Size Guide – How Long Should A Lanyard Be?


Almost every business, institution or operations requires its employees to wear a lanyard, either as a means of easy identification or confirmation of security clearance. With so much variety in terms of colour and material, it is important to bear in mind the standards that exist for lanyard design and dimensions. Ensuring a lanyard is the correct size will make sure it can be worn smartly.

What is the size of a lanyard?

Depending on the manufacturer producing them, lanyards can come in a variety of sizes. The most popular width is around 15mm; however, the range is 10mm, 15mm, 20mm & 25mm – with the standard lanyard length being 450mm long, however this can vary to suit client requirements.

What is the normal size of an ID card?

Unsurprisingly, a set of regulations does exist for controlling the size of ID cards. The International Organisation for Standardisation, based in Geneva, has codified the correct size in its ISO 7810 (Identification Cards-Physical Characteristics) document. According to this, an ID card’s dimensions are specified as being 86 mm wide by 54mm high, with a 0.75mm thickness. As a result, nearly all card printers and card production software are designed with these measurements in mind.

What is the size of a standard identity card photo?

The standard size of an ID photo in the UK must meet certain requirements. Its height must be 45 mm, with a width of 35 mm. This is the size of the standard ID photo which all photo booths in the country are programmed to take. In addition, the ID photos cannot be gained by cutting down a larger photo to this size.

Why are lanyards twisted?

Most lanyards are manufactured with a twist in them, which may seem odd for those of us who prefer to attach them to belt loops or pockets. However, it makes sense when they are worn around the neck. In those situations, the twist in the lanyard allows the ID card to lay flat against your chest; if there was no twist, the sides of the lanyard card would stick out.