Need Help? Call 866.348.1105

Browse Categories
New! Interactive Catalog

Follow Us

Card Tech ID Blog

Fargo DTC4250e Card Printer Data Sheet (Card Printing & Encoding)

The DTC4250e not only meets your current needs, it can also be scaled to meet future requirements with the following optional field upgradeable modules:

  • A Wi-Fi accessory for Ethernet-enabled printers , allowing you to print anywhere, anytime.
  • Choose from either the easy-to-use all-in-one ribbon cassette (EZ ribbons) or the more economical and eco-friendly refill ribbon (ECO ribbons) option.
  • An optional iCLASS SE encoder that enables your printer to be compatible with the HID secure identity ecosystem. This includes the ability to program the HID PACS data in the printer. The encoder provides an additional layer of security to your identity program by allowing for processing of Secure Identity Object (SIO) data, and enabling the printer to become a Trusted Identity Platform (TIP) endpoint.
  • A dual-sided printing module that enables you to add additional company or cardholder information and security features, such as duplicate photos and digital signature.
  • Optional same-side, input/output card hopper and movable SmartScreen graphical display allows the printer to fit into tight spaces.
  • Dual-input card hopper holds 200 cards for higher capacity printing and encoding.
  • Optional technology card encoders that allow you to easily migrate to contact and contactless smart card technologies (including but not limited to iCLASS SE or MIFARE) or simple mag stripe and prox cards as needed.


  • Highly versatile – Powerful printing in a modular, scalable design that simplifies equipment upgrades and migration to higher levels of security.
  • End-to-End Control, Flexibility and Security – The optional iCLASS SE encoder (part of the iCLASS SE open encoder platform) can be fully integrated into your printer, allowing you to create, encode (read/write) and manage your secure credentials from start-to-finish. Design personalized ID badges locally and then program them to work with your current physical access control system (PACS), streamlining your ordering, inventory management, and issuance processes.
  • Easy-to-use – Efficient set-up, loading and printing with all-in-one print ribbon and card cleaning cartridge (EZ), and SmartScree graphical display.
  • Enhanced protection – Standard printer password protection and fluorescent panel printing provide a cost-effective and dynamic means of increasing card security.
  • Earth friendly – ENERGY STAR certified for efficient energy consumption and eco-friendly (ECO) refill ribbons.

Designed for medium-sized businesses, schools and local government institutions seeking versatility in a convenient, professional and secure printer/encoder system, the DTC4250e is ideal for flexible, easy and reliable color printing and encoding of technology cards.

 The DTC4250e combines versatility with simplicity to easily print what you need including:
  • A sleek design with changeable footprint to accommodate office environments where space is at a premium.
  • SmartScreen graphical display with easy-to-follow prompts ensures you’ll always know printer status.
  • Eco-friendly erase and rewrite feature is ideal for creating temporary ID cards.
  • FARGO Workbench diagnostic utility facilitates printer maintenance. Its Color Assist tool matches spot colors, ensuring accurate prints of graphics such as company logos.
  • Fully compatible with Asure ID card personalization software for badge design, database management and technology card encoding, as well as EasyLobby Secure Visitor Management solutions.

The FARGO DTC4250e is built with Genuine HID technology and is fully interoperable with other products in the HID ecosystem, enabling organizations to leverage their existing technology investments. 


Print Method 

 Dye-sublimation / resin thermal transfer


 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone


 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 eco-friendly refill  ribbon for cartridge (ECO).

 Both EZ and ECO:

 Resin black (standard), 1000 prints

 EZ only:

 Full-color with resin black and overlay panel, YMCKO*, 250  prints

 Full-color half-panel with resin black and overlay panel,  YMCKO*, 350 prints

 Full-color with two resin black panels and overlay panel,  YMCKOK*, 200 prints

 Full-color with fluorescing, resin black and overlay panel,  YMCFKO*, 200 prints

 Full-color with fluorescing, two resin black panels and overlay  panel, YMCFKOK*, 175 prints

 Resin black and overlay panel, KO*, 500 prints

 Dye-sublimation black and overlay panel, BO*, 500 prints

 Resin green, blue, red, white, silver, gold, 1000 prints

 Resin silver and gold metallic, 500 prints

 Rewrite technology - no ribbon is required

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 2.125˝ W / 85.6 mm L x 54 mm W); CR-79  adhesive back (3.313˝ L x 2.063˝ W / 84.1 mm L x 52.4 mm  W)

Print Area 

 CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36˝ L x 2.11˝ W / 85.3 mm L x 53.7  mm W); CR-79 (3.3˝ L x 2.04˝ W / 83.8 mm L x 51.8 mm W)

Accepted Card Thickness 

 Print only: .009˝ - .040˝ / 9 mil - 40 mil / .229 mm - 1.016  mm; print: .030˝ - .040˝ / 30 mil - 40 mil / .762 mm - 1.02  mm

Accepted Card Types 

 PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish; monochrome  resin required for 100% polyester cards; optical memory cards  with PVC finish; rewrite

Input Hopper Card Capacity 

 Up to 100 cards (.030" / .762 mm)

Output Hopper Card Capacity 

 Up to 100 cards (.030˝ / .762 mm)

Reject Hopper Card Capacity 

 Up to 100 cards (.030˝ / .762 mm) - same-side input / output  card hopper

Card Cleaning 

 Card cleaning roller integrated into ribbon cartridge; cleaning  roller is automatically replaced with each ribbon change


 32 MB RAM

Software Drivers 

 Windows XP / Windows 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 (Available soon) / Linux***  (Available soon)


 USB 2.0 and Ethernet with internal print server

Operating Temperature 

 65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C


 20–80% non-condensing


 Single-sided printer: 9.8˝ H x 18.1˝ W x 9.2˝ D / 249 mm H x  460 mm W x 234 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


 Single-sided printer: 9lbs / 4.1 Kg; dual-sided printer: 11lbs /  5 Kg; printer

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

Environmental Features 

 ENERGY STAR qualified card printer (base models only without  encoders) and refillable supply cartridges (ECO)

Supply Voltage 

 100-240Vac, 50-60Hz, 1.6 Amps max

Supply Frequency 

 50 Hz / 60 Hz


 Printer – three years; printhead – three years, unlimited pass  with UltraCard

Encoding Options  

 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); dual-sided printing module; same-side  input/output  card hopper; smart card encoding modules  (contact/contactless); magnetic stripe encoding module;  printer cleaning kit; secure proprietary consumables system


 Swift ID embedded badging application, FARGO Workbench  diagnostic utility with Color Assist

 spot-color matching


 User friendly, SmartScreen graphical display

Printer Security 

 Printer access password protected