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What is a School ID Card?

A school identification card is a card issued to students, teachers, and staff that plays various purposes such as getting in the school premises, checking out books from the school library, applying for scholarships, and payment for tuition. ID cards allows security staff to easily identify those who should be in and those who should not be in the school. This card should be worn and displayed all the time within the campus through the use of ID accessories such as lanyards, badge reels, and strap clips.

How to Create a School Identification Card

According to National Center for Education Statistics, around 68% of public schools in America requires faculty and staff to wear ID badges or picture identification cards for safety and security measures in the school year 2015-2016. School IDs are extremely important not just payment features, but also in access control. Creating an effective and dynamic school ID cards has never been easier. The following steps will help you get through in making a school identification card:

1. Determine your ID Card's Layout and Orientation

The first thing that you must decide in designing school IDs is its layout and orientation. The primary ID card sizes are CR80 (3.375″ x 2.125″), CR79 (3.303″ x 2.051″), and CR100 (3.88″ x 2.63″). The most popular size among the aforementioned sizes is the CR80, which is the same size as a credit card. Furthermore, also determine the orientation of the school ID card, whether you choose portrait ID or landscape, it's up to you.

2. Customize Card Features

After you're done with choosing the size and the orientation of the card, you can now insert features to customize it. Insert the name and logo of the school, the school's address, email address, and a bar code. Other IDs, such as private school IDs, have holographic over-laminate, smart card contacts, and other visual security elements to protect the identification card from forgery and tampering.

3. Select Graphics and a Typeface

Identification cards are not just a security device and a functional tool—it is also an extension of your school's name and image. Remember: an attractive and a well-designed card is more likely to be worn, so you better be wise in selecting the graphics and the typeface that you will use. The primary feature is typically the cardholder's photo. Make sure that the photo is large and its resolution is at least 300 dpi. Lastly, you have to you use a typeface that is not too simple, but also not extravagant. By choosing the appropriate font, you are promoting easy readability, thereby making the authentication process fast and accurate.

4. Insert the Proprietor's Data

The cardholder's data is one of the most important thing that you can see in an ID, aside from the photo. Indicate the complete name of the student, the student number, and the level of education—nursery school, primary school, secondary school, or senior high school. You can also add the birth date of the proprietor and the contact details of the person if in case of emergency.

5. Include Terms of Use

Place the terms of use at the back portion of the identification card. Laying out the terms is necessary, so the students, teachers, and staff will determine the scope of the card and the necessary actions in case of loss. Here are some examples of an ID card's terms of use:

  • Card must be presented upon entry and must be worn inside the school premises.
  • Tampering invalidates this card and is subject to disciplinary action.
  • This card also serves as the school's library card.