Types of ID Badge Holders

Lanyards and strap clips are the two most popular ways of holding your badge but there are many more options for you to consider.

How about a retracting badge reel or a magnetic badge holder or even a lanyard badge reel combination? There are many many ways to attach your badge. This page will describe the different types of badge attachment devices and each will have a link to a detail page. Go ahead and click on these links as each detail page will have a link back to this page.

Here are the different types of badge attachment devices discussed in the sections below:

  • Lanyards
  • Strap clips
  • Retracting reels
  • Magnetic badge accessories
  • ID Badge holders
  • Neck and wrist badge accessories 

The above list does not cover all accessory options. Please contact us if you are looking for a badge attachment accessory that is not described here.


This is a very popular way to hold your badge. They are a round or flat cord that goes around your neck and holds your badge in the front of your body. There are quite a few options that you need to consider when purchasing them: 

  • Flat or round
  • Length and width
  • Breakaway or not
  • Badge attachment method
  • Color
  • Standard or custom printing
  • Earth friendly lanyards 

Click on the link below to go to a page on this site that discusses the options above. It is easy to return to this page when you are ready.

Options for Lanyards

Strap clips

Strap clips are the most common way to attach your badges. They are made with a vinyl strap. On one end the strap fits through a slot in your badge and snaps to hold it in place. On the other end it has some type of clip to attach it to your clothing.

They are inexpensive and easy to use. Here are a few options to consider when purchasing strap clips:

  • Length and width of the strap
  • Materials
  • Clear or colored
  • Type of clip
  • Less common options 

Click on the link below for more details on strap clip options.

Options for Strap Clips

Retracting badge reels

Retracting badge reels are flat cylindrical containers with a clip on the back to attach it to your clothing. Inside the container is a spring wound cord with an external strap or other device to attach your badge. Here are the options to consider when buying badge reels: 

  • Size and shape
  • Cord type and length
  • Badge attachment type
  • Clothing attachment type
  • Color
  • Standard or custom printing 

To read more detail on options for retracting badge reels click on the following link.

Retracting reels

Magnetic badge accessories

Magnetic badge accessories are made with two separate pieces. One piece is a metal plate or disc with an adhesive backing on one side.

The other piece is either a magnet or a plate with magnets attached.

To use it you would first peel off the adhesive backing and adhere the metal plate of disc to the back of your badge. Then put the metal plate next to your shirt or blouse. Place the magnetic piece behind your clothing and allow the magnet(s) to attract the metal plate. This is much easier on your clothing than a pin or clip.

Here are the options to consider for magnetic badge accessories:

  • Size and shape
  • Number of magnets
  • Type of magnetic piece 

Click on the following link for more detail on magnetic badge accessories

Magnetic accessories

ID Badge holders

ID Badge holders are designed to protect your badge and hold it securely in place. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Here are some options to consider when buying badge holders:

  • Size and shape
  • Rigid plastic or clear flexible vinyl
  • How securely the badge is held in place
  • Special needs such as magnetic stripe or contactless proximity or smart cards
  • Shielded for security

Click on the following link to read more detail on ordering ID badge holders.

Order Badge Holders

Neck and wrist badge accessories

There are a variety of neck (other than lanyards) and wrist badge accessories available. Here are some of the options available:

  • Beaded necklaces in steel or colored plastic
  • Vinyl breakaway neck lanyards
  • Colored elastic neck cords
  • Armbands
  • Colored wrist coils
  • Colored elastic wrist bands
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