Dog & Cat Tags: Material Comparison Chart

  Plain Aluminum Colored Aluminum Stainless Steel Brass
  137
Price Level $ $$ $$$ $$$$
Colors Plain (Silver) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, Blue, Purple, Gold, Black, White Plain (Silver) Plain (Bronze)
Thickness .050”

.064″

.050”

.064”

.031” .036”
Material 3003 1/2 hard temper 3003 1/2 hard temper Type 430 2BA finish (Shiny, attracted to magnet, slightly corrosive) Alloy 260 70/30 – 1/2 hard temper
Benefits / Uses .050″ Plain Aluminum is the best choice for those looking for a low cost option. .050” – Standard 1-year tags.

.064” – 3-year tags

To help differentiate tags by year from a distance, color is the best option because you can rotate colors.

Rabies Tags – NASPHV recommended color of the year

3 year tag

Lifetime tags

Has a shinny surface that gives it a high-quality look.

Order your 2023 Rabies Tags

paw finders

Why purchase your 2023 rabies tags from National Band & Tag?

  • We have standard rabies tags and Paw Finders rabies tag options
  • Low-cost leader
  • Manufactured in America
  • Multiple sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vaccination needs
  • Annual order reminders are sent out each year after your first purchase
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available

How to place your 2023 rabies tags order:

1005-1P Discontinued

As a family owned and operated manufacturer in the USA, quality is very important to us. In order to ensure we are providing the very best products, we’ve decided to discontinue the 1005-1P.

Due to supply chain and labor changes, the 1005-1P is no longer a viable option and we have far superior alternatives available. Style 1005-1 Stamped tags ($) and Style 1005-1L1 Laser Etched tags ($$) are both great options, depending on your budget and needs. We would be happy to send samples of these alternate styles if you need them.

We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide top quality solutions to our customers.

Wet Tumbled Stainless Steel Tags with 1 Hole

Wet tumble is recommended for stainless steel tags that are going to be handled frequently. Stainless steel can have a rough edge, and wet tumbling is an extra feature that we offer to remove the sharp edges. If a tag has 2 holes, it is most likely being riveted/screwed onto something. This means it won’t really be handled, and it is ok to have rough edges. But, if a tag has 1 hole, this means it most likely will be dangling from something, where people are more likely to grab the tag. Or, if a stainless steel tag has no holes where it is going to be treated like a coin, or token, this would be another example of where we would recommend wet tumbling. Removing the rough edges from stainless steel tags will help ensure that anyone handling the tags won’t scratch their hands on the rough metal sides of the tags.

While wet tumbling does remove the rough edges on stainless steel, it can cause some scratching. You can see examples of wet tumbled laser etched tags here. Examples of wet tumbled stamped tags can be seen here. If you have any questions, or would like a sample of a wet tumbled tag to test out for your application, please contact us at 859-261-2035 or [email protected].

Memorial Tree Plaque

A Memorial Tree Plaque, or Memorial Tree Tag, is a great way to memorialize a loved one, or even a pet, on a tree that will continue to grow for decades. By planting a memorial tree, you now have a nice place you can visit to reminisce, and remember those that have passed. A tree creates a beautiful space that is relaxing and peaceful for you. The memorial tree is completed by hanging a Memorial Tree Plaque on it, or by placing the plaque on a stake next to the tree. Our UV Stable Black Aluminum allows the plaque to stay outdoors for 20+ years. Guaranteeing that every time you return to the memorial tree to visit, the dedicated plaque will still be there as well.

Here are a few Memorial Tree Plaque templates that you can use. Or, you can custom design your plaque from scratch. See more customer examples and pricing here. 

memorial tree plaques

Please note that text size will be adjusted for tags with holes. Shown with Arial font.

Stocked Tags for the Rigging and Lifting Industry

National Band & Tag will be exhibiting at AWRF Spring General Meeting & PIE, April 24 – 27, 2022. We are a proud member of the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) organization. As always, we are happy to manufacture custom wire rope tags and chain sling tags for our customers. But in honor of the AWRF Meeting coming up, we are excited to announce that we have Quick Ship options now available.

These quick ship Chain Sling Tags and Wire Rope Tags are available to be shipped out in 2 business days. Chain Sling Tags have 5 different layout options available, 3 different materials, and come in packs of 30 tags. Wire Rope Tags have 3 different layout options available, 2 different materials to choose from, and come in packs of 50 tags. Attachments, hand stamps, and a hand engraver are all available add-ons to go with your tags.

OPTION 1:
Split Ring
Galvanized Steel
Pre Stamped
Style 14CRQ

split ring chain sling tag

OPTION 2:
Chain Sling Tag
Galvanized Steel
Pre Stamped
Style 14CQ

chain sling tags

OPTION 3:
Chain Sling Tag
Galvanized Steel
Blank
Style 14CQB

OPTION 4:
Chain Sling Tag
Aluminum
Blank with Label
Style 14CQBAL

OPTION 5:
Chain Sling Tag
Stainless Steel
Blank with Label
Style 14CQBSS

OPTION 1:
Wire Rope Tag
Aluminum
Pre Stamped
Style #14WRQSAL

wire rope tags quick ship

OPTION 2:
Wire Rope Tag
Aluminum
Blank with Label
Style # 14WRQBAL

OPTION 3:
Wire Rope Tag
Stainless Steel
Blank with Label
Style #14WRQBSS

stainless steel wire rope tag quick ship

National Band & Tag Makes Tags for Plants Map

As of November 2021, Plants Map will no longer be making identification tags. National Band & Tag is able to manufacture plant and tree tags with your Plants Map URLS turned into QR Codes for you. This will allow anyone walking through your garden to use a smartphone to scan the QR Coded tag, and be taken to the Plants Map webpage on that plant. If you ever need to update the information for the plant, you can edit the page from your Plants Map account.

We offer multiple sizes of tags, but our most popular plant tag (Style #14PLANT) is 1.5″ x 4.5″ and our most popular tree tag (Style #14ARBOR) is 3″ x 5″. Both are made from a UV stable black aluminum material that is guaranteed to last outdoors for 20+ years. After you find a tag style that you like, you can then start the process of getting your Plants Map data over to us.

GETTING STARTED:

To choose what plants or trees you want tags made for, check out Plants Maps blog: My Tags: How to order plant tags and signs. This helpful walkthrough shows you how to pick your plants, set your lines of text, and download your Excel Sheet. If you have ordered from Plants Maps in the past, you can email them to get your past order files and logo files sent to you, and then you can forward them onto us.

National Band & Tag can work with the Excel sheet that Plants Map gives you except for column A, “Quantity”. This column will need to be deleted. If you want multiple tags of the same information, you will need to copy and paste the information onto a new row. (Ex: 50 rows = 50 tags).

Email your Excel sheet over to us at [email protected] along with what style tag you want. We will then send you a price quote and lead time.

Post a picture on Facebook of your tags in your garden and tag us @NationalBand @PlantsMap

Tree and Plant Labels for ArbNet Accreditation

What is ArbNet?

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is designed to recognize standards of excellence in tree-focused gardens, foster professionalism of arboreta worldwide, enable conservation collections and scientific collaborations, and advance the planting study, and conservation of trees. An ArbNet Accreditation provides multiple benefits, such as being recognized for your achievements, earn distinction in your professional and local communities, serving as a model arboretum, and having opportunities for collaboration with other arboreta.

The four levels of accreditation recognize arboreta at various degrees of development, capacity, and professionalism. Accredited arboreta are encouraged to seek and achieve higher professional standards and move up through the levels.

Do I need to label my trees?

If you are an arboretum looking to get your ArbNet accreditation, one of the credentials for applying is you must have labeled trees and woody plant taxa.

25+ labels – Level I
100+ labels – Level II
500+ labels – level III & Level IV

National Band & Tag can help both small and large arboretums with our 3″ x 5″ Arboretum Labels and 1.5″ x 4.5″ Plant Labels. These are our two most popular styles. They are made from UV Stable Black Aluminum that can last outdoors for 20+ years. NB&T tags can be customized with text, QR Codes, logos, and artwork. Other styles and materials of tree tags are available.

Thank you to our ArbNet Accredited customers who shared pictures with us!

Old Mountain Arboretum (Winona, MS) – ArbNet Level I

Arboretum at Redmond Park (Bensenville, IL) – ArbNet Level II

Carol S English Jr. Botanical Garden (Seattle, WA) – ArbNet Level II

Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, Inc. (Louisville, KY) – ArbNet Level II

Century Park Arboretum – (Vernon Hills, IL) ArbNet Level II

Mary Price Ratrie Arboretum – (Charleston, WV) ArbNet Level II

Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum – (Indian Hills, OH) ArbNet Level II

Share your pictures with us!

National Band & Tag is constantly looking for new pictures of our tags in use. It’s the pictures from our customers that we use on our social media, website, catalog, and promotional items! As the manufacturer, once the bands and tags leave our factory, we don’t get to see them put on their final destination, such as an animal, piece of art, tree, or asset. We are asking all our customers for new pictures to use! By submitting your pictures here, your picture could be featured as our next #TagTuesday with a shoutout and link to your company. You can also email pictures, or any questions to [email protected].

SEND US YOUR PICTURES

Kick off the new school year with School Spirit Keychains

While we are enjoying summer vacation, schools will be starting up again soon. Order your school spirit keychains now so that you can greet your students on the first day with a school keychain! Keychains are also great to keep on hand as prizes for spirit rallies, perfect attendance, fundraiser winners, and other school functions. With over 160+ tag shapes, and 11 aluminum colors, we have a lot of different options to choose from. Batch Anodizing is also available to match your school’s color exactly. Sports teams, after-school clubs, specialty programs, etc. can order more personalized tags with the student’s name on it. Ball chains and O-rings are available to complete your custom school spirit keychain!

 

elementary school key chainPurple High School Key Chain

brass school spirit tag

View more examples from our customers here.

Beehive Management Tags

National Band & Tag manufactures asset identification tags for many purposes, but one of the more unique uses is for beehives! Our customer Robert Couchman with BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue goes in and safely removes honeybees from places they shouldn’t be in and re-locates them to his apiaries. He uses our tags on his beehives as part of his apiary management system. Numbered tags allow Robert to track which hives have been tested and treated for parasites, the queen of the hive, and many other important factors for keeping healthy honeybees.

Scout honeybees will go off in search of a new home, and sometimes the home they decide on, is not the most honeybee friendly place. You don’t want to suddenly stumble across a hive of fifteen to twenty thousand honeybees in your house, shed, roof, garage, etc. BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue in Wisconsin helps rescue and relocate honeybees as much as possible. Timing is key, with the best chance for successful relocation being in late March to early September. Early relocation allows the colony to establish a new hive, expand colony population, and store enough honey and pollen to survive a Wisconsin winter.

If you are interested in learning more about BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue and Robert’s work, check out his website: https://sewihoneybeeremoval.org/

If you are a beekeeper interested in starting your own asset tag management system, check out our large variety of customizable tags!

Tag Style 243 (1” x 2-1/8”) Plain Aluminum with numbering.

Celebrate April National Holidays with NB&T – 2021

National Gardening Day – April 14th

What it is: Time to get out there and start gardening! Today is meant to be an encouragement for new gardeners to get their green thumb going and start their gardening adventure. Use this day to visit your local garden center to pick up some new plants, or to go outside and start planting.
How it relates to NB&T: We manufacture a variety of garden markers and plant labels used in both small and large gardens, garden centers, and botanical gardens.

Plant tags

National Get To Know Your Customers Day – April 15th 

What it is: A day for businesses to get even closer with their customers!
How it relates to NB&T: Our large product line has grown due to customers bringing us new ideas and tag requests. We are always eager to know how our customers are using our tags. Customers can submit pictures of their tags in use for the chance to have their pictures featured on our social media and website.

International Bat Appreciation Day – April 17th

What it is: This day is used to help spread the word about the important role bats play in our ecosystem, and what we can do to help protect them.
How it relates to NB&T: One of the most unique bands we manufacture is the wing band for bats! Researchers use these bands to track bats and learn more about them. Bat conservation fits right in with the theme of National Bat Appreciation Day.

bat tag

National Pet ID Week – April 17 – 23rd

What it is: This week gives pet owners a great opportunity to review the steps they can take to make sure their pet has the best chance of being recovered should the animal become lost.
How it relates to NB&T: Rabies Tags, License Tags, Shelter ID Tags, Microchipped Tags, Blank Tags for Personalization Kiosks, Kennel Tags, USDA/ODA Tags. We produce all kinds of tags for dogs and cats! Proper identification for your dog or cat is so important in case they get lost. We are a huge supporter of National Pet ID Week because it is a great reminder to check your pet’s tags and make sure they are all up-to-date with the correct information and year date.

National Lineman Appreciation Day – 18th

What it is: A day to honor the men and women who work hard to keep the power going and the lights on.
How it relates to NB&T: To assist in proper power pole management, which helps keeps linemen safe, we manufacture power pole tags!

utility pole tags

Hug a Plumber Day – April 25th

What it is:  A day to recognize those who come to the rescue when we have pipe, leaks, and drain issues.
How it relates to NB&T: We make plumber’s lives easier with our plumber tags! With the correct valves labeled, it makes their job easier and faster.

plumber tags

Arbor Day – April 30th

What it is:  A day to encourage the planting of trees.
How it relates to NB&T: Arboretum Tags are one of our newest and most quickly growing product lines. We are very excited for arboretums to use our tags to help educate the public on different species of trees.

logo and QR Code on a tree tag

Radial Text

A unique option that National Band & Tag offers is radial text or text that goes along the curve of our round tags. Radial text is helpful for fitting lots of text on a small tag, and for fitting text along the tag when there is a hole in the middle of the tag. Curved text is popular for survey tags, tree tags, power pole tags, dog tags, promotional keychains, and more. Contact us today for a free quote on your radial text tags!

 

 

Stamped Radial Text – Text is in all caps.

curved text on round tags tree tags

radial text on round tags for key chains

round tags with radial text, survey tags

 

 

Laser Etched Radial Text – Logos are available. Different fonts, lowercase, bold fonts can be used.

 

stainless steel survey washertree tag with Arc text

 

Custom Laser-Etched Tags. From Text to Logos to Barcodes.

If you are looking for a completely custom tag with a professional look, then laser-etched tags are for you! Tags can be sold in small or large quantities. Whether you need 1 tag or 100,000 tags, we can help! National Band & Tag has 25+ years of experience laser etching tags.

CUSTOM TAGS

You can customize your tags to have text, logos/graphics, barcodes, borders, etc. The laser creates a clean, detailed, image on the tag’s surface.  Tags come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and there is virtually no limit to what we can do. Laster etched tags are more durable and will last for years compared to printed tags. National Band & Tag offers quantity discounts, so the more tags you order, the larger the discount! Check out our instructions on how to send us the data for your tags.

custom laser etched aluminum, uv stable aluminum, brass and stainless steel
MATERIALS

ALUMINUM:

STAINLESS STEEL:

  • Different Finishes are available for stainless steel. This will affect how your tag looks.
  • Light or Dark etching is available.
  • Frosted Backgrounds are available to remove the shine from the tag.

BRASS:

  • Frosted Backgrounds are available to remove the shine from the tag.
  • Barcodes are not available on brass.

PLASTIC:

  •  Plastic tags are available in multiple colors depending on the style of tag.

LABELS:

  • Style #3602 – Label material is made from military-grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock for a heavy-duty label.
USES
  • Identification Tags
  • Asset Tags
  • Serialized Tags
  • Inventory Tags
  • Equipment Tags
  • Brand / Property Identity Tags
  • and more!

 

Share your pictures of your laser-etched tags being used for the chance to be featured on our social media!

End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate

World Rabies Day is September 28th! This holiday was created by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) with the goal to end the spread of rabies to humans from dogs. World Rabies Day focuses on increasing community awareness of rabies and its prevention.

2020’s theme is “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate

End rabies: a reminder that we have 10 years to end human deaths from dog rabies and that we can raise awareness at the global level through the End Rabies Now campaign.

Collaborate: The United Against Rabies coalition was formed and subsequently launched the Global Strategic Plan. We need to continue collaboration at the international, national and local levels to eliminate rabies. Especially keeping in mind that it’s a disease that knows no borders.  

Vaccinate: A massive breakthrough was recently made in the rabies world. GAVI, the vaccine alliance, has included rabies into its portfolio of vaccines. This means that with their support, 181,000 more human deaths from rabies can be prevented. We also need to remember to vaccinate dogs to prevent rabies at its source so that we can reach elimination.

Learn more at www.rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day

world rabies day 2020 collaborate, vaccinate

 

To celebrate this year, National Band & Tag is excited to launch our newest product, Paw Finders! Paw Finders is a rabies tag and lost pet recovery system, all in one tag. The vet’s information is on the front, like a regular rabies tag. On the back is a QR Code that holds the pet owner’s contact information. These tags are available for purchase in bulk by veterinarians. Our easy to use Vet Portal makes registering the tags easy. Or you can send the tag home with your client for them to register themselves. Bring your vet office into the modern pet tag era and reduce the number of lost pet calls to your office with Paw Finders rabies tags!

rabies tags, world rabies day, collaborate, vaccinate paw finders

2021’s recommended style of the year is the Blue Rosette.

 

National Pet ID Week

April 17th – 23rd is National Pet ID Week!

National Pet ID Week is for seven days starting April 17th. This national week gives pet owners a great opportunity to make sure their pet’s identification is up-to-date. ID tags and microchips give lost pets the best chance possible to be reunited with their owners.

It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. According to the ASPCA, “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.”

How to Observe National Pet ID Week

Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keep pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, runoff unexpectedly or get separated from their owners.  Two popular ways to ID your pet, are to use a collar with a tag, and a microchip. Other identification methods include tattooing, QR Code Tags, GPS Collars, etc.

Collar tags are historically the most common, and the most recommended. Microchips are meant to be another level of protection, not a substitute. Pet owners can get personalized tags at local pet stores or online. This week, make sure your pet’s tags are correct and have the most up-to-date information on them. Also, check to make sure the information is readable and hasn’t been scratched or worn away. If you have “chipped” your pet with a microchip, this week is a good time to see that it is working and you are prepared to use it. Did you register your microchip? Do you have the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place? These are all great questions to ask yourself, and ways to celebrate National Pet ID Week!

Use #NationalPetIDWeek and #PetIdWeek on social media to participate in the discussion

Every Day is Tag Day™

Here at National Band & Tag Company, we like to think that Every Day is Tag Day™!  This day was created by the American Humane Society and is celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Every Day is Tag Day™ unites thousands of animal control agencies, veterinarians, and humane organizations with the goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips. Tags and microchips help maximize the chance of a lost pet returning home safely.

How to participate in Every Day is Tag Day™:
  • Make sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license.
  • Include a phone number on their ID tag.
  • Keep your pet’s licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
  • Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many indoor pets can escape and end up in the shelter.

 

You can order a personal ID tag at a local pet store kiosk, or online. You will receive a Rabies Tag from your veterinarian when your pet receives a rabies vaccination. City/County license tags are usually obtained through the county clerk’s office, animal control, or can be ordered online. Check for your local pet licensing requirements online. National Band & Tag mass produces blank tags for kiosks, and for individuals to personalize and re-sell. We also produce rabies tags for veterinarians and  license tags for cities and counties

rabies and license tag - Every Day is Tag Day™

Share with us in the comments, how do you plan to celebrate Every Day is Tag Day™?

Memorial Bird Bands

A great way to memorialize bird hunters who are no longer with us is with Memorial Bird Bands.

Customers use our Memorial Bird Bands as a memento to hand out to friends and family at the funeral. Some people will then put the bird band on their lanyard or keychain so that they can carry it around with them every day as a remembrance of their loved one. Hunting buddies or hunt clubs may want to pass out the bands amongst its members in honor of the deceased. Some will raffle off the memorial bands to help raise money for the family. We even had one customer put the memorial bands in honor of her son on ducks, so duck hunters would call for years saying they got one of the banded birds in tribute of her son.

 

Here are some of the ways our customers have customized their Memorial Bird Bands:

 

Memorial bird bands

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BRANDON MAUGLE 06/19/93-04/16/14

 

RIP MEMORIAL BANDS

JEFFERY WILKINS 4/23/1964 – 8/7/2016

LIVE LOVE DREAM MEMORIAL BIRD BANDS

STEVEN N. KENDRICK 02/09/99 – 01/27/19 LIVE – LOVE – DREAM

REST IN PEACE BIRD BANDS FOR HUNTERS

LEGENDS NEVER DIE RIP JB 12/2/12

DUCK MEMORIAL BANDS FOR LANYARDS

KELLY KEITH EADS 05/12/1997-01/21/2019 GET LOWER & SHOOT HIGHER

 

Click here to view our bird band sizes.

Bird bands come in multiple sizes and colors and can be customized with your text.

 

 

 

 

NA Recovery Key Tags

Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Key Tags represent increments of clean time and allow you to celebrate every milestone. Our NA Key Tags celebrate different lengths of clean time on the front of the tag. The back of the tag is customized with your homegroup name.  We offer 3 different options, a Full Set of 1,000 tags, a set of 100 or 200 Key Tags (one color only). These Key Tags are an authentic military-style dog tag with the notch in the tag.

Narcotics anonymous recovery key tags

Set of 1,000 Key Tags:

White “Just For Today” – 200 Tags
Orange “30 Days” – 100 Tags
Green “60 Days” – 100 Tags
Red “90 Days” – 100 Tags
Blue “6 Months” – 100 Tags
Yellow “9 Months” – 100 Tags
Gold “1 Year” – 100 Tags
Silver “18 Months” – 100 Tags
Black “Multiple Years” – 100 Tags

full set of recovery key tags

Key Tags are available for purchase through our website or through Amazon. If you have any questions about our NA Recovery Key Tags, call us at 859-261-2035 and a customer service representative will assist you.

 

Holiday Napkin Rings

Are you ready to get your holiday shopping started?

Let National Band & Tag help check off all the holiday hosts and hostesses off your list with Holiday Napkin Rings. Create your own custom pack to decorate any holiday dinner party table this year. Available in red, green, gold and blue, Holiday Napkin Rings come in multiple colors for Christmas, Hanukkah, or just winter seasonal designs. Napkin Rings come in a pack of 8. The 8 napkin rings can have the same design or up to 4 different designs. Holiday Napkin Rings are sold through Amazon for easy and quick checkout. Just click the “Customize Now” button to choose your designs from the drop-down options, and then click the “Add to Cart” button.

snowman red napkin ring on a cloth napkin

Seasonal holiday napkin rings

Holiday napkin rings for Christmas, Hanukkah, and general winter seasonal designs

Custom Christmas Napkin Rings

Hanukkah themed blue napkin rings

Looking for personalized Napkin Rings with names, dates, or logos? Click Here to learn more.