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Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printer

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  • Single Sided, Dual Sided Optional
  • 300 dpi Direct-to-Card Printing message
  • $0.37 per YMCKO card in 16 seconds
  • 100 Card Input Hopper & 100 Card Output
  • Lamination : Optional message
  • Security features: Security watermark, resin scramble, Password & AES 256 data encryption message
  • Warranty : 3 years
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  • Supply packs include everything needed to print cards
  • 30 Day Return Policy
  • Free sample cards prior to purchase
  • Free lifetime phone & email support
  • Free unlimited remote trainings
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  • Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 20212 R
  • Linux RPM & DEB
  • CR80 sized plastic cards (Driver's License Size) 3.375'' x 2.125''
  • CR79 sized plastic cards (Adhesive-backed cards for clamshell cards) message
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Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printer

Built on 20 years of proven direct-to-card printing expertise, the HID® FARGO® DTC1500 card printer/encoder offers the convenience and lower cost of high-capacity consumables along with a comprehensive feature set – enabling organizations to routinely issue highly secure cards and IDs at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing quality.

Designed for government ID projects, universities and colleges, K-12 schools, healthcare facilities, and small-to-medium businesses, the DTC1500 boasts of distinctive security features ideal for these organizations. A built-in, custom watermark overlay function allows for the application of a customized transparent security image such as a logo, symbol, or text – to be integrated as a permanent watermark within the printed card’s overlay panel – making duplication virtually impossible. The DTC1500 custom watermark provides organizations with a cost-efficient way to significantly increase card security and thwart would-be-counterfeiters without additional investment in holographic overlaminates or foil cards. The DTC1500 also comes equipped with a unique resin scramble data protection feature – rendering used panels unreadable. Standard password protection and AES 256 data encryption provide additional peace of mind.

Beyond robust security, the DTC1500 offers innovative printing features such as resin threshold settings for darker, crisper text and barcodes. What’s more, built-in dual-side printing can be activated with the simple use of an RFID tag making after-purchase upgrades virtually effortless! Due to its modular, scalable design – optional lamination or encoding modules can also be added at any time. Security, lower cost, innovation, and versatility – it all comes standard with the DTC1500.



Fargo DTC1500

Print Method Dye Sublimation / Resin thermal transfer
Resolution 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone
Colors Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades per pixel
Print Ribbon Options Wide array of ECO-friendly, high-capacity print ribbons from K to YMCKOKO. Laminate patch options from full card coverage and half panel polyester overlaminates to off-the-shelf and fully custom holographic overlaminates are all available from HID. Available print ribbons include:
• Full-color with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 500 prints
• Full-color with two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCKOK*, 500 prints
• Full-color with two resin black panels, YMCKK*, 500 prints
• Full-color half-panel with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 850 prints
• Full-color half-panel with two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCKOK*, 650 prints
• Full-color half-panel with two resin black panels and overlay panels, YMCKOKO*, 500 prints
• Resin black, K*, 3000 prints
Print Speed** 6 seconds per card (K*); 16 seconds per card (YMCKO*); 24 seconds per card (YMCKOK*)
Accepted Standard Card Sizes CR-80 (3.375˝L x 2.125˝W / 85.6 mm L x 54 mm W); CR-79 (3.313" L x 2.063" W / 84.1 mm L x 52.4 mm W)
Print Area CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36˝L x 2.11˝W / 85.3 mm L x 53.7 mm W); CR-79 (3.3" L x 2.04" W / 83.8 mm L x 51.8 mm W)
Accepted Card Thickness .009˝ - .040˝ / 9 mil - 40 mil / .229 mm - 1.016 mm
Accepted Card Types PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish; monochrome resin required for 100% polyester cards; optical memory cards with PVC finish; rewrite
Input Hopper Card Capacity 100 cards (.030˝ / .762 mm)
Output Hopper Card Capacity Up to 100 cards. (.030" / .762 mm)
Card Cleaning Card cleaning roller integrated into ribbon cartridge; cleaning roller is automatically replaced with each ribbon change
Memory 32 MB RAM
Software Drivers Windows® 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (32 bit & 64 bit) / Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012
Interface USB 2.0, Standard Ethernet with internal print server (Note: Ethernet optional on BIS-Certified Units)
Operating Temperature 65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C
Humidity 20–80% non-condensing
Dimensions Printer: 9.8" H x 18.7" W x 9.2" D / 249 mm H x 475 mm W x 234 mm D
Printer + lam: 18.9" H x 18.7" W x 9.2" D / 480 mm H x 475 mm W x 234 mm D
Weight Printer: 11 lbs / 5 Kg
Printer + lam: 20 lbs / 9.1 Kg
Agency Listings Safety: UL 60950-2, CSA C22.2 (60950-07), and CE; EMC: FCC Class A, CE (EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024), CCC, BSMI, KC
Supply Voltage 100-240Vac, 50-60Hz, 1.6 Amps max
Supply Frequency 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Environmental Features GreenCircle® Certified card printer (base models only without encoders), refillable supply cartridges (ECO), and rewrite technology - no ribbon required
Warranty Printer – three years; printhead – three years, unlimited pass with UltraCard®
Encoding Options (HID Encoders) Supported smart card and magnetic stripe technologies: 125 kHz (HID Prox) reader; 13.56 MHz (iCLASS® Standard / SE / SR / Seos®, MIFARE Classic®, MIFARE Plus®, MIFARE DESFire®, MIFARE DESFire® EV1, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693) read/write encoder; contact smart card encoder reads from and writes to all ISO7816 1/2/3/4 memory and microprocessor smart cards (T=0, T=1) as well as synchronous cards; ISO magnetic stripe encoding, dual high- and low-coercivity, tracks 1, 2 and 3
Options Single wire Ethernet and USB 2.0 interface for inline printing and encoding are only optional on BIS-Certified Units (note: single wire Ethernet encoding is only available for iCLASS® , MIFARE®, and contact smart card encoding) - Ethernet-enabled printer supports wireless accessory; dual-sided printing module; smart card encoding modules (contact/contactless); magnetic stripe encoding module; printer cleaning kit; secure proprietary consumables system
Software Swift ID™ embedded badging application, FARGO Workbench™ diagnostic utility with Color Assist™ spot-color matching
Display Color changing status buttons

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about ID printers? Get quick answers in our FAQ section below.

  • What is the FARGO® DTC1500?

  • What new features are available with HID Global’s new FARGO DTC1500 printer/ encoder?

  • What are the factory-only upgradeable options for the DTC1500?

  • What are the field-upgradeable options for the DTC1500?

  • In which combinations can I purchase technology card encoders with the DTC1500 printer?

  • Is the DTC1500 Printer supported by the existing FARGO Printer SDK?

  • Will the overlaminate materials from the DTC1500 work in a DTC4500e lamination module?

  • Are fluorescent panel ribbons supported by the DTC1500 printer?

  • Are half-panel ribbons available for the DTC1500?

  • Will the DTC1500 be FIPS-201 compliant?

  • Will the FARGO DTC1500 replace any current FARGO DTC printers?

  • What does the warranty cover?

  • Do the color profiles of the DTC1500 Printer/Encoder match the color profiles of the existing DTC e-series printers?

  • What are the main advantages of the DTC1500 over competitive DTC laminating printers?

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