If you use ID cards and badges on a regular basis, it is important that you protect them. Daily use can start to create wear and tear and risk damage to ID badges.
The best way to protect your badges is with an ID card holder, but there are many different styles and options. How do you know which ID card holder is right for you? Here are five basic questions you should ask before selecting an ID card holder.
#1. What Kind of Card Do You Have?
If you have something more sophisticated like a smart card or a card with a chip in it, for security purposes, you will need a holder that provides greater protection since these cards can be sensitive. If you have a more standard ID card that will regularly need to be removed from the holder to be inspected or read by a scanner, then you will need a holder that allows for easy removal. If you have a very basic photo ID, you can probably opt for a flexible holder instead of plastic ID card holders, which are more durable.
#2. What Size and Shape are Your ID Cards?
The size of your ID card also factors into the type of card holder you will need. Some holders are the size of a standard credit card or driver’s license and are commonly used for any small horizontal badges. There are also vertical holders that can hold IDs for law enforcement and other government officials and a larger horizontal holder for larger identification cards or specialty cards with a magnetic stripe or barcode.
#3. Do You Have Multiple Cards?
While most organizations require employees to carry one card, there are some that may issue more than one ID or credential or multiple cards for multiple uses within a company. For these organizations, there are multi-card ID holders available. However, if you just need an ID card holder for one badge, there are typically many more options in stock.
#4. Are You Worried About Identity Theft?
If your badge has special features such as access control, using a badge holder that includes a thin piece of metal that acts as a shield can help prevent your card from being read. These types of badge holders are perfect for protecting smart cards and access badges.
#5. How Will You Wear Your ID Card?
There are several ways you can wear an ID badge. The question is: how do you prefer to wear it? Some badges require a lanyard for wearing around the neck. Others have a clip that can be attached to a shirt or belt loop. Some can even be worn as armbands. The easiest method is to use a badge with an attached clip because it does not require additional accessories, but if you prefer to wear your badge around your neck, there are many available options.
If durability is important to you, Plastic Id Card Holders are likely the best choice. If you need card holders in bulk for a very basic ID card, for example, a flexible badge holder may be a better choice. Before choosing the badge holder that is right for you, consider the size, shape, and uses of your badge.
At ID Shop, we carry a wide selection of ID badges and card holders. Whether you need plastic ID card holders for your business, special ID badge holders for a conference or even just an everyday protector for your driver’s license or credit card, we have just the thing for you.
Don’t see what you are looking for or have questions about which ID badge or card holder is right for you? Feel free to contact us anytime. We take pride in our customer service and will ensure your ID is properly protected so that it always looks clean and professional. Contact us today at 844-443-7467 or visit us online at www.idshop.com.