Rewritable Technology

Rewritable Technology ID Card PrintingBring advanced technologies to your personalized ID cards! Rewritable technology in ID card printing does not use regular ID card printer ribbons in order to create personalize ID cards.

Rewritable ID cards contain a clear thermochromatic material that becomes visible, or vanishes, according to applied temperatures. This heat-sensitive material is applied as a plastic layer over a substrate (most commonly PVC for 30 mil ID cards or PET for 10 mil ID cards), which turns visible when heated to a temperature of 356° F (180° C) and then rapidly cooled. When lower temperatures are applied in the 230-320° F (110-160° C) range, color patterns on a rewritable ID card are erased, so that the same plastic ID card can be reused and reprinted on, up to 500 times!

Rewritable ID cards work great for applications where a cardholder’s data changes often, or for re-using already printed ID cards. Rewritable ID cards can be updated as frequently as desired, up to 500 times, making it possible to re-issue them to new cardholders once they have been rewritten. Rewritable technology eliminates the costs incurred by traditional ID card printing, which require the use of brand new ID cards and printer ribbons. The revolutionary rewritable ID card printing technology requires no ribbons, translating into valuable savings for your organization! Rewritable ID card printing is also an eco-friendly approach as there is no need to throw away used ID cards every time they need to be updated. With Rewritable Technology, simply erase and reprint the same ID cards over and over!

Rewritable ID cards are perfect for making Loyalty ID Cards, as you can update the status of a customer’s loyalty points and add personalized promotions as well as special offers directly to the customer’s ID card. They are also great for reprinting Visitor ID Badges, which are often only used once. Simply rewrite them with the new user name, company name and visit date. For Holiday and Ski Resorts re-use ID badges that are reprinted with new name, photo, barcode and date valid, and use the same Student ID Card for a student’s entire enrollment at a school! Every year, semester or quarter update the student’s ID card with their current information, as needed. Rewritable Technology can also be used as a cutting -edge marketing tool when customizing plastic ID cards on the spot.


  • Cost-effective, no ribbon purchase necessary and cards can be reused up to 500 times.
  • Cutting-edge marketing tool, enhances performance of multilevel marketing programs, and latest promotional offers can be printed on plastic ID cards in a snap.
  • Quick update feature, data can be edited on the spot, whenever needed.
  • Multiple applications, suitable for magnetic stripe and contactless applications.

Applications for rewritable ID cards are numerous and growing rapidly. They work great for:

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!


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