Identification cards or ID’s are very important in today’s world. These help authenticate and verify a person’s identity for various purposes. You need to present any sort of identification to perform financial transactions, job applications, legal transactions, and avail of courier and medical services. You’d also need one to vote during elections and to travel. You practically need your ID every single day.
Well, your ID card, like most things, diminishes in quality as it scrapes against stuff until one day, you get denied a service or rejected at an office. That is unless, of course, you have proper protection for your ID.
Don’t, even for a second, ever assume that your ID’s validity automatically reflects its usability because it just doesn’t. Your ID’s usability depends on how you use it and protect it. The former is pretty much self-explanatory but for the latter, you’ll need a physical shield. One way to do that is by using badge holders.
Badge holders are used for three primary reasons: to seal and hold the ID card, to protect the data on the ID card, and to extend its life as much as possible.
It is not surprising and unusual that people don’t pay much attention to these things because these are rather minute details in their daily lives as businessmen, employees, students and customers. If you ask around what people are most concerned about when they go out, food, photos, traffic and their ETA’s probably will top the list.
Think about how many times in your life you heard people say, “Guess what I did today. I got a new ID holder!” or “look how cool my badge holder is!” You really don’t have to count or think hard because that has happened zero times. No one says these things.
Oftentimes, people put IDs in bags, pockets or wallets together with keys, coins, paper clips and pens. And no matter how great the technology used in making your ID is, in terms of the chemical composition of the card and the printing technology, it’s still no match against sharp objects. They can literally scratch the surface with relative ease and completely erase your employee or identification number over time.
Badge holders protect your ID from any physical damage while maintaining its clear visibility. As a matter of fact, most of the available badge holders in stores are transparent and have a flexible but sturdy finish. They are typically designed to be tear-resistant so they use a specifically engineered combination of chemical substances such as PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) and silicone.
Each holder has a slot for the card and a chain hole for a lanyard, clip or badge reel. There are stores that sell holders by piece, while some sell them in packs of 20, 50 and 100. The lanyards and clips are usually sold separately; however, there are certain holders which are attached to a retractable lanyard.
Cleaning your ID card and holder is very important. If you spilled something on them like sauce for instance, you could be denied purchase of age-restricted items such as movies and alcoholic beverages if the clerk can’t verify certain details in your ID such as your name, age and photo.
You need to know the chemical construction of your ID and holder before using cleaning agents as it may yield undesirable effects after a chemical reaction of some sort occurs upon contact. However, you can use readily available household materials to clean your ID card and holder. Your regular dish soap, rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer can do the trick.
All in all, you need these badge holders every day as they protect your precious IDs, but you also have to take good care of these protective accessories.
Badge holders are used for primary reasons.