Magnetic Strip Encoding

We can encode Magnetic Strip Metal Cards

With HICO or LOCO Mag Strips

We encode on Track 1 in the following format:

%CARDNUMBER? for a 16 digit card it would look like as follows: %1111222233334444?

How to provide custom magnetic strip programming

You can provide us with an XLS with the card numbers, or we can generate them for you. This is a great combination with our Variable Printing and Variable Etching options, so we can have a card number printed on the card as well as encoded to scan. A great option for gift cards, membership cards, reward programs and more!

We offer both HICO (high volume, +$0.35/ea) and LOCO (low volume, +$0.25/ea) Mag Strips on any of our custom metal cards.

What type of equipment do you need to program your own Mag Strips?

Your POS may be able to write to the mag stripes, it depends if you have a decoder(reader) only or a reader / writer (encoder). If not and you want to customize cards on the fly with even more options, Amazon sells nice writers for around $100 you can view here – - We recommend the MSR X6 or better.

Please confirm with your P.O.S. or solution provider if you have specific requirements.

Point Of Sale (P.O.S.) Specific Notes:

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