Prima 4 retransfer ID card printer

Using retransfer printing technology the Prima 4 produces high quality photo cards quickly in large volumes, comparable to offset litho printing.

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Prima 4 retransfer card printing

High-volume photo quality printing

FIPS 201 certified for the personalisation of US Government credentials, the Magicard Prima 4 provides a reliable, robust solution for instant issuance in a compact package. Using a retransfer printing process, images are first printed onto a thin film then heat transferred onto the card surface. This produces a high resolution glossy image, printed right over the edge of the card.

Print government driver licences

Customisable stealth security

A special dye sublimation Ultra Violet (UV) ribbon can be used with the Prima 4 for the printing of invisible photographs, logos, text or symbols when issuing high security cards. The UV ink is not detectable to the naked eye, but is only visible with the use of a UV light source. This special YMCK-UV ribbon offers an affordable yet still highly secure feature to decrease susceptibility to counterfeiting.

print and encode smart cards

Trusted electronic security

The Magicard Prima 4 can be equipped with a range of card encoding devices to write secure electronic data to cards at the point of issuance. Smart card encoding options include contact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass®. Specialist high-security encoders, such as EMV accredited devices, can also be fitted for the in-line personalisation of payment cards. The Prima 4 can also be supplied with a magnetic stripe encoder built-in.

3 year warranty

Backed by the industry’s best 3 year warranty*

Magicard Prima 4 with UltraCoverPlus – our promise to keep you printing.

The reliability of our well-established print engine enables us to offer you a comprehensive 3 year warranty with full telephone and online support. This includes a free replacement for any printhead damaged over the lifetime of the warranty. In the unlikely event of a field failure, we will overnight a replacement loan printer to you whilst we repair your existing device.

*Available in the EU, North America and other selected territories.
Elsewhere 1 year minimum limited depot warranty.

Prima 4 specifications


  • Printing performance

    > 100 cards per hour

  • Card capacity

    100 cards input
    100 card output

  • Warranty*

    3 year

  • Visual Security

    UV panel

  • Operating systems

    Windows compatible


PrinterDetailsProduct code
Print technology300dpi retransfer (600dpi option on request)
Feed systemHopper fed
Card capacity100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper
Single-sided printingPrima 401
Double-sided printingPrima 402
SecurityElectronic lock for hopper and door, security ribbon erase
Encoding optionsDetails 
Magnetic stripeISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3
Smart cardContact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass®.
Other encoders available, see encoder compatibility matrix
Connectivity and driversDetails 
Operating SystemsWindows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64bit) Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012
USB connectionUSB rev1.1 and USB 2.0
Ethernet connectionSecure IPSEC Ethernet fitted as standard
3 year UltraCoverPlusTelephone support, full printhead coverage and loaner service.
*Available in North America, EU and other selected territories.
*Elsewhere a minimum of 1 year limited depot warranty.
Visual securityDetailsProduct code
UV printingYMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel)Prima 434
Print speedDetails 
ColourOver 100 cards per hour
Accepted cardsDetails 
Card sizesISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″
Card typesPVC, ABS, PET, PVH, and polycarbonate ISO blank cards, HiCo magnetic stripe and smart cards
Card thickness0.25mm to 1.0mm / 0.010” to 0.040”
Physical specificationsDetails 
Printer weight15.5Kg / 34lbs
Printer sizeHeight: 320mm / 12.6″ Width: 343mm / 13.5″ Length: 330mm / 13″
Environmental operating range15°C to 30°C / 59°F to 86°F ; 35% to 70% non-condensing
Optional upgradesDetailsProduct code
In-line laminatorSingle-sided or double-sided laminationPrima 451 / Prima 452
Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo onlyFitted as standard in Prima 4 UnoPrima 424
Printer variantsDetailsProduct code
Prima 4 UnoSingle-sided retransfer printerPrima 401
Prima 4 DuoDouble-sided retransfer printerPrima 402

Prima 4 solutions

  • Corporate

    The Prima 4’s superior print quality, combined with its robust print engine and encoding options make it a trusted choice for medium to large enterprises for the localised issuance of multi-application employee cards.

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  • Physical access

    A Prima 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write physical access data to a smart card at the point of issuance.

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  • Government

    Retransfer printing is widely used by federal and local governments for the localised issuance of secure citizen ID cards, such as driving licences, voter registration cards and even National ID cards.

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  • Payments

    A Prima 4 fitted with an in-line EMV encoder can be used for the in-branch issuance of secure payment cards.

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  • Facilities

    Critical facilities require robust and secure ID cards. The Prima 4, fitted with an in-line laminator can print high quality, durable cards that last up to ten years.

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  • Logical access

    A Prima 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write logical access data to a smart card at the point of issuance.

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  • Healthcare

    Multi-application health cards, including patient records, insurance details and critical information such as blood group and medications can be issued using a Prima 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder.

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Prima 4 consumables

 Product codeDetailsCapacity
Prima 4 film sets Prima 431YMCK colour dye film and retransfer film sets (x1 set) 1000 images1000 images per set
Prima 431/SYMCK colour dye film and retransfer film set (x1 set)1000 images
Prima 4 dye film Prima 433YMCKK colour dye film black panel on reverse750 images
Prima 434YMCK-UV colour dye film with UV panel750 images
Prima 435YMCKO-PO dye film with peel-off panel750 images
Prima 4 retransfer film Prima 436Retransfer film1000 images
Prima 4 patch laminate film Prima 462Clear patch laminate 0.6mil600 patches
Prima 463Clear patch laminate 0.6mil with chip cutout600 patches
Prima 464Clear patch laminate 1.0mil600 patches
Prima 465Clear patch laminate 1.0mil with chip cutout600 patches
Prima 4 overlay film Prima 461OVD ‘snowflake’ design film1000 overlays
Prima 466Clear OVD film1000 overlays
Prima 4 custom overlay/patch Prima 468Set up charge for custom overlay film/patch laminate
Prima 467-patchCustom design holographic patch 0.6mil600 patches
Prima 467-overlayCustom design holographic overlay1000 overlays
Cleaning kits E9887Prima 4 cleaning kit10x swabs, wipes, cards
E9681Retransfer cleaning card1x pack
E9682Retransfer cleaning wipe1x pack
E9683Magnetic stripe cleaning kit – EU10x cards (EU only)
UltraSecure cards 125 KHz Proximity
SMA Proximity
MIFARE Classic®
Contact chip
Blank cards M9006-793Premium blank white cards – CR80
M9006-794Blank white cards with magnetic stripe – CR80

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