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£699.00 ex. VAT

£838.80; inc.VAT

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The best-looking cards you’ll ever print

  • Professional quality printing
  • Value for money, without compromising on quality
  • Unrivalled 5-year manufacturer warranty
  • 3-year printhead warranty

The IDP Smart 31 inherits and improves on the most successful elements of its predecessor, the Smart 30, to solve all of your ID card printer concerns. It’s a printer that’ll take you from beginner to professional in no time. Offering high-resolution printing and custom watermark features, the Smart 31 is easy to use and comes at a budget-friendly price point with no compromise to quality. Printing photo-like images onto ID cards has never been easier.

Manufacturer Part Number: Single-Sided: 651459 / Dual-Sided: 651460

Included with this printer is a free version of EasyBadge Lite card design software. The software is limited to 100 records and is not MacOS compatible. If you require Mac-compatible design software, we recommend using cardPresso.

  • IDP Smart 31 ID Card Printer
  • Printer Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Install Disk & Quick Setup Guide
  • Ribbon Cartridge

Please note that no ribbon or blank plastic cards are supplied with the printer.

IDP Smart 31 – Go from beginner to professional in no time.

The low maintenance card printer does all the hard work for you, delivering stunning results on every printed card.

This card printer comes with an unrivalled 5-year manufacturer warranty and is ideal for printing secure photo ID cards at a low budget.

“This machine is a perfect solution for those looking to print secure ID cards at a low budget, without compromising on quality.”
“The IDP Smart 31 provides a low-cost card printing solution to any sized business.”
“The Smart 31 is reliable, easy to use and delivers a high-quality photo ID card every time.”

Key Printer Features

Is the Smart 31 right for you?

The IDP Smart 31 is a direct-to-card (DTC) printer, ideal for those looking to print a simple card design onto blank plastic cards, not access control cards. The Smart 31 is for printing lower print volumes, so if you require cards in small quantities i.e. less than 100, the Smart 31 is ideal. If you need to print onto access control cards or have a more complex card design containing blocks of colours, you will need a retransfer printer.

Crystal-clear images. Every time.

The Smart 31 uses IDP’s FINE™ Imaging Technology to give you fine images every single time. Easily print high-resolution images, vibrant colours and sharp text and barcodes on every card. The Smart 31 does all the hard work for you, giving every printed card a professional look and feel.

Up & running in minutes.

The Smart 31 is incredibly easy to use, and everything you need to get set up comes in the box. Following the quick start guide will have you up and running in minutes, making the Smart 31 ideal as an entry-level printer.

Relax with clone-proof cards.

Security’s high on the agenda for the Smart 31. Use UV ink printing to add an image to cards that is only visible under UV light. Or add a customised SmartMark watermark with a choice of text, pictures or brand logos available. Added to the card's transparent overlay, this advanced card security feature provides a layer of visual security, so there’s no need to worry about cards being cloned.

No software? We’ll take care of that.

Receive EasyBadge Lite design software for free when you buy an IDP Smart 31 printer through Digital ID. It’s the best software on the market and even creates a sample design for you, making it ideal for professional-looking cards. Please be aware that the EasyBadge card design software included is only compatible with Microsoft Windows and is limited to 100 records.

Pick a card, any card.

The Smart 31 prints onto CR80 (credit-card sized) plastic cards, commonly used for student and staff ID. Easily print on biodegradable PVC, PVC ISO blank cards and paper-based cards. The only card we wouldn’t advise you use is an access control card as these cards contain a raised chip. Printing over this chip with a direct-to-card printer can cause a blemish to your print, leading to high re-issuance costs.

Flexible & portable.

Compact and sleek, not only is the Smart 31 ideal for the office, but its lightweight design makes it easy to move the printer around. So, if you need to issue ID cards at multiple sites or even at an event, this is the printer for you.

Print & issue in seconds.

Press print and watch your card come to life within seconds. It takes a maximum of 23 seconds to print a single-sided card and 29 seconds for a dual-sided card (using a YMCKO ribbon). Rewrite print speed is just 12 seconds, making card issuance quicker than ever.


The Smart 31 is compatible for use with Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS and Linux. As an entry-level printer, its default connectivity is USB. Ethernet connection is available as an upgrade.

Unmatched support.

IDP are so confident in their product range that they offer an unmatched 5-year warranty on their IDP Smart 31 & 51 printers. They are the only printer manufacturer to offer such a warranty, beating competitors by a minimum of 2 years.

(Printheads are only covered for 3 years by the manufacturer’s warranty).

IDP Smart 31 – Common FAQs

Q: Can the Smart 31 print onto access control cards?

A: We don’t recommend printing onto access control cards with the Smart 31 as it is a direct-to-card printer. If you need to print onto access control cards, you will need a retransfer printer.

Q: Can the IDP Smart 31 print on both sides of the card?

A: The IDP Smart 31 ID card printer is available in both single and dual-sided models. If you require dual-sided printing, you will require a dual-sided printer.

Q: Are plastic cards and printer ribbons included?

A: Unfortunately not. All consumables are sold separately.

Q: How do I connect the IDP Smart 31 printer to my computer?

A: You can easily connect the IDP Smart 31 to your computer with the USB cable provided. Ethernet connectivity is available as an upgrade.

Q: Does the Smart 31 support rewritable printing?

A: The single-sided version of the Smart 31 offers a rewritable module as an upgrade, making it easy to reuse temporary cards and lower costs.

Q: How does rewritable printing work?

A: Rewrite technology uses heat to erase the information on the card surface and replace it with new information. This is ideal for cards that need updating regularly, such as temporary cards or visitor badges.

Q: Does the Smart 31 support over-the-edge printing?

A: As a direct-to-card printer, the IDP Smart 31 does not print right up to the sharp edge of a card, as doing so could damage the printhead. Therefore, a plain border is left around the sides of the card surface, to prolong the printer’s lifespan.

Expert Verdict

Due to its ease of use, reliability, and increased print speed, we’re awarding the IDP Smart 31 ID card printer five stars out of five.

The IDP Smart 31 provides a low-cost card printing solution to businesses printing low volumes of cards. The card printer has taken the most loved elements from its predecessor, the Smart 30, and dramatically improved on them to make printing ID cards easier than ever before.

The Smart 31 is an ideal solution for those looking to print secure ID cards at a low budget, without compromising on quality.

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