Fargo DTC1250e ID Card Printer

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Fargo DTC1250e by HID Global is an affordable card printer that is great for small businesses, schools and local governments. DTC1250e is Energy-Star Rated and features EZ ribbon cartridges with built-in card cleaning roller, an intuitive interface and tons of customizable printer & encoding options, including single or dual-sided versions, so you can customize it to meet your card print needs

Fargo DTC1250e offers an easy and affordable card printer solution for small businesses, schools, and local governments. With the fastest card print speeds in its class, DTC1250e saves you time and money.

Its small, compact footprintmakes it easy to use in a variety of office environments and can be easily upgraded to meet your needs single or double sided printing, magnetic stripe encoding or Ethernet connectivity. Fargo even offers an optional Wi-Fi accessory (for Ethernet printers only) that can clip to your DTC1250e, so you dont need to be encumbered by a tangle of cords.

One of the best features of Fargos DTC1250e is that it is so easy to use. The DTC1250e also features an intuitive, user-focused SmartScreen graphical display, enabling efficient set-up, operation and maintenance of your technology investment.

Backed by a global three-year warranty, Fargo DTC1250e offers these many features:


  • Fastest Print Speeds with High-Quality Output Minimize wait time while printing durable, great-looking ID badges and cards
  • Simple To Use Right Out of the Box Easily set-up, load and operate the DTC1250e using its intuitive user-focused design. Create ID cards right out of the box.
  • Wide Variety of Uses – Print on a variety of card thicknesses to create simple loyalty cards or photo IDs as thin as 9mm or high security access control badges as thick as 40 mm. DTC1250e even prints on CR79 Adhesive Back cards so you can customize your Clamshell proximity cards.
  • Affordable and Earth-Friendly Enjoy cost savings from the eco-friendly Energy Star Rating, as well as the DTC1250es erase and rewrite card feature, ideal for creating temporary ID cards, such as visitor badges.
  • Customizable to Fit Your Needs Choose single or dual-sided printing, magnetic encoding, and USB or Ethernet connectivity options in our online store. For more information on more complex coding options, contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012.
  • Print Anywhere, Anytime Add a Wi-Fi accessory for your Ethernet-enabled DTC1250e, so you can operate your DTC1250e wirelessly.
  • Control, Flexibility and Security Integrate the optional iCLASS SE encoder, allowing you to create, encode (read/write) and manage secure ID credentials from start-to-finish. Contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 for more details.


Make it Easy! Order Your DTC1250e as a Complete System
ID Card Group makes it simple for you to start your ID card program. Just order as a Complete System and you can easily begin producing professional-looking ID cards using your Fargo DTC1250e printer right away. The System includes:

  • Fargo DTC1250e Printer (any confirguation)
  • AlphaCard ID Suite Light software
  • 1 YMCKO Ribbon – 250 prints (4500)
  • 500 PVC Cards (ACS-8030PPWH-500)
  • 1 cleaning kit (86177)
  • Webcam
  • Lifetime AlphaCare support


ID Card Group is an authorized dealer of Fargo and HID Global products and can help you choose the best Fargo DTC1250e printer configuration for you. Contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 for additional help.

Did you know Fargo also manufactures a monochrome card printer? The DTC1000Me offers single-color card printing that renders clear photo images, bar codes and alphanumeric data on one side of a standard CR-80 or CR-79 plastic card. It offers a cost-effective card issuance option for organizations–such as casinos, financial services firms, small businesses and retailers–that want to print using one color on their ID badges, membership cards or loyalty cards. Fargo DTC1000Me also works great for producing low-cost temporary ID badges. Call an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 for more information or to order your Fargo DTC1000 monochrome printer today!

Fargo DTC1250e

Single-Sided Printer
Dual-Sided Printer
Discount ID Price
Single-Sided Printer
Dual-Sided Printer
Printer Coverage
3 years
Loaner Coverage
Printhead Coverage
3 years
Print Technology
Dye Sublimation
Re-Writable Printing
Card Capacity
Input Hopper
Output Hopper
Single Feed Mode
Print Speed
Full Color
16 seconds
6 seconds
Avg. Cost Per Card
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Max. Ribbon Yield
Single-Sided Color
Single-Sided Black
Accepted Card Sizes
Card Thickness
9-40 mil
FEATURES Call if options aren’t available online
Available Encoding Options
Contact Card
HID Prox
Magnetic Stripe
Available Factory Options
Dual Sided
Available Field Upgrades
Dual Sided
Visual Security Features
Printer Lock Options
Connection Type
Optional Ethernet
OS Compatibility
Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
Mac OSX 10.7 Lion
Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
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 10 – 32 bit
Windows 10 – 64 bit
Windows 2003 Server – 32 bit
Windows 2003 Server – 64 bit
Windows 2008 Server – 32 bit
Windows 2008 Server – 64 bit
Windows Server 2012
Mac Compatible
8.8˝H x 13.7˝W x 7.9˝D
13 lbs
Available MPNs

Fargo DTC1250e ID Card Printer Specifications

Most popular configurations:

50000 – Fargo DTC1250e with USB connectivity
50010 – Fargo DTC1250e with USB connectivity and Magnetic Stripe Encoding
50020 – Fargo DTC1250e with USB & Ethernet Connectivity
50030 – Fargo DTC1250e with USB & Ethernet connectivity and Magnetic Stripe Encoding
50100 – Dual-sided Fargo DTC1250e with USB connectivity
50110 – Dual-sided Fargo DTC1250e with USB connectivity and Magnetic Stripe Encoding
50120 – Dual-sided Fargo DTC12503 with USB & Ethernet Connectivity
50130 – Dual-sided Fargo DTC1250e with USB & Ethernet connectivity and Magnetic Stripe Encoding

Print Method: Dye-sublimation / resin thermal transfer
Resolution: 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone
Colors: Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades per pixel
Print Ribbon Options: Options include easy-to-use ribbon with disposable ribbon cartridge (EZ) and more economical and ecofriendly refill ribbon Contact an ID Expert at 877-868-0012 for more information on the Eco ribbons for cartridge (ECO).
Rewrite technology – No ribbon is required, just rewritable pvc cards
Print Speed: 6 seconds per card (K); 8 seconds per card (KO); 16 seconds per card (YMCKO); 24 seconds per card (YMCKOK)
Accepted Standard Card Sizes: CR-80 (3.375 L x 2.125W / 85.6 L x 54 mm W); CR-79 adhesive back (3.313 L x 2.063W / 84.1 L x 52.4 mm W)
Print Area: CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36 L x 2.11W / 85.3 L x 53.7 mm W); CR-79 (3.3 L x 2.04W / 83.8 L x 51.8 mm W)
Accepted Card Thickness: .009 – .040 / 9 mil – 40 mil / .229 mm – 1.016 mm
Accepted Card Types: PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish; monochrome resin required for100% polyester cards; optical memory cards with PVC finish; rewrite
Input Hopper Card Capacity: 100 cards (.030. / .762 mm)
Output Hopper Card Capacity: Up to 30 cards (.030. / .762 mm)
Card Cleaning: Card cleaning roller integrated into ribbon cartridge; cleaning roller is automatically replaced with each ribbon change
Memory: 32 MB RAM
Software Drivers: Windows XP / Vista (32 bit & 64 bit) / Server 2003 & 2008 / Windows 7 / Windows 8 (32 bit & 64 bit)/ MAC OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8 / Linux
Interface: USB 2.0, optional Ethernet with internal print server
Operating Temperature: 65 to 80 F / 18 to 27 C
Humidity: 2080% non-condensing
Single-sided printer: 8.8.H x 13.7.W x 7.9.D / 224 mm H x 348 mm W x 201 mm D
Dual-sided printer: 9.8.H x 18.7.W x 9.2.D / 249 mm H x 475 mm W x 234 mm D
Weight: Single-sided: 7.5 lbs / 3.4 Kg; Dual-sided: 10 lbs / 4.54 Kg
Agency Listings – Safety: UL 60950-2, CSA C22.2 (60950-07), and CE; EMC: FCC Class A, CE (EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024), CCC, BSMI, KC
Supply Voltage: 100-240Vac, 50-60Hz, 1.6 Amps max
Supply Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Warranty: Printer three years; printhead three years, unlimited pass with UltraCard
Encoding Options Contact an ID Expert for more information on DTC1250e encoding
Supported smart card and magnetic stripe technologies: 125 kHz (HID Prox) reader; 13.56 MHz (iCLASS Standard / SE / SR / Seos, MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, MIFARE DESFire, MIFARE DESFire EV1, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693) read/write encoder; 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; ISO magnetic stripe encoding, dual high- and low-coercivity, tracks 1, 2 and 3
Supported Access Control:
Credential Programming iCLASS Standard/SE/SR/Seos, MIFARE Classic, MIFARE DESFire EV1, HID Prox
Single wire Ethernet and USB 2.0 interface for inline printing and encoding (note: single wire Ethernet encoding is only available for iCLASS , MIFARE, and contact smart card encoding) – Ethernet-enabled printer supports wireless accessory; dual-sided printing module; smart card encoding modules (contact/contactless); magnetic stripe encoding module; printer cleaning kit; ethernet with internal print server; secure proprietary consumables system
Display: Color changing status buttons

Most Popular Fargo DTC1250e Printer Configurations:
Fargo 50000: Single-Sided DTC1250e printer
Fargo 50010: Single-Sided DTC1250e printer with Magnetic Encoder
Fargo 50020: Single-Sided DTC1250e printer USB/Ethernet
Fargo 50030: Single-Sided DTC1250e printer with Magnetic Encoder and USB/Ethernet
Fargo 50100: Dual-Sided DTC1250e printer
Fargo 50110: Dual-Sided DTC1250e printer with Magnetic Encoder
Fargo 50120: Dual-Sided DTC1250e printer USB/Ethernet
Fargo 50130: Dual-Sided DTC1250e printer with Magnetic Encoder and USB/Ethernet