easily be customized to varying needs. For example, you can change the type of card, add printer features (such as encoding), upgrade to a more advanced ID camera or ID software, and add extended warranty and/or loaner coverage.

Not only can a system make your purchase decision easier, it is also easy on the pocketbook. Buying a bundled Fargo ID system costs less than if the items were purchased individually! ID systems are a convenient and economical way to establish a card printing program at your organization.

What's the Difference Between a Single-Sided and a Dual-Sided Fargo System?

Simply put, a single-sided system prints on one side of your cards and a dual-sided printer prints on both sides of your cards in one process.

Choose a single-sided Fargo system if you will be creating ID cards with limited cardholder information. Choose a dual-sided Fargo system if you want the front of your cards to remain clean and uncluttered; printing some of your card-holder info on the back of your cards will keep the front of your cards looking their best!

Unsure what your future holds? Single-sided Fargo DTC4250e, DTC4500e, and HDP5000 systems can be upgraded to two-sided printing by adding a field-upgradeable duplex module. If you are unsure whether your needs may change in the future, or perhaps you may be planning to expand how your cards will be used, we recommend shopping for a Fargo printer that offers easy upgrade options when you'll need them.

What is a Retransfer System?

Many experienced card printer users are familiar with the white border that direct-to-card printers leave around the edge of cards. Retransfer printers, on the other hand, produce "over-the-edge" prints that cover the entire surface of your cards.

Direct-to-card printers print directly to the surface of cards. Any uneven surface of a card--including coming in contact with the edge of a card--can cause expensive printhead damage.

Retransfer printers, like the Fargo HDP5000, print your card image to a clear film (retransfer or HDP film) that is then fused onto the surface of the card. With this process, the printhead does not come in direct contact with your card, allowing you to print over the edge of your cards and to a wider variety of card surfaces including proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards and key tag cards. Another benefit: retransfer printers produce imagery with rich, vibrant, saturated colors.