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Fargo DTC4500 Direct-to-Card ID Card Printer

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Fargo DTC4500 Overview

  • Printing Capability: Single-sided
  • Print Technology: Dye sublimation
  • Print Speed: Full color single-sided cards in 24 seconds, monochrome in 7
  • Input/Output Hopper: 200/100
  • Warranty: 2 years

The single-sided Fargo DTC4500 card printer is a true workhorse. Designed for high-volume, high-security applications, this printer offers reliable performance under the heaviest workloads. The DTC4500 boasts a powerful print engine and comes standard with a dual-input card hopper for increased card capacity. You can even print multiple card types at the same time.

Powerful ID Card Printing

The Fargo DTC4500 comes with Ethernet connectivity. This allows you to setup the printer just like you would any other network device. Multiple users can then access the machine remotely from various network locations, making it perfect for those operating in large networked environments.

As for print quality, the Fargo DTC4500 ranks at the top of the list when it comes to direct-to-card printer models. The DTC4500 produces vivid photos, accurate colors, and sharp black text and barcodes. It's the perfect solution for large runs of student IDs, employee badges, loyalty and membership cards, high-security government badges and more.

Flexibility for Your Growing Organization

With several in-field upgrade options, your printer can adapt with you should your card program grow or change down the road. A variety of encoding and lamination options are available at the point of purchase, or as in-field upgrades down the road.

Upgrade modules are available for dual-sided printing, single or dual-sided lamination, and a variety of encoding technologies. The magnetic stripe encoder, for instance, gives you the ability to produce multifunctional cards for such applications as access control, time and attendance tracking, check-in/checkout processes and more.

Printer Options & Upgrades

The DTC4500 is available with the following options:

  • Dual-sided printing
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • Lamination
  • Same-sided input/output hopper

DTC4500 Printer Warranty

The Fargo DTC4500 ID card printer comes with a two year warranty covering the printer and printhead.

Everything You Need in One Box

ID card printer, software, ribbon, cards, camera and a cleaning kit

All of our complete ID card systems come with the printer, software, and supplies you need to successfully start an ID card program right out of the box.

AlphaCard ID Suite Software

With AlphaCard ID Suite you can design, print, and manage ID cards and badges for any professional application. From basic photo IDs to multifunctional ID badges, you can do it all with AlphaCard ID Suite

Software Features:
  • Customizable record layouts for easy navigation
  • Advanced card design tools
  • Built-in database & options to import a database
  • Encode barcodes, magnetic stripe cards & more
Technical Specs

Fargo DTC4500 Direct-to-Card

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Printer Coverage
Loaner Coverage
Printhead Coverage
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
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Available Encoding Options
Available Factory Options
Available Field Upgrades
Visual Security Features
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
OS Compatibility
Windows XP
Windows Vista - 32 bit
Windows Vista - 64 bit
Windows 7 - 32 bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
Windows 8 - 32 bit
Windows 8 - 64 bit
Windows 2000
Mac Compatible
Physical Specs
9.8? H x 18.1? W x 9.2? D / 249 mm H x 460 mm W x 234 mm
Available MPNs

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Select printers include one full year of TrueSupport for free!

Upgrade to TrueSupport for world class, full service technical support. You'll get direct access to our professionally trained technical support experts who have years of experience working with customers just like you. Whether you are setting up an ID card system for the first time, or you need help with troubleshooting, our friendly experts will get you on track quickly.


You can talk directly to our dedicated support team on the phone. On top of our complimentary lifetime email support (1-3 day turnaround) and 30-day setup over the phone, TrueSupport coverage plans will include troubleshooting and technical support via phone and hands-on help via remote desktop assistance during your subscription period from the best technical experts in the industry.


As a TrueSupport subscriber, you'll receive a complimentary cleaning kit and remote printer check-up annually through the duration of your subscription. Through these preventative services, potential future obstacles that could interrupt daily business operations can be avoided.


Within your TrueSupport coverage period, our technical support experts are standing by to offer remote phone support. If your ID card printer requires service, we'll provide a loaner machine to keep your business running while we repair your printer.


Get one hour of training every year to maximize every feature of your investment, or just brush-up on the basics. We want to help you do your job easier!


Options to extend your TrueSupport coverage are available. Call us now for pricing and enrollment (877) 907-9834.

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