In the ever-evolving landscape of identification and security, trends and practices are constantly shifting to adapt to new technologies and the changing landscape of digital commerce. A long-standing tradition of enhancing the authenticity and security of ID and membership cards has been the inclusion of a signature strip. However, recent trends suggest that we may be on the cusp of a significant shift, with the use of signatures on ID cards increasingly being viewed as obsolete and outdated.

The Debate Around Signature Strips

For years, countless clients have requested signature strips on their ID and membership cards, believing that this feature enhances the card’s security and authenticity. We at InstantCard respect our clients’ preferences and continue to deliver cards with signature strips for those who request them. However, it’s crucial to examine the effectiveness and relevance of signatures as a means of identity verification in today’s fast-paced digital age.

The End of the Credit Card Signature Era

One of the most striking indications of this shift is the recent decision by the banking industry to remove signature strips from the backs of credit cards. As highlighted in this Forbes Magazine article, “Say Goodbye to the Credit Card Signature,” the industry that’s arguably most concerned with fraud has decided that signatures no longer offer enhanced security. This decision has significant implications. If an industry synonymous with strict security measures no longer sees the value in signature-based verification, what does it mean for other sectors?

Signatures in the Digital Age

Think about it: when was the last time a cashier checked your signature when you made a purchase at a store? How does signature verification work when you make a purchase online? In both cases, the answer is clear: signatures play an increasingly diminished role. As our world becomes more digital and remote, the limitations of signatures as a security measure become increasingly apparent.

The Future of ID and Membership Cards

While we will continue to support customers who wish to have employees sign their cards for “security” reasons, we expect the number of such clients to decrease significantly in the coming months and years. As we move forward, we anticipate seeing a significant shift away from signature strips towards more modern, reliable, and secure means of identity verification. This shift will reflect the changing nature of security in the digital age and align better with modern security protocols.

The question isn’t if the era of signatures on ID cards is ending, but rather when and how quickly this transition will take place. As providers of ID and membership cards, we are committed to staying at the forefront of these developments, ensuring that our clients receive products that are not only in line with their preferences but also reflective of best practices in security and identification.


In conclusion, the signature strip on ID and membership cards is gradually becoming a relic of the past. While we’re not there yet, the signs are clear that we’re moving towards a future where signatures are no longer viewed as an effective or necessary means of identity verification. At InstantCard, we remain committed to meeting our clients’ needs while also staying ahead of industry trends to offer the most secure and effective identification solutions.