Should I Laminate This Document or Not?

What can I laminate?

Laminating documents are a great way to preserve them. Of course, the Daige team believes there are benefits to laminating a variety of materials. However, we do not think all things require the glossy coating. In fact, there are some documents and materials that you should keep laminate-free. Wonder which items our team recommend remain laminate-free? Keep reading to find out.

Can you laminate your social security card?

This one may be a no-brainer, but you should not laminate your social security card. In fact, many government agents are instructed to treat a laminated social security card as invalid. The process of lamination actually disables the security features embedded in the card’s paper. If you have ever tried to hand over a glossy social security card to an attendant at the DMV, then you know this already. If you want to protect your card, try storing it in a plastic sleeve instead.

Resumes

Even as the economy is recovering, job seekers are still trying to find new ways to be noticed. And, handing over a laminated resume may get you noticed, but it will be for the wrong reasons. Regular resume paper should be sufficient to catch the interviewer’s attention.

Birth Certificates

In much the same way social security cards should not be laminated, birth certificates need to remain laminate-free. If you are worried about the birth certificate deteriorating over time, store the document in a ziploc bag or other protective case. Personal filing cabinets, complete with hanging file folders are a great way to store important documents such as these as well.

Insurance cards

There is no reason not to laminate this document other than it will take more time and cost than needed. Most people keep their car insurance card in the glove compartment or on their person in a wallet so document protection is not too much of a concern. If you really want to laminate your insurance cards to make them more durable, we advise using a small device like a Rollataq.

Photos

This is tricky. We understand the desire to ensure treasured memories and mementos are kept safe and secure. Naturally, this can be done by lamination. However, unless you are skilled in the process, you may end up causing more damage to your pictures by laminating them. To get the best results, consult a professional who is an expert at preserving photos through lamination.

Keep in mind that any laminated materials will need to be stored properly. If you have laminated documents that are kept in an area that reaches high temperatures, they may be altered or rendered unreadable because the heat can change the shape and clarity of laminate coating. Avoid applying laminate to any documents of that nature as well.

Now you know what should and shouldn’t be laminated! Some items require professional tools and equipment to help ensure the lamination process is done correctly.

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Posted On: 10 Sep 15

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