Plastic card printing services

We offer professional quality printing of plastic cards for identification, conferences/events, club membership, or just for fun. Ideal for company ID, and even high quality business cards.

You can design your card, and preview on screen. You can enter card details for each person, or even import a CSV to create a whole batch.

Unlike some services, we don't expect a "card image" to print, we allow you to design a card from components to insert names, photos, numbers, barcodes and everything you need. We even provide an API to allow you to load new card data from your own systems ready for printing.

We can supply and encode mag cards and RFID cards if you need, or simply record the RFID identifier for each card that is printed for you to programme correctly later.

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Simple pricing

The basic price is £1.00 +VAT per order plus £1.00 +VAT per card, plus postage, for single sided full colour card printing.

Per order
£1.00 +VAT
Handling for each batch of any design
Per card
£1.00 +VAT
Single sided, full colour
Double sided
£1.00 +VAT
Extra per card for double sided
Mag stripe
50p +VAT
Extra per card for mag stripe
UV
£1.00 +VAT
Extra per card for UV layer
RFID (NXP MIFARE DESFire EV2 4k)
£1.00 +VAT
Extra per card for RFID cards
Slot/clip
50p +VAT
Extra per card for punching a slot and supplying a clip

If you want to print on specialised cards, you need to provide your own blank cards. There is no extra cost (or discount) for your own cards. We usually stock the MIFARE DESFire EV2 4k (as above) with and without mag stripe.

Note, this video is not necessarily up to date with current prices - see above for details.

New

New features - soon

We have a number of new features in the pipeline, including:-

  • Higher resolution 600dpi printing
  • Micro printing (600dpi allows text as small as 0.5mm high to be printed, depending on the font)
  • Full area print of UV (no MAC address printed in the corner as on old printer)
  • Pre-loading per-card data to MIFARE classic cards
  • Pre-loading per-card data to MIFARE EV1 cards
  • Even when not programming RFID cards, API to allow card ID to be downloaded for each card printed

Powerful features

The entry level is single sided print in full colour (including black overlay layer) - ideal for name badges. However, we can do a lot more:

  • Fast turnaround (usually posted on working day if order if before 3pm).
  • Edge to edge printing with no margin/border (artwork provided to bleed over the edge)
  • Punched slot and clip for ID cards
  • Double sided full colour.
  • Per card data fields including photos for ID cards.
  • UV (invisible text / image / barcode) overlay.
  • IEC16022 and QR 2D barcodes.
  • EAN13, UPC, EAN8, EAN5, ITF, Code39, Code128, and Telepen 1D barcodes.
  • Mag stripe coding (tracks 1, 2, and 3).
  • VCARD contact details link (small QR code that gets VCARD details from our web site).
  • Printing on RFID cards (and supplying NXP MIFARE DESFire EV2 4k)
  • Print on your own cards including SIM cards with cut-outs.
  • API upload of card data and images
  • For events we can provide a link to allow people to add their own details for the event - creating a simple event registration system that also provides the event name cards.
  • Comprehensive unicode character support allowing accented characters to support names from a wide variety of countries (and most emojis).
  • No minimum order - order a little as one card at a time.

Design basics

You can design your card template, or use on of the existing designs, or simply start with one of the existing designed and work from there. If you want, you can start from a completely blank card, portrait or landscape, and design if single or double sided, etc.

The basic ideas is that you can design a card template and have a set of cards, all different, e.g. with different names and photos, etc - ideal for ID cards.

However, you can make a fixed design and order multiple copies of that design if you prefer.

The fields you include for per card printing can be text, or images (e.g. photo), and can be represented in a range of fonts, sizes, orientations, and colours as well as allowing data to be coded in a variety of 1D and 2D barcode formats. Data can also be encoded in mag stripe tracks. You can request a slot and clip as well. You can even define a set (e.g. pull down list) to control data to code for images, text, barcodes, etc.

If you are designing artwork, the cards are standard credit card size which is 85.60mm x 53.98mm (about 3⅜" by 2⅛"), and can be designed as landscape or portrait. They are printed at 300dpi (soon to be 600dpi). We suggest you make any full card artwork (e.g. background images) 2048x1296 to 2072x1328 pixels which (if you work it out) is slightly larger than the printable area at 600dpi so as to allow some variation in print position with over-the-edge bleed of artwork for edge to edge printing.

Our staff can usually offer some advice on card design if you need. For a small fee we can work on your design in details if you want.

Getting started

The card design web site is https://cards.aa.net.uk/. You can use this to set up a new login (based on your email address) and start making cards and seeing what they look like. You can see the design on screen, and also get a pixel accurate preview of the print layers if you like. Once you have designed your card, you can create one or more instances with distinct details and specify quantities and then order. Payment is normally required with order by bank transfer.

We can print on a UV layer which is invisible until you use a UV light. This can include patterns, generic text and logos, and even per card text, barcodes and images (e.g. copy of photo ID).

Note: At present the UV includes a machine ID printed in one corner, however our new 600dpi printer does not have this.

We can also supply / print on RFID cards, and encode mag stripes as needed for access control systems. We can do some encoding of RFID cards if you wish, but that means providing use with keys. More often we would simply record the RFID card ID which you can access via he card API once printed so you know which card is associated with which set of details.

We will try and print the cards as accurately as possible to the design shown on screen, but screen colours and print colours can vary slightly. Whilst the print alignment is usually better, we suggest avoiding meaningful artwork within 1mm of the edge.

As per normal terms, liability is limited to a refund of price paid. We cannot guarantee delivery dates, but we will try to print and ship on the day of ordering if ordered in the morning. For events, or large orders, we recommend ordering a week in advance and then any additional cards or reprints closer to the event. We cannot guarantee print with no defects and will re-print any returned as defective free of charge based on the template/card still on the system. You can cancel up until we start printing for no cost, cancelling after we have started you pay for any cards printed. Once shipped, full price (i.e. in eluding delivery charges) applies. If supplying your own card stock, there may be some wastage (especially where we have to get print settings right for new types of card), and any such failed cards are returned in whatever state in they end up, with no print charge.

We may take additional steps to verify any order for "ID" cards. If ordering any sort of ID, we recommend paying from a bank account in the same name as the company shown on the card. We may also reject orders that appear to be trying to fake any sort of ID, are offensive, or for any other reason (You will need to request a refund, which will usually take a few days). You indemnify us against any third party claims relating to any cards we print for you, including infringement of copyright or fraud.

Contact Sales

email sales@aa.net.uk
phone 03333 400222
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
sms 01344 400222

Contact Support

email support@aa.net.uk
phone 03333 400999
(Mon-Fri 8am-6pm,
Sat 10am-2pm)
sms 01344 400999