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A Beginner's Guide to Designing School ID Badges

ID badges are important in keeping our children safe in school. They not only facilitate quick and easy identification of students and staff, they also make visual identification of visitors, welcome or otherwise, effortless.

When designing school ID cards, here some important points to remember:

Include a name and a recent photo

Name and Photo

The primary function of a school ID card is to provide a standard way of identifying individuals in the facility. As such, school ID badges must be designed to prominently feature the cardholder’s name and photograph. Use bold fonts that are easy to read from afar and ensure that you are using the bearer’s most recent picture.

Utilize colors for easy identification

Color PVC Cards

An affordable and easy way to tell if a student, teacher, or visitor belongs in the building they’re in is through color-coded ID cards. This can be done by using colored PVC cards or by incorporating colors in the ID’s artwork. Different colors can be assigned to students, teachers, visitors, and parents.

Use different badge designs for different users

Different Badge Designs

In addition to color-coded ID badges, the design of the cards must also clearly show the type of cardholder. Is the bearer a student, a teacher, a parent, or a visitor? School ID cards must be labeled accordingly for easy identification.

Incorporate security elements


Adding security elements to your school ID badges make them difficult to counterfeit. This vastly increases the security of students and staff. Some of the more affordable security elements you can incorporate in your school ID badge include holographic overlaminates, peel-and-stick holographic markers, and barcodes, among others.

Make it easy to display your ID badges

ID Lanyards

An ID card is only effective if it is worn and displayed prominently at all times. Make it easy for everyone to comply with your ID policy by including a lanyard or a badgeholder with your school ID cards. Go even further by customizing these ID accessories with your school logo or mascot.

ID Superstore can help you implement an ID card program that you can rely on. Call our ID experts today for a free consultation at 1-800-667-1772. You may get in touch via e-mail. Either way, we’d be happy to hear from you.

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