Novelty ID Cards: What You Should Know

If you were asked not to introduce yourself verbally, but only hand around ID cards that gave information about you, wouldn’t you want to use something as representative of you as possible? You’d want something memorable and captivating. People forget names as soon as they hear them—imagine what would happen if they weren’t motivated to take more than a glance at your card.

This is what novelty IDs are about. They provide unique or entertaining ways to identify people, whether for business purposes or in less formal groups.

Novelty IDs Are Not Fake IDs

There is a lot of confusion on the internet about the differences between a novelty ID and a fake ID, but it’s pretty simple. A novelty ID is an ID card that is not a replica of any state, school or government-issued ID. It cannot contain any copyrighted information, holograms, raised print, microprint or ghost pictures that feature on any government ID. Fake IDs, on the other hand, are attempted clones of government ID. Novelty IDs are used to have a laugh or indicate membership to clubs, not to carry out illegal activities as people do with fake IDs.

How Much Do Novelty IDs Cost? 

At InstantCard, ID badge pricing is simple and transparent, with numerous template options for businesses and groups. Pricing is bundled according to the number of cards as follows:

  • 1-500 IDs: $7.80 per card + options
  • 500-1000 IDs: $6.70 per card + options
  • 1000-2000 IDs: $5.80 per card + options
  • Talk to us for a special quote if you would like to order more than 2000 cards.

Options include additions such as holograms and QR Codes. You can see more of them on our pricing page.

All of our prices include a free professional template design with unlimited template options, bar codes, magstripes, and same-day shipping. What’s more, we don’t have a minimum number order, so you can order as many cards as you need. Just employed someone new? No problem, we will print out one ID for you with no “small batch” fee. The only additional payment after printing of the cards is the postage fee, as we do not charge for shipping and handling. Remember, all our IDs come with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Fun Novelty ID Ideas

Custom novelty IDs don’t always have to be for official use, there are many fun and personal ways to use them.

  • You could create club IDs for membership identification of any clubs you may be in. Whether a school club or recreational team, novelty IDs are an efficient way to provide necessary identification, while also creating a sense of association.
  • Prank your friends by swapping out their real ID with funny ID cards. Our novelty ID maker offers several ID templates to choose from, and our cards are printed in the highest quality so it’s easy to get away with. Just don’t put them in any real trouble!
  • Use our customizable template to make a unique gift card for your friends. Say you want to take your friends out for a special occasion: instead of the same old communication, present your treat in the form of a gift card. “100% off One Night Out” is a lot more exciting than a “Wanna go out?” text.

There are limitless ways to have fun with our novelty ID card maker, all you need is a bit of creativity and our easy ordering system.

Where Can I Get a Novelty ID?

Sites like allow you to enter your information and photo into a variety of different templates. Additionally, there’s the option to upload your own novelty ID design.

How Does Ordering Your Custom Novelty ID Work? 

Ordering your novelty ID cards from InstantCard is an easy 5-step process:

  1. Fund your account: We use a declining balance system of accounting, where 100 percent of the money placed in your account is used to print cards. This system works like a postage meter, with a deduction for every order. This makes it possible to order as little as one card without having to get an invoice for the small amount, saving you both time and money.
  2. Approve your free ID badge template: With your account set up, you can proceed to choose your card design. We create a free ID card template for you or you can upload your design. You can choose more than one template at a time as our system supports unlimited templates.
  3.  Fill in the card information: Enter each person’s information one at a time, or in bulk using a spreadsheet. The information is automatically entered into the template of your choice.
  4. Order ID cards to be printed: Choose the number of cards you want for each ID and order them.
  5. Your IDs are shipped to you on the same day: No matter how many cards you order, we’ll get them shipped to you on the same day if you order before 4 pm EST. We ship with your courier of choice, be it UPS, FedEx or USPS.

Whether you need funny ID cards or badges for your employees, InstantCard’s ICO, allowing distribution of novelty ID cards, is simple and efficient. Contact us to learn more about how you can take advantage of our services.