Collection: Rigid Badge Holders

While any type of badge holder is a great idea to help keep your ID cards, passcards, and other carry-along documents safe and convenient, choosing a rigid holder gives you some key advantages over soft side flexible styles. Rigid holders offer you additional protection for the cards, are easier to accommodate thicker or heavier cards and give you better protection of data skimming for smart cards.

Why Choose Rigid Badge Holders For Your ID?

At Specialist Id, we offer many types of id badge holders that generally fall under two categories: flexible and rigid. Some identification and access cards can be made of rigid materials that forego the need to use badge holders; some magnetic key cards are made with very durable materials that can support a slot so that they can be clipped to a lanyard or retractable reel, but most companies and event organizers prefer the convenience of reusable badge holders.

For the most part, rigid badge holders offer greater protection of identification documents and access cards. They are ideal when you need to turn a flimsy document into an identification card that needs to be displayed at all times. If the badge itself is made of durable material, you can go with clear and flexible vinyl holders; however, when cards have specialized purposes such as integrated circuits, chips, and near-field communications (NFC) functionality, you will want to protect them with sturdier holders.

Types Of ID Card Holders

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular styles that we carry and why they might be a great fit for your needs.

Heavy-Duty ID Card Holder

When it comes to rugged badge holders that can withstand work conditions such as construction sites and the outdoors, you want products lovingly made in the USA. One of our best heavy-duty badge holders is the Ek USA black lanyard with a dual-sided smart card holder (10942). This rigid badge holder is truly built to last, and it is often used by security guards, law enforcement agents, paramedics, custodians, and manufacturing plant supervisors. The 22-inch lanyard of this rigid badge holder is a thick nylon rope that features an adjustable clinch. As you can imagine, this is the kind of badge holder designed with safety in mind, which is why it features a breakaway mechanism in order to prevent pulling or choking hazards.

Hard Plastic Open Face ID Card Holder

The most popular unit that we carry in the open face style is the Rigid Open-Faced 2 Card Holder – Optional Vertical or Horizontal (P/N AH-150). This great rigid badge holder carries two cards back to back so that they can be easily used when needed. Perfect for an ID card and Pass Card combination. This unit does not block RFID so NFC passcards work perfectly. You can pair this item with a neck lanyard and a retractable reel for the ultimate in convenience. This great holder comes in 4 colors. One of the best things about open face rigid style badge holders is the convenience of being able to have both of your cards visible and usable when you need them. If you often use cards with bar codes or did embedded chips in them to access NFC enabled doors, terminals, or vehicles then an open face cardholder is the best choice since RFID blocking style devices would prevent you from being able to really do so. For those who need to have access to their cards constantly, without a doubt the open face option is the best choice.

RFID-Blocking ID Card Holder

This great holder is the perfect alternative to the one mentioned above if you need the extra security of RFID blocking. Just remember that you will need to remove your NFC enabled cards from the holder to use them to access readers. Our most popular RFID blocker is the Rigid Shielded RFID Blocking 2-Card Holder (FIPS 201 Approved) 1840-5081. This holder has a non-frosted case that holds two cards back to face for convenient use. The multiple options for attachments make it a perfect pair for any of our lanyards or badge holders.

If your organization or event needs to comply with the badge specifications set forth by the federal information processing standard publication 201, you should know that nine of our rigid badge holders feature this compliance. One of our most coveted fips 201 products is the idsh1004-001b-002 identity stronghold secure badge holder classic. This is more than just a hard plastic cardholder; its ergonomic design allows the badge or card to be displayed and presented by simply squeezing the secure tabs at the top of the encasing with just one hand. Similar to other fips 201 holders, this one is made of materials that block RFID chips in order to prevent them from being read accidentally or without authorization.

Now that you have a basic idea of what we offer in terms of rigid badge holders, we invite you to take a look around the site to explore our full inventory. Once you are ready to order, or if you have any questions or concerns while selecting your products, please feel free to contact us by using our online chat system. The badge product experts at Specialist ID are standing by ready to assist you in any way they can with product selection, shipping concerns, and order processing. Here at Specialist ID, we love to help organizations and businesses choose the most ideal ID card and badge solutions.