Get Your Tags Faster

At National Band & Tag we manufacture tags to order. But we do offer a few quick-ship options for popular style tags so you can get your tags faster.

1005-1 Quick Ship

  • Sets of 1005-1 numbers 001 – 1000 (stamped), 0001-1000 (laser etched)
  • Can be stamped or laser etched
  • Tags will be shipped within 2 business days after receipt of your order
  • Applicators – $28 each, no limit on applicators included in your order

Stainless Steel Quick Ship

  • Style 14 – Rectangle plate tag with rounded corners
  • Stainless Steel 304 material
  • Blank
  • 1/8” inch holes
  • Tags will be shipped within 2 business days via UPS Ground
  • 3 different sizes to choose from: 1” x 3”, 1.25” x 3”, and 1.5” x 3”

Stock & Lase

  • Any tag that can be laser etched
  • We store your blank tags, then etch them when you need more
  • Reduces production time from about 3 weeks down to 1 week

Anything that does not meet the quick-ship criteria will be entered as a regular order. Production will be around 2 – 4 weeks. If you are looking to get large orders quicker than this but need custom tags, contact us, we may be able to work something out.

Metal Self Piercing Tags

National Band & Tag’s self-piercing tags are usually used as ear tags, but they can also go on wings, flippers, fins and more. The first row of tags below is made from steel, and are typically used as ear tags for livestock. We offer smaller sizes for sheep and goats (style 505), medium sizes for swine and deer (styles 621, 62, 681), and larger sizes for cattle (styles 49 and 56).

The second row of tags are made from Monel, except for the 681IC which is made from Inconel. (Not shown: 1005-681). These tags are used for wildlife conservation and research purposes. Monel is a metal that has excellent corrosion resistance that performs well in rapid flowing freshwater and salt water, while Inconel is oxidation and corrosion resistant, and will withstand pressure and heat. The smallest size we offer is the style 1005-1 for mice, the largest size we offer is the 1005-56 for large animals such as deer and elk, and we have everything in between. Our special Inconel tag, 681IC is for Sea Turtles and other animals that live in salt water.

Sizes 681 and up have the option of both Steel or Monel. All self-piercing tags require an applicator to completely close and be tamper-resistant. The pointed end of the tag will pierce the ear when you are closing it, so a hole does not have to be pre-made.

Promote your Business with Custom Leg Bands

We can manufacture custom Butt-End bands to help promote your business, whether that be a lanyard maker, duck call maker, electrical application or any other type of business.

The first step is to determine what size band you will need, measure the diameter of the object you are trying to band (lanyard, wire, duck call, etc.).

After determining which size band you need, you can pick your color and decide what you want stamped on the bands. We can stamp your name, website, phone number, logo, etc.

National Band & Tag Sizes – Aluminum Butt-End Bands – Style 1242

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How to Close a Butt-End Band:

  1. Place the opened band around the lanyard, duck call, mount, etc.
  2. While using the correct size applicator, make sure to fit the band into the lower hole of the applicator.
  3. Squeeze the applicator shut to correctly seal the band.

(If the band does not shut all the way on the first time, rotate the band in the applicator and squeeze the applicator again. Continue rotating the band and squeezing the applicator until it is completely shut.)

Year Discs for Apron Tags

Getting ready to inspect your lead aprons? Then don’t forget your updated Year Discs! These color-coded discs make un-inspected aprons easier to spot. Year disc colors rotate every four years so there is never any overlap because aprons are checked every 12 to 18 months in compliance with the State and Joint Commission inspections. Need a new Excel sheet to keep track of your inspected aprons? Download a free template here!

Looking for a different color coding method to check your aprons or assets? Then try using our colored plastic spirals!

Fasteners for Different Types of Tags

Being able to properly attach your tag is just as important as the tag itself, which is why NB&T has a selection of fasteners to choose from to meet your application’s needs.

Fasteners For:

Dog & Cat Tags:
Fasteners for hanging the tag from the collar or fastening the tag directly to the collar.

  • S-Hooks
  • O-Rings
  • Pop Rivets

Industrial Tags:
Fasteners for hanging or adhering plate tags to objects. (Different size holes available for other fasteners such as nails, screws, and pop rivets).

  • Custom Length Wires
    • Stainless steel or galvanized steel
    • Anywhere between 3” – 19” inches
  • Black UV Cable Ties
    • 1/8” long, 3/16” wide
  • Adhesive Backing
    • Tag heights of ½”, ¾”, or 1 ½”
    • 500 tag minimum


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Wire Rope Tags & Chain Sling Tags:
Connectors for putting into the sleeve inside the eye and swaging it, or stainless-steel O-Rings.

  • Connectors
  • Stainless Steel Rings

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Promotional Uses:
Multiples types and sizes of ball chains and O-Rings available to create key-chains.

  • Ball chains
  • O-Rings

Plant Tags:
Copper wires are recommended for plant and tree applications.

  • Copper Wire Bundle – 9” inches long

Chickens Can Put Their Shades On Too

Did you know National Band & Tag used to manufacture rose colored Chicken Glasses to help stop chickens from pecking at each other? The sight of blood intensified the pecking instinct in chickens, so the rose-colored lenses made the red disappear, thus reducing cannibalism. The glasses we invented by National Band & Tag’s founder, Joseph Haas in 1939. These glasses for chickens are now considered to be a collectors’ item.

Barry Weiss from the hit show Storage Wars found a few pairs of our Chicken Glasses in a storage unit and took them to a friend to see how they worked.

Have you ever seen a pair of these chicken glasses? We would love to hear your stories/experiences with this historic product!

Scrapie Tags and Applicators

The National Scrapie Eradication Program provides free metal ear tags to sheep and goat producers. You must order your tags through your state. To order, call your state’s scrapie distribution contact. Phone numbers are listed below.

For Scrapie Taggers (Applicators) you must order directly from National Band & Tag. To order your Scrapie Tag Applicator (Style #505S), you may call us, or fill out the order form below and fax, email, or mail it to us with payment.

Download the Scrapie Tagger Order Form



For more information on scrapie tags, and sheep and goat identification, call or visit:




NEW! RFID Chain Sling Tags & Backside Warning Labels – DISCONTINUED

View our new products at AWRF 2017 Fall General Meeting & PIE, October 22 – 25, Booth #208.

Style: RF14C

RFID chain tag

Size: 4 7/8” x 1 ¾” – Hole size: 5/8
Heavy-duty engineered composite, High Frequency RFID Chain Sling Tag that will last outdoors for 30+ years!

Backside Warning Label

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New backside warning label! These new labels are heavy duty, eye catching, and will last in outdoor harsh environments.

Inspection Tag
Style: 14INSP

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Size: 1 ½” x 3 ¾” — Slot Size: 1/8” x 9/16”
New metal inspection tag with a label that can be notched.

¡Personaliza tus placas con tu logo!

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¿Está buscando anillos o placas para alas de metal con su logo estampado? ¡podemos fabricar un troquel de metal endurecido a partir de su logo! Hay un cargo único inicial de $200 a $500 (dependiendo de lo detallado de su logo) para fabricarlo. Nosotros mantendremos su troquel en nuestros archivos para que usted lo use cuando quiera en sus placas.

Por favor envíenos su logo en una imagen lineal en blanco y negro a para realizarle una cotización.


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Customize your bands with your logo!

logo 1242Looking for a metal leg or wing band with your logo stamped on it? We can make a custom hardened steel stamp of your logo!  There is a one-time charge of $200 to $500 or more (depending on the detail of the logo) to make the stamp block. We will keep your logo stamp block on file for future orders that you would like to have stamped with your logo.

For a quote, please submit your logo in black and white line art to


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2017 Manufacturing Day – Celebrating Manufacturers Across the Nation

This Friday, October 6 is Manufacturing Day! As a family owned manufacturer who has been in the industry for 115 years, National Band & Tag is proud to support the manufacturing field.

One of our dedicated employees, Betty, operating a leg band press.

To celebrate manufacturing day, here are 12 facts about manufacturing, provided by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM):

  1. In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016.
  2. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy.
  3. The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small.
  4. There are 12.3 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 9 percent of the workforce.
  5. Manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers who are eligible for health benefits provided by their employer.
  6. Manufacturers have experienced tremendous growth over the past couple decades, making them more “lean” and helping them become more competitive globally.
  7. Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.
  8. Over the past 25 years, U.S.-manufactured goods exports have quadrupled.
  9. Manufactured goods exports have grown substantially to our largest trading partners since 1990, including to Canada, Mexico and even China.
  10. World trade in manufactured goods has more than doubled between 2000 and 2014—from $4.8 trillion to $12.2 trillion.
  11. Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the ninth-largest economy in the world.
  12. The cost of federal regulations fall disproportionately on manufacturers, particularly those that are smaller.

View full article here.

2018 World Rabies Day

world rabies day 2018Thursday September 28th is World Rabies Day! Created and coordinated annually by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Rabies Day focuses on rabies endemic countries to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention.

This year’s theme is Zero by 30, in honor of the goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030. This goal was agreed upon at the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015, by the World Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC.

2018’s recommended rabies tag style of the year from NASPHV is the style #228 Orange Oval. 2017’s style is the blue rosette, if you see a dog wearing a blue rosette tag on their collar then you know they are up to date on their rabies shots.

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Hurricane Harvey ID Tags

National Band & Tag would like to thank all the animal shelters and rescue centers for the hard work they have done, and continue to do, for all the animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

National Band & Tag Company is donating 15,000 Texas shaped tags, stamped with an I.D. number (H00001 – H15000) and “HEARTS BIGGER THAN HARVEY” to any shelter or rescue center in the United States that has had an influx of dogs and cats due to Hurricane Harvey.

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Tags have already been sent out to over 90 shelters and humane societies in the Texas and Louisiana area. If you are an animal shelter or rescue in need of tags, fill out the form below, and we ship you 100 Texas shaped tags and 100 S-Hook attachments for free. (While supplies last.)

Company/Organization Name*


Address Line 1*

Address Line 2*





Promotional Keychains

With a little bit of artwork and creative imagination, any tag can be made into a keychain. Keychains make great giveaways for charity events, businesses and more. Company logos, phone numbers, websites, QR Codes and more may all be utilized to create the perfect tag for you.


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How to create your perfect keychain:

  1. Choose your tag shape
  2. Choose your color:
    Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, Purple, Black, White, Gold, Silver (Plain)
  3. Design your tag (Text, numbers, logos, QR Codes, paint fill, etc.)
  4. Pick your attachment

Food Grade Stainless Steel

National Band & Tag’s newest material is a food grade 316 stainless steel material that can stand up to the harsh environments in the food processing industry, marine environments, and laboratory facilities.

Style 14 – 1 7/8” x 3” – Stainless Steel

316 stainless steel is more durable than 304 stainless steel against heat, harsh chemicals, caustics, solvents, and other substances found in the food processing industry. These tags will not corrode away and barcodes will stay readable. 316 stainless steel tags are thicker than 304, which makes 316 great if you plan to weld your tag onto an asset or a piece of equipment.

Try creating a custom asset tag from 316 stainless steel in our most popular tag style 14, rectangle with rounded corners. Available in seven different tag heights, and any length between 2 1/8” and 6”. Text, logos, barcodes, sequential and custom numbering all available to make a tag that meets your needs.

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Order Your 2018 Rabies Tags

2018 rabies tags

The 2018 style of the year rabies tag is the Orange Oval (Style #228).

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?

  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low cost leader
  • Made in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vacc needs
  • Annual order reminders are sent out each year after your first purchase
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available, with thicker aluminum or stainless steel material available for 3-year tags 

Click Here to Order Your Rabies Tags Online


Click Here to Download the PDF Order Form

Order Form PDF

Do you want your Wing Bands to stand out?

The sophisticated style 892-3 wing band with the integrated rivet is an excellent choice, with fusion marking for optimum contrast and a stylish finish.

These are the following options you have:

  1. Numbering on one side and one line of text on the other.
    (Minimum purchase: 500 bands)

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2. Numbering on one side and two lines of text on the other.
(Minimum purchase: 500 bands)

wing band 43. Numbering on one side and bar code on the other. (Bar code can be 2D as well and read by an App on your Smartphone). (Minimum purchase: 1000 bands)

wing band 5 wing band 64. Numbering and a line of text on one side and bar code on the other.
(Minimum purchase 1000 units)

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Steps for Designing Custom Tree Tags for Labeling Trees

Labeling trees can be beneficial to any arboretum, botanical garden, park or tree trail so that visitors can be educated on the type of tree they are looking at. Tags can be customized to relay any information you need, and designing your tree tag can sometimes be overwhelming.

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Use the following steps below to start designing your tree tag:

Step 1. Tag Size & Material: All the examples above are the standard arboretum tag Style 14, 3” x 5” inches, UV Stable Black Aluminum. If you would like a different style or material for your tree tags, browse through our website to view other examples.

Step 2. Hole Size & Layout: The standard hole size is an 1/8” inch, either at the top/bottom, or left/right side of the tag. Different hole sizes and layouts are available depending on how you plan to attach your tag to the tree. No holes are available if you plan to attach the tag to a stake. (Nails and stakes can be purchased at local hardware stores or forestry supply stores).

Step 3. Text: Decide on what text and fonts you would like on your tag (all TrueType fonts are available).

***If you need help finding out the correct taxonomy of a tree, many of our customers have recommended using:***

Step 4. Logo (Optional): All logos will need to be sent to us in a black and white line art format.

Step 5. QR Code (Optional): We will make the QR Code for you, all we need is the URL of the website you want your QR Code to go to. (Read more on using QR Codes for educational walking trails here.)

Download this PDF of a 3” x 5” blank arboretum tag to practice your design!

Order Your 2018 Orange Oval Rabies Tags!

The 2018 recommended style of the year is the Orange Oval style 228! If you were a Hasco customer, we still have their oval shape available, now National Band & Tag’s style #226. Don’t forget to order early! We recommend ordering before November to guarantee you receive your tags before January 1st.

Order by September 30, 2017 using coupon code: RBLOG2017 for $10.00 off your order of 1,000 or more Orange Oval Rabies Tags!

How to order:

  • Return the order reminder you received in the mail with any edits
  • Order online
  • Call us at 859-261-2035 and place an order over the phone
  • Email your order to
  • Fax your order to 859-261-8247
  • Print and fill out the PDF order form and email or fax it to us

2018 rabies tags

Not interested in the NASPHV recommended color or shape? Check out all our dog and cat tags here: Over 150 shapes and 11 different colors to choose from!



New Pet ID Tags and Industrial Tag Shapes

Back in May of 2016, National Band & Tag acquired one of our local competitors, Hasco Tag Company. We have completed transferring tag shapes over and you may view all new shapes below.

Listed are the old Hasco style numbers along with the new NB&T style number. If you are an old Hasco customer and don’t see the tag style that you use to get, just give us a call at 859-261-2035 to talk to a tag specialist.

New NB&T Style # Old Hasco Style # Description Price Code
4 901L Arkansas Blue
170 168 Dimple Basket Blue
2 103 Grapes Blue
426 996 1 7/16” Large Oval Blue
226 946 1 1/8” Medium Oval Blue
326 906 1” Small Oval Blue
453 141 Bell Blue
366 119 7/8” x 1 7/16” Rectangle Blue
181 972 ½” x 1 25/64” Oval Blue
215 215XL 1 ¼” x 3 ½” Oval Green
160 150 Dimple Square Blue
5 910 Car Blue
100 902 Round with Tab Blue

Click here for all new tag shapes!

NB&T has over 150 tag shapes for all your identification needs!