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How to Make an Identification Card in Microsoft Word

An identity document or identification card is a useful proof to prove a person's identity. It is usually issued through a card-sized plastic or thick paper stock. Identification cards are issued by legitimate organizations and government offices for identification, accountability, and security purposes. Some examples of ID cards are employee company IDs, student IDs, staff IDs, among other kinds. 

These cards might be small, but they hold great importance, especially during official transactions or unforeseen emergencies. For students in primary, secondary, or tertiary/college level, the ID serves as their proof to enter the educational premise, and their ticket to safety during emergencies. Employee IDs serve as proof that they represent and work for a specific company or institution. ID cards might have varying specific functions, but one thing is for sure, they all are used to list a person's basic information in a handy card

Are you tasked to make an ID card for a specific purpose or event? You should read up on the following 5-step guide on how to make one from scratch using Microsoft Word as the editing platform.

1. Choose a Card Size and Layout Orientation

Before you start designing the ID card, choose the size first then decide if you'll have the card in a horizontal or vertical format. The different ID card dimensions are as follows; 85.60 × 53.98 mm for most banking cards and ID cards, 105 × 74 mm for visa ID cards, 125 × 88 mm for US government ID cards, and 25 × 15 mm for SIM cards. In this case, it's ideal to use the first size because it's applicable to standard ID cards.

2. Open an MS Word Document

To create an ID card, you should have an editing application to do so. MS Word offers various advantages and editing comfort because it can be accessed easily through your laptops, desktops, and mobile devices. Moreover, Word has user-friendly editing tools and features, so it can be easy to navigate. 

3. Place High-Quality Profile Images

Place a high-quality and profile image in the ID, specifically in the middle. Though it's not at all necessary, placing an image will be a way for better identification. The picture must highlight the facial features of the ID bearer. For a more professional setting, the subject or holders must wear the appropriate attire for the ID profile imaging.

4. Pick out a Color Scheme and Design

The common IDs are plain and straightforward, but you can always elevate your design by using creative elements. The design of the ID must coincide with company colors and standard fonts and colors. Use these elements and place them strategically into the layout. 

5. Place all the Bearer and Company Information

Indicate the name, position, ID numbers, company or organization name in the ID. It’s also important to place emergency contact numbers and other basic medical information of the bearer. Moreover, the required signatures must also be included for legitimacy purposes. 
 

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