Fargo DTC5500LMX

High Volume Performance

The DTC5500LMX all-in-one, direct-to-card (DTC®) printing and lamination solution delivers reliable, high-volume production at an ultra-low cost-per-card. The solution is ideal for organizations that require robust printing and lamination every day. This enables cost-conscious organizations to routinely issue secure, durable cards in greater volumes without sacrificing quality.

Designed to meet the needs of medium-to-large corporations, universities, as well as government and healthcare facilities, the DTC5500LMX includes standard dual-card hoppers and support for high-capacity, full-color ribbon and laminate consumables – keeping costs at a minimum while maximizing productivity.

High Durability Cards at a Fraction of the Cost

The DTC5500LMX utilizes HID Global’s innovative wasteless lamination technology, eliminating the need for the standard carrier film and take-up core included in most lamination consumables on the market today. The advanced wasteless lamination technology can substantially reduce high volume laminate materials costs by as much as 50%. Utilizing the wasteless PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates, DTC5500LMX lamination extends the life of your cards by providing the highest level of card coverage protection available. Whether you need multi-function smart cards, highly secure government credentials, or gift and loyalty cards, the DTX5500LMX consistently produces sharp, professional-looking cards, every time. In addition, the DTC5500LMX laminate coverage increases card durability for credentials that will last. PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates are available in three options: clear, holographic and custom holographic (*contact IDCW 02 9651 6000 for pricing for Optional extras) for even greater security.

Unprecedented System Uptime and Lamination Speed

Unlike other printer/laminators, the DTC5500LMX is ready to laminate in just seconds with HID Global’s patent-pending new iON™ technology, significantly reducing wait times. Other lamination products can take up to five minutes to initially heat up; they also consume energy to maintain the necessary lamination temperature, even when not laminating cards. With iON technology, the DTC5500LMX saves considerable energy since its lamination roller is only on and consuming energy while laminating cards.

Operational Simplicity

Easy to load and operate, the DTC5500LMX provides convenient, cartridge-free wasteless lamination, and built-in sensors automatically advance overlaminates within the unit for proper alignment and optimal results. In addition, the printer and laminator features a user-friendly graphical SmartScreen™ display, allowing you to easily scroll through and select printing and lamination options. An optional andon light alerts users when materials are low or cleaning is required, further simplifying operation and ensuring that your investment is preserved over time, even in the harshest operating environments.

A Scalable and Flexible Solution

Not all IDs are the same. Some may require only printing and laminating, while others need technology card encoding. Some organizations need a printer system that fits particular needs now and has the capacity to meet additional needs over time. The DTC5500LMX has several options (*Optional extras) that can be added to meet your specialized requirements, including; ISO magnetic encoding; Contact or contactless card encoding; Andon light remote operator feedback; Physical locks for hoppers and consumables; Wi-Fi® module for remote printing.

The DTC5500LMX is completely field-upgradeable (*Contact IDCW 02 9651 6000 for Optional extras and Pricing) so that as your needs evolve, you don’t need to purchase another solution. What's more, the DTC5500LMX is fully interoperable with Genuine HID® technology. This guarantees the printer's interoperability with other products within the HID Global ecosystem, enabling you to leverage your existing HID Global investments. For example, you can easily add an encoder to your DTC5500LMX printer, should you need to both personalize and encode ID cards with the same device -- in a single issuance process -- all without having to replace your printer. Cards can be encoded with unique company or employee information and programmed to work with a variety of physical access control systems, anywhere in the world. In a single, seamless step, you can streamline your ordering, inventory management, and issuance processes while providing maximum control, flexibility and security for your organization.

Whether your organization seeks to print simple ID badges or move to multi-functional technology cards for physical access control and beyond, HID Global offers the broadest range of interoperable secure identity solutions in the market.

Take Card Printing and Low-cost Lamination to the Next Level

Built on proven direct-to-card technology for every need – from vibrant and durable photo ID cards to multi-functional, high security applications – the DTC5500LMX delivers on the promise of high-volume, ultra-low cost-per-card printing and lamination.

Need help choosing? Please call our sales team on 02 9651 6000 or use our enquiry form.

Fargo Ribbons
Cleaning Kits
Printing Sides:
Dual sided lamination
Print Method:
Dye sublimation / resin thermal transfer
300 dpi
Print Speed:
6 seconds/card (K) or 16 seconds/card (YMCKO) or 24 seconds/card (YMCKOK)
200 cards
100 cards
Card Sizes:
CR80 (30mil to 40 mil)
User Interface:
User Friendly, SmartScreen graphical display
Software Drivers:
Windows 7, 8 and 10 / Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 / Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.11 / Linux
3 Years Printer / 3 Years Printhead
FARGO Workbench Diagnostic Utility with Colour Assist spot-colour matching

  • Single wire Ethernet and USB 2.0 interface for inline printing and encoding
  • WiFi Module
  • Locking card input/output hopper and ribbon drawer
  • Smart card encoding modules
  • Magnetic stripe encoding module
  • Printer cleaning kit
  • Secure proprietary consumables system
  • Addon production status light


HID Fargo DTC5500LMX Windows Driver
OS: Win 2003 Server, Win 2003 Server x64, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8 x86, Windows 8.1 x32, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 x64, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10 32-Bit, Windows 10 64-Bit
58.61 MB
HID Omnikey 5121 Fargo Ethernet Driver
OS: Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8 x86, Windows 8.1 x32, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 x64, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP
Note: This OMNIKEY Ethernet driver is to be used when encoding via an Ethernet connection within a FARGO printer. Please note that only the OMNIKEY 5121 is capable of encoding via an Ethernet connection.
24.15 MB


HID Fargo DTC5500LMX Printer Firmware
Note: Please use the FARGO Workbench to load the firmware.
5.59 MB
HID Fargo DTC5500LMX Lamination Firmware
Note: Please use the FARGO Workbench to load the firmware.
231.31 KB


HID Fargo Workbench
OS: Win 2003 Server, Win 2003 Server x64, Windows 10 x64, Windows 10 x86, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8 x86, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP
Note: For users of FARGO® printers, the FARGO Workbench utility enables the updating of the printer firmware/driver to take full advantage of new features, diagnostic tools, performance upgrades and enhanced security.
43.34 MB