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Fargo DTC550 Single-Sided ID Printer with Lamination

Key Features
  • Single-sided color printing
  • Built-in lamination
  • Realistic, sharp images
  • Suitable for large-volume print jobs
Buying Guide

How many cards will you likely print in the first year?

  • 100 or less
  • 101 to 500
  • 501 or more
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Fargo DTC550 Single-Sided ID Card Printer with Lamination

Flexible, sturdy and secure, the one-sided, full-color DTC550 was designed with your growing organization in mind. This powerful card printer generates large volumes of photo-quality cards quickly, making it ideal for high-security applications from driver's licenses to facility access cards. Print a variety of different types of cards for multiple purposes with one or more optional encoding units, or print a multipurpose card that works with your building access and employee attendance systems. And because printing, encoding and laminating take place in a single pass, your cards will be ready faster--especially since the DTC550's two 100-card capacity input hoppers give you twice the input power of comparably priced card printers.

This model of the DTC550 comes with a lamination unit already installed so that your cards will be sturdier and more resistant to tampering. You may also use holographic overlaminate in a standard or custom design for authenticity verification at a glance. Plus, the lamination module contains a reject card hopper so that you'll never distribute improperly encoded cards. If you wish, take advantage of Ethernet networking so that any authorized user on your LAN may print from a remote location.

Encoding options for the DTC550 include magnetic stripes, contact smart cards, and proximity cards. And since every encoder is field-installable, that means your printer can grow along with your business. If you're concerned about keeping your cards safe, you may purchase a card input hopper lock and keep it empty so that only you may authorize printing. When you need a secure, high-volume printer with options, trust the DTC550.

Product Features

Fargo DTC550 Single-Sided ID Card Printer with Lamination

  • Print speed 34 seconds for every laminated color card
  • Dual card input hoppers hold 100 cards each
  • Optional Ethernet networking
  • Reject card hopper weeds out faulty or misprinted cards
  • SmartScreen LCD control panel offers helpful prompts and messages

System Requirements

General Print & Card Specifications

  • Dye-Sublimation / Resin Thermal Transfer print method
  • 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) image resolution
  • Up to 16.7 million colors / 256 shades per pixel
  • Edge-to-edge printing
  • Input hopper card capacity: Dual hoppers, 100 cards each (.030" / .762mm)
  • Output hopper card capacity: 100 cards (.030" / .762mm)
  • Uses removable card cleaning cartridge with replaceable cleaning roller
  • Accepted standard card sizes CR-80 (3.370"L x 2.125"W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW) and CR-79 Adhesive Back (3.313"L x 2.063"W / 84.1mmL x 52.4mmW)

Print Ribbon Options

  • Full-color with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCKOK*, 400 prints
  • Full-color with two resin black panels, no overlay panel, YMCKK*, 500 prints
  • Full-color with fluorescing, resin black and overlay panel, YMCFKO*, 400 prints
  • Full-color with fluorescing, two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCFKOK*, 350 prints
  • Resin black (3,000 prints); green, blue, red, white, silver and gold (1,000 prints)
  • Resin black and overlay panel, KO*, 1,500 prints

Overlaminate Options

  • All overlaminates available in clear, standard holographic design or custom high secure or secure holographic design
  • Thermal Transfer Overlaminate, .25 mil thick
  • PolyGuard Overlaminate, 1.0 mil and .6 mil thick
  • PolyGuard available in a CR-80 patch size

Print Speed** (in batch mode)

  • 7 seconds per card / 514 cards per hour (K)*
  • 12 seconds per card / 300 cards per hour (KO)*
  • 27 seconds per card / 144 cards per hour (YMCKO)*
  • 36 seconds per card / 109 cards per hour (YMCKOK)*
  • 34 seconds per card / 102 cards per hour (YMCKK/lamination)*

Accepted Card Thicknesses and Types

  • Print only: .020" (20 mil) to .050" (50 mil) / .508mm to 1.27mm (single-sided printing only for 50 mil cards)
  • Print/Lamination: .030" (30 mil) to .040" (40 mil) / .762mm to 1.02mm
  • PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish (monochrome resin required for 100% polyester cards)
  • Optical memory cards with PVC finish

Other Printer Specifications

  • 16 MB RAM memory
  • User-friendly, SmartScreen™ LCD Control Panel display
  • Additional LED display on optional lamination module
  • Windows® 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista software drivers
  • USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 compatible) interface


  • Dual-sided printing
  • ISO magnetic stripe encoding, triple coercivity, Lo-Co 300, Hi-Co 2750, Hi-Co 4000, on tracks 1, 2, and 3
  • Contact smart card docking station
  • Contactless smart card encoder (HID® iCLASS®, MIFARE® and MIFARE DESFire)
  • 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
  • Proximity card encoder (HID read-only)
  • Card lamination module
  • Card hopper lock
  • Printer cleaning kit
  • 10BASE-T Ethernet with internal print server

Warranty Information

  • Printer: Two years including one year of free printer loaner support (U.S. only); optional Extended Warranty Program (U.S. only)
  • Printhead: Two years, unlimited pass with UltraCard™ Cards

Fargo Secure Materials: Fargo Card Printer/Encoders require highly specialized media to function properly. To maximize printed card quality and durability, printhead life and printer/encoder reliability, use only Fargo Secure Materials. Fargo warranties are void, where not prohibited by law, when non-Fargo Secure Materials are used.


  • Operating Temperature: 65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C
  • Humidity: 20-80% non-condensing


  • DTC550 10.75"H x 18.5"W x 11"D / 273mmH x 470mmW x 279mmD
  • DTC550 + Lam 10.75"H x 30.5"W x 11"D / 273mmH x 775mmW x 279mmD
  • Lam Module 10.25"H x 30"W x 11"D / 260mmH x 762mmW x 279mmD


  • DTC550 20 lbs. / 9.1 kg
  • DTC550 + Lam 39 lbs. / 17.7 kg
  • Lam Module 19 lbs. / 8.6 kg

Agency Listings

  • Safety: UL 60950-1, CSA C22.2 (60950-1) and CE
  • EMC: FCC Class A, CRC c1374, CE (EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024, ENG 1000-3-2, ENG 1000-3-3)
  • Supply Voltage: 100-240 VAC, 3.3A
  • Supply Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz

*Indicates the ribbon type and the number of ribbon panels printed where Y=Yellow, M=Magenta, C=Cyan, K=Resin Black, O=Overlay, F=Fluorescing

**Print speed indicates an approximate print speed and is measured from the time a card drops into the output hopper to the time the next card drops into the output hopper. Print speeds do not include encoding time or the time needed for the PC to process the image. Process time is dependent on the size of the file, the CPU, amount of RAM and the amount of available resources at the time of the print.