How School IDs Help Create Lasting Security for Students


Introduction of plastic identification (ID) cards has become increasingly popular within the past few decades. From hospitals to schools, multiple establishment have decided to implement plastic ID cards in order to maintain the safety, secure entry, and track individuals' presence within certain premises.

While ID cards have been the foundation of personal identification and security since the 1980s, in recent years plastic cards have become more accessible due to advancing and more budget friendly technology. It is becoming more popular for schools to introduce plastic ID cards for all staff and students in order to provide identification to those on the premises and entrance to various secure doors, among other benefits.

Plastic Cards

The use of plastic card ID's for schools offers multiple benefits for both the institution and their students and staff members. Here are some of the advantages of introducing a plastic card ID for your school:

  • Secure Access: Plastic cards give schools an option to control who has access to certain premises and rooms. Schools can further advance their security levels and authenticate students and staff members with a signature, a PIN, and/or a number.
  • Convenient Tracking System: Plastic cards serve as a great way to track attendance, homework and club activities. Schools can use this mechanism to easily track attendance during school days and club meetings, as well as record payments for field trips and library books.
  • Cost Efficiency: Plastic cards create a new level of convenience by turning multiple tasks into one, as they can store all relevant information for their cardholders. Printed IDs can become costly compared to the cost of a plastic ID and they must be replaced annually.

Recently, multiple schools from around the world have implemented plastic ID cards and have greatly reaped the benefits of introducing plastic cards as an advancement in their everyday security. Here are a few examples:

Redeemer International School, located in Tokyo, started requiring that every student and staff member carry a plastic card in order to enter the premises. In addition to providing secure access and tracking who enters the premises, the card makes for a long-term investment as they can be reused every year.

The Leeds City College decided to move away from the common paper card ID and introduce durable plastic card IDs. With the plastic cards, they achieved a more efficient card issuing process that allowed them to enroll new students in the matter of minutes. In addition, they are now able to track attendance and easily manage their devices.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about plastic card IDs for schools:

  • Q: What kind of information can be included on the plastic card IDs?
  • A: The information will vary from school to school. Generally, the card include the cardholder's name, contact information, photo, and program of study (if applicable).
  • Q: Are plastic cards water resistant?
  • A: Yes, most plastic cards are made of PVC and the technology used to securely seal the information within the chip makes the cards water resistant.
  • Q: What is the lifespan of a plastic card?
  • A: The lifespan of plastic cards vary from one card to another. However, the average lifespan of a plastic card is three years, with five years or more for advanced technology cards.


To conclude, plastic card IDs offer numerous benefits to schools, their staff, and their students. From secure access to tracking attendance, they can help improve everyday processes while also providing a more durable identification for its cardholders. Implementing and replacing traditional IDs with plastic cards is a sure way to gain these benefits, as they are becoming increasingly more accessible and budget friendly.