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Fargo DTC550 Single-Sided ID Printer

Key Features
  • Full-color, direct-to-card printing
  • Ethernet port for secure network operation
  • Handles high-volume applications
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 ID Card Printer

The Fargo DTC550 is a versatile ID card printer that’s ideal for organizations operating in a networked environment. It features a built-in Ethernet port and internal print server so it can be placed anywhere on a LAN, and provides remote access to authorized users at multiple locations. Along with network connectivity, the DTC550 delivers the high-quality, professional ID cards users have come to expect from Fargo’s reliable product line. The DTC550 prints edge-to-edge in full-color, and is built to handle high-volume print jobs, making it well-suited for demanding, high-volume applications.

Whether you’re printing basic photo IDs, or more sophisticated technology cards, the Fargo DTC550 is up to the task. The printer can be upgraded to include such options as dual-sided printing and lamination, and magnetic stripe, proximity, and smart card encoding.

Operating the DTC550 is easy thanks to convenient features like the SmartScreen LCD control panel which guides the user step-by-step through the printing process, while also displaying status messages and prompts. The printer is equipped with dual card hoppers for high-volume printing, or for simultaneously printing two different types of cards.

This is an extremely flexible and powerful ID printing solution, perfect for educational institutions, corporations, health facilities, government agencies, membership and loyalty programs, and much more.

Product Features

DTC550 Features

  • Direct-to-card, full-color printing
  • Ethernet port and internal printer server
  • Secure network operation
  • Dual card hopper
  • Fast print speeds
  • Handles high-volume applications
  • Options for dual-sided printing, lamination, and encoding technologies

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.