Is there a standard size for business cards?

Few times people send me a message asking me about a standard business card size cause they needed to send a design to be printed or am designing for a client in the US / UK .

Most of the time I design 49mm x 87mm business card and I’ve measured some Business Cards that i have; they all vary in size.

In general I think that is a great question and it would be beneficial for all of us to know the standard sizes if business cards.

Here are some generic data that i gathered over the time about business cards through work and personal experience.

The common weight of a business card varies some by location. Generally, business cards are printed on stock that is 350 g/m²

Some terminology in reference to full-color printing:

– 4/0 – Full Color Front / No Print On Back
– 4/1 – Full Color Front / One color On reverse
– 4/4 – Full Color Front / Full Color Back

A business card can also be coated with a UV glossy coat (offset-uv printing). UV coats can also be applied as a spot coating – which means that areas can be coated, and other areas can be left uncoated.

Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium
85 × 55 (mm) – 3.346 × 2.165 (in)

Canada, United States
88.9 × 50.8 (mm) – 3.5 × 2 (in)

Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan, Sweden
90 × 56 (mm) – 3.54 × 2.165 (in)

Japan
91 × 55 (mm) – 3.582 × 2.165 (in)

Hong Kong, China, Singapore
90 × 54 (mm) – 3.543 × 2.125 (in)

Iran
85 × 48 (mm) – 3.582 × 2.165 (in)

Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Latvia, Mexico and South Africa
90 × 50 (mm) – 3.543 × 1.968 (in)

Make sure to leave a bleed area in your design, This is to help ensure that the paper will cut without white edges due to very small differences in where the blade cuts the cards this could be something like 3.175 (1⁄8) to 6.35 mm (1⁄4 in) to all sides of the card.

cards often are printed with English on one side and the local language (if not English) on the other.

Hope this information is useful for all of you out there. Please leave u a comment below 🙂


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