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Enhanced Tribal Card Graphic Design

Specialized card design using the latest approved security features in industry standards to secure and strengthen standardized identification documents.

Security Features

Micro Printing

Recognizable patterns or characters in a printed medium at a scale that requires magnification to read with the naked eye.

Ultraviolet Ink

Ink that's only visible with UV light

Transparent Hologram

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Enhanced Tribal Card Security Features:

  • Micro Printing
  • Optically-Variable Ink
  • Transparent Hologram
  • Ultraviolet Ink
  • Deliberate Errors
  • Unique Font
  • Overlapping Data Elements
  • Inventory Control Numbers
*Department of Homeland Security requires a minimum of two security features.

Collateral Material Design

  • Brochure
  • Mailer
  • Card Sleeve Protector
  • Image Preparation


The ETC includes a vicinity RFID Chip and Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) facilitated technology that utilizes optical character recognition technology to electronically verify the following:

  • Full facial photo
  • Full legal name and signature
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex and physical description
  • Address of principal residence
  • Issue and expiration date (card is valid for 8 years)
  • A Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) utilizing Optical Character Recognition technology and a vicinity RFID chip to be embedded in the ETC.
  • EDN - a unique assigned document number

The Federal Government realized they have a different relationship with Tribal Governments, which allowed for the creation of the Enhanced Tribal Card Program.

REAL ID Act applies to state-issued documents only. Tribal Nations are sovereign territories. The REAL Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

The ETC falls under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) that requires all travelers to show a valid passport or other approved secure document when traveling to the U.S. from areas within the Western Hemisphere.

The ETC is not a state-issued document and therefore would NOT fall under REAL ID Act. Again, REAL ID Act applies to state issued documents only!

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