FARGO® HDP8500 Industrial & Government

ID Card Printer & Encoder




Government-to-citizen IDs:

  • Driver Licenses
  • National IDs
  • Border crossing cards
  • Voter registration

Service bureau ID production

University student ID/payment cards



Printing And Encoding Solutions

The FARGO HDP8500 industrial ID card printer and encoder is the superior industrial ID printer for extended-run, high throughput ID personalization and issuance. It's especially suited for large government ID card programs and laborious service bureau conditions, as well as demanding university and large enterprise environments.

Solid metal cabinetry and precision-engineered interior components create a stable printer environment that operates reliably over continuous runs. In fact, the HDP8500 industrial card printer and encoder is loaded with features that maximize card yield per shift: multi-card processing capabilities, 400-card input hopper capacity, accessible card path and graphical touch screen interface, and built-in physical and electronic security features. These features are all designed to ensure continuous production, even in the most demanding environments. Combined with the included FARGO Workbench diagnostic utility facilitates printer maintenance. Its Color Assist tool matches spot colors, ensuring accurate prints of graphics such as company logos.

The ID Card Printer and Encoder is the heart of the FARGO HDP8500 Industrial Series Personalization System. Combine it with the interoperable Lamination module and the all-new HDP8500LE Laser Engraver to enable the seamless integration of ID card printing, encoding, laser engraving and laminating into one machine, empowering card-issuing organizations to efficiently, reliably and securely produce multi-layered, secure credentials in a single pass through the system. Optionally available, High Durable HDP can be used to create even more robust and durable credentials.

For high duty-cycle performance, the FARGO HDP8500 Industrial ID Card Printer and Encoder delivers:

  • System reliability over continuous runs
  • High-volume card throughput for maximum yields per shift
  • Operational convenience to optimize uptime
  • Issuance security that meets industry standards


Print Method: HDP dye-sublimation / resin thermal transfer

Print Platform: Standard, dual-sided printing

Resolution: 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)

Colors: Up to 16.7 million/256 shades per pixel

Print Speed (batch mode): 

  • Up to 1200 cards per shift/24 seconds per card (YMC with transfer)
  • Up to 992 cards per shift/29 seconds per card (YMCK with transfer)
  • Up to 720 cards per shift/40 seconds per card (YMCKK with transfer)

Accepted Card Sizes: CR-80 (3.370" L x 2.125" W/85.6 mm L x 54 mm W)

Accepted Card Thickness: .030" (30 mil) to .050" (50 mil)/.762 mm to 1.27 mm

Dual Input Card Hoppers: (2) 200-card hoppers; Total capacity 400 cards

Output Hopper Card Capacity: (1) 200-card hopper

Software Drivers:

  • Windows® XP/Server 2003/Vista (32 & 64 bit)/Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)/7 (32 & 64 bit); 
  • Mac OS X v10.4/v10.5; and Linux***

Print Area: Over-the-edge on CR-80 cards

Field-upgradeable Options:

  • Laser Engraving
  • Card Lamination Module - dual-sided (simultaneous)
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • Smart card encoding (contact/contactless)
  • Custom secure holographic HDP Film and overlaminate
  • Secure proprietary consumables system
  • Andon production status light
  • iCLASS® programming platform kit
  • ISO Card Flattener
  • High Durable HDP Film for enhanced card durability
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