Direct-To-Card (DTC) printers are the most common type of ID card printers. As the name implies, images are printed directly on the card surface. They can be used in a variety of markets such as the retail and hotel industries and many other sectors that have card issuance programs. These printers are very reliable and are more cost-effective to purchase. Printers can be upgraded with various technology modules such as magnetic stripe encoders, contact chip and contactless encoders. A lamination module can be added inline to provide an extra layer of surface protection.