ID Cards for Police, Fire, and First Responders2023-12-09T07:37:34-05:00

The Best Custom Photo & Fire Service ID Cards

We offer the most secure, professional ID badges for first responders.
Security is our first priority. We will not print govt. ID cards without
a valid e-mail from a verified organization.

Free Design • Easy Ordering • Same-Day Shipping

Police ID Card with Badge

InstantCard Account Setup

Submit your infoFilling out this form gives us all the information we need for initial account setup. Fund your account100% goes towards card production. Choose your options Choose basic design/technology options & upload your logo Template design You will be contacted by our professional designers to approve your ID template.
Can I send you a batch of photos for processing?2019-08-02T14:05:56-04:00


We will provide you with a personalized ftp destination on our site, where you can send all your photos. They will be linked by name to the data submitted in a spreadsheet. We also offer our unique photo-processing service which can process large batches of photos to make them all consistent: same face-fill factor (using facial recognition); same x-y dimensions; same definition & resolution. This is particularly useful when you have a large numbers of pictures coming from a variety of different sources.

Does the service use pre-set card design templates?2021-01-20T06:49:44-05:00

At InstantCard we pride ourselves in making custom designs for each of our clients. We prefer to make a custom design for you to best meet your exact needs. This is a free service. If you would like to get some inspiration as to what others in similar fields have done, to give our designer your preferences, please leaf through the card gallery on our site.  Your design will be unique, based on your logo, your color scheme, and your layout preferences.

You may also upload any inspirational examples for our designers via the template design form.

I’m not very design-oriented. Can someone create a template for me?2019-08-02T14:03:37-04:00

Absolutely. In fact, most people prefer to have us design their ID cards. We have expert graphic specialists at InstantCard who would be more than happy to design a custom template for you using your company logo, color scheme, and any other design specifications that you may have. This is a no charge service. And if you decide at a later date to make changes to the design, we typically help you do that in a matter of minutes.

Do I email you the employee photos?2019-08-02T14:03:06-04:00


Our online service eliminates email entirely, since this manual process is the source of most errors when dealing with an outside supplier. Our service allows you to just point to the photos for your IDs cards, then automatically embeds them onto your cards. Within your browser window, you will be able to easily adjust which part of the picture you want to show up on the ID (cropping). There is no need to worry about pictures mismatched with employee names, poor pictures, or improper sizing. You’ll see an exact image of card as it will be printed, so you can verify spelling and presentation, before you choose to print the ID card.

If you have a large number of employee pictures, we provide a custom service which automatically re-sizes and crops all your pictures to the appropriate format for your ID cards.

Can our card design include barcodes or QR codes?2021-01-20T06:47:19-05:00

Our service can support 30 different barcode symbologies, including of course the most common ones like Code39 and Code128. Cards can have multiple barcodes on them, on either the front or the back or both.

We fully support QR codes, which can create a linkage between the physical card and the virtual cloud-based information. Or they can be used to allow scanning of contact information.

Can I change my card design after processing the cards?2019-08-02T14:01:34-04:00


You may make as many changes to card templates as you like, now or in the future. In fact, you can make an unlimited number of card templates, at no extra charge. Many clients use multiple designs, such as for staff and students, or for temporary and permanent employees. If you update the templates, for example with a new expiration date, you will not need to change your personnel data.

Can you encode the magnetic stripe on our cards when the badge is printed?2021-01-20T06:51:00-05:00


Our service allows you to define the contents for encoding Track1, Track2, and Track3. There is no extra charge for this service.

Security is very important for my company. How can you enhance the security of our ID cards?2019-08-02T14:00:10-04:00

We offer a number of options that can greatly increase the security of our ID cards. Some of the options which significantly reduce the risk of fraud or falsification include:

  • Print your cards on smart card (chip) cards which can be encoded for enhanced security
  • Add a holographic overlay covering the full surface of the cards
  • Use micro-printing, which only high-quality high-definition printers can achieve
  • Print a ghosted and re-sized picture on the front or back of the card
  • Overlay or underlay complex graphics over variable data (photo, name, etc.)

We would be pleased to work with you to define the best security solution to meet your organization’s unique requirements.

Can I upload a sketch?2019-08-02T13:56:59-04:00

Yes! You may absolutely upload a sketch of your idea. Our professional designers will realize it into a complete design. They will work with you to make sure that the design matches your intentions. So, go ahead, scan the back of that envelope. We’ll make it into something you’ll be proud to wear.

Do I have to use professional design software?2021-01-20T06:49:19-05:00


You may use whatever software you are comfortable with. Just be aware, if you are uploading a complete design, make sure that it is 1050 pixels (minimum) on the longest side. If you are unsure how to do this, don’t worry—send us what you have and our professional designers can recreate it in high resolution. (If you are using a photo background, make sure you send us the full, high-resolution photo along with your design.)

What types of files can I upload?2019-08-02T13:55:22-04:00

Currently, we accept graphic files with the following extensions:

.pdf, .doc, .docx, .zip, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .psd, .cdr, .bmp

If you have something in a format other than that which is supported here, no problem. Simply contact us, and we’ll make sure that we get your template up and running ASAP.

Do we email you the employee photos? And where do I enter employees’ names and info?2020-03-17T08:23:45-04:00

The InstantCard removes email, and therefore manual operations, completely!  You will upload employee photos along with employee data directly to the website.  Once you have approved your first template design, you will be given login credentials to the InstantCard service. There, you may either enter each employee’s information one-at-a-time or all-at-once via a bulk upload using a spreadsheet.

Initial Account Funding

We will begin working on your custom ID card design
as soon as you fund your account for the first time.

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Minimum initial deposit is $195.00.

100% goes to card production. This will cover 20-30 cards depending on options.

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Non-falsifiable ID badges for police, fire, and first responders

ID cards are just as important as badges when verifying a a first responder or police officer’s identity. While old badges are somewhat easy to come by, a valid police ID card is not. So, it is imperative that all agencies dealing with public safety implement a secure, standardized ID card program.

Security is our first priority. We will not print govt./police ID cards without a valid e-mail from a verified organization.

Firefighter and Ranger IDs

Example Government-Issued ID Badge Designs

All ID card templates are designed for FREE

The most secure ID Badges for:





Park Services

Search and Rescue



SWAT Teams


Disaster Recovery

Disease/Virus Mitigation

7 Things You Should Incorporate into Your Police ID Card Program

When it comes to police ID Cards, you
should be certain you are following best practices.

So, we created a white paper, giving more in-depth explanations for the suggestions you see above. Whether printing in-house or outsourcing, make sure you get the most out of your ID card program.

A government ID badge should fulfill the following requirements:

•  is non-falsifiable
•  instills confidence in anyone to whom it is presented
•  controls access to sensitive areas or computer data

If you aren’t sure what options are best for your department, please contact us.
We value straight talk and promise to never try and sell you something which you do not need.

Every department is different—every ID card template should be, too.

Police ID Card best practices security white paper

1. Smartcard Technology

A smart chip is the most fraud-resistant measure for any police ID card.
The chip may be programmed for numerous functions.

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1 smart chip

2. Supervisor Signature

A signature is not easily forged.
The signature of your department head adds greater credibility to your ID badge program.

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Police ID signature

3. Ghosted Image

For even greater security, you can add a second, faint image on the identification card.
This prevents someone from simply pasting their photo onto a genuine ID Card.

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Police ID Security: Ghosted Image

4. Overlapping Data

Overlapping the issuing date over the ghosted image further prevents fraudulent tampering with a genuine ID.

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Police ID Security: Overlapping Data

5. Department Address & Phone Number

The badge should contain a phone number which anyone may call, 24/7, to verify the officer’s identity.
An address aids in the returning of lost ID badges.

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Police ID Security: Contact Information

6. Department Seal

It should be absolutely clear that the employee ID card is associated with your specific department.
In this example, for further security, we also included a watermark of the seal

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Police ID Security: Department Seal

7. Information on the Back of employee ID Cards

The back of the identification card is a great place for additional identifying information. It may also be used for the department address, phone number, mag stripe, or a barcode.
We include B&W printing on the back of the ID cards for FREE.

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Police ID Security: Back of ID

Rest Assured

You can rest assured that we have what your department needs to implement the best ID card program possible. As a premier police ID maker, we take security very seriously. And, we will work with you to make sure your police or fire ID cards cannot be forged or replicated.

Your FD ID card, Police ID, or emergency service badge will look professional. It will be durable, able to handle the rigors of constant use. And your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

Standardization Means Security

We recommend that you make the security features on your police ID cards readily available to the public. There should be no question of an ID card’s validity when sworn personnel present them to civilians.

We take great pride in producing identification cards which are not easily forged. Your ID badges will be the same size as a driver’s license and made of extremely durable PVC plastic. We’ll be happy to send you a sample ID card so that you may see for yourself.

Streamlined Process

Once you approve your free template design, easily add employee information online. Enter employees individually or as a spreadsheet. Our online app is simple, safe, and secure.

Cards are ordered online via our same-day service. A template means that you know exactly what you’re getting—every time—regardless of who orders the ID card. Have a look at some of our video tutorials to see the process in action.

ID Cards built for Extreme Durability

All ID cards are printed on extremely durable PVC plastic, using High-Definition thermal-retransfer technology. Your employee ID badges should hold up to rigorous, everyday use, while looking great. The addition of a holographic overlay increases durability and scratch-resistance even more.

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