Security Features for Staff ID Cards

Top Tips for Securing your Staff ID Cards

Adding a security feature onto your staff ID cards will help you to prevent the cost and stress associated with theft.

Unfortunately it’s all too easy to create an ID card. You can find loads of videos demonstrating how to quickly create a genuine looking ID card on YouTube, making it easy for criminals to educate themselves. They then attempt to copy staff ID cards in order to gain access into buildings to commit crime, usually theft of equipment, data or staff possessions.

Here at ID Cards and Accessories we always try to be one step ahead. We offer a range of easy to adopt security features which can be easily applied to employee ID cards to help prevent counterfeiting and tampering, subsequently protecting your business, staff and customers.

Easy to adopt security features for your staff ID cards

Company Logo:

Get your company logo pre-printed onto your base cards. The print quality compared to if it was applied using a card printer is superior so you will be able to spot any dodgy copied cards.


Apply staff photos to your cards, that way identity can be visually verified.


Included with all Magicard printers, HoloKote® is patented technology that frosts a secure watermark such as your company logo to the card’s surface during printing. It’s subtle so will not obscure personalised data, obvious at an angle cards and effective because it make cards difficult to alter or copy.


Some Datacard and Smart printers offer a laminate. This is a clear polyester film applied onto the surface of the card using heat and pressure. This acts are a barrier, prolonging the life and protecting the card data from fraudulent tampering.


Holograms are a cost effective way to add security and are difficult to copy. They can be cut to your logo shape and are visible from a distance so easy for door security to spot. Applied at the same time as base stock printing and only on a few pence per card.

Holographic card printer ribbons are also available to purchase with Zebra, Evolis and Smart printers. These are applied to cards in a batch after you personalise and are generic stock images.

Barcodes and 2D QR Codes:

Print on a barcode or QR code either onto base stock or when personalising and link to a photo stored online for further verification.

Other things to consider for your employee ID cards

Ensure your card printing equipment is locked away, this includes all printer ribbons and base stock cards.

• Restrict Access to your ID card printing software. Limiting access to a few trusted and employees with their own passwords ensures that ID card printing and issuance are tightly controlled.

• Audit Printed Cards. If you are using card printing software you should be able to report on who printed cards, who for and when.

If you require assistance on the best security features for your staff ID cards please contact us on 029 2070 8702.

If you are a school, college or university then check out our sister website ‘The School Print Shop‘ and talk to our education security specialists.