Direct-To-Card (DTC) or ID Card 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.