Business Card Size

Standard business card size

Nick A. | March 30, 2021
8 mins

Did you just get a big promotion at work? Trying to get your small business off the ground? When it comes to networking and getting your name out there, the traditional business card still works wonders. While modern technology has brought us options for creating business websites and LinkedIn profiles, being able to hand out a tangible card in person sets you apart from the competition and provides a more personalized form of marketing that you just can't replicate online.

But in order to really make your mark as a professional, it's important to understand some of the common business card conventions, including size. 

In this guide, we'll cover the typical business card dimensions along with other key facets you'll need to consider when coming up with a design, including layout and logos. Plus, you'll get the inside scoop on how to use Namecheap's Business Card Maker to create a stunning and effective design in minutes.

Standard business card sizes around the world

Why is the standard business card size so important to your design? 

While it might be tempting to stand out with non-traditional card shapes or dimensions, there are practical reasons to prioritize this default size when creating custom business cards, including:

  1. It fits nicely inside credit card slots in wallets, purses, briefcases, and other bags.
  2. It slides easily into clothing pockets, meaning recipients are likely to hang on to it longer.
  3. It can be tucked inside cards and envelopes when sending out mailings.
  4. Business card holders and displays are typically designed with the standard size in mind.

Beyond these everyday applications, consistent sizing makes business cards more recognizable and familiar. And when it comes to your bottom line, you'll appreciate that standard-sized business cards are typically cheaper to print.

What size is a standard business card size in the U.S.?

In the United States, the traditional business card size is 3.5" x 2" (89 mm × 51 mm). This comes out to a size that's slightly smaller than the average credit card. These same dimensions are also used widely across Canada.

What are the typical business card dimensions around the world?

When you venture outside the U.S. or Canada for business purposes, you'll find that there are different conventions regarding normal business card size. 

In many parts of Western Europe, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland, the standard dimensions for business cards are 3.346” × 2.165” (85 mm × 55 mm), which actually lines up almost exactly with the size of a credit card. 

In Japan, the standard business card size has the same width as the European countries listed above, but it stands just a bit taller at 3.582” × 2.165” (91 mm × 55 mm). China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong use a standard business card size that's quite close to Japan's dimensions at 3.543” × 2.125” (90 mm × 54 mm). A 3.54” × 2.165” (90 mm × 55 mm) business card size is used in a number of other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Colombia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and India.

CountriesDimensions in inchesDimensions in millimeters
The United States and Canada3.5” x 2”89mm x 51mm
United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Austria, Netherlands, Slovenia, and Turkey3.346” x 2.165”85mm x 55mm
Japan3.582” × 2.165”91mm x 55mm
China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong3.543” x 2.125”90mm x 54mm
Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Colombia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and India3.54” x 2.165”90mm x 55mm
South Korea, Sri Lanka, Russia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Latvia, Bosnia, Hungary, Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Israel, Finland, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico3.543” x 1.968”90mm x 50mm
Iran3.346” x 1.889”85mm x 48mm

Business card design details

Now that you know what size is right for your business, it's time to start working on the design. When putting your layout together, it helps to understand how the design will be interpreted by the printer.

Trim line

When designing your business card layout, the trim line represents the final size of your business card. As a reminder, this is 3.5" x 2" for the standard U.S. business card.

Bleed area

The bleed area is the part of the design that measures just slightly larger the actual size of the card. 

For U.S. business cards, it measures 3.61" x 2.11". Any colors, prints, or other design elements which touch the edge of the card should extend into this bleed zone to ensure that there isn't a white border along the side if the cards are cut slightly off center.

Safe printing area

The safe printing area, on the other hand, is slightly smaller than the actual business card size (3.36" x 1.86" for U.S. cards). Any text or logo that must be shown on the card needs to fall within this area or it may be at risk of getting cut off during the printing process.

Business card size in pixels

If you're designing your business card in a program like Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator, it may help to have pixel sizes to work with rather than inches or millimeters. Here are some of the key dimensions in terms of pixel size at 300 DPI:

  • Actual card size: 1050 x 600 pixels
  • Full bleed size: 1083 x 633 pixels
  • Safe printing area: 1008 x 558 pixels

Non-traditional business card options

While the classic rectangular business card is the gold standard, there are certain situations in which a non-traditional card shape could work in your favor. Some business owners choose to have these cards made for special events, such as conferences or trade shows, to help their brand stand out. They can also work from a graphic design standpoint if it suits your logo or branding better than the familiar business card size.

Square business cards

The even dimensions of a square card can work well for a number of designs. In some industries, such as artistic ventures, the square business card option is becoming more commonplace. Typically, this card is sized at 2.51" x 2.51" (63.7 mm x 63.7 mm).

Folded business cards

This type of business card offers additional space to display information and designs when the card is opened up. For example, the inside could show your business hours or directions to your store location. A folded business card can also be "tented" to stand up on a tabletop. This style usually has similar dimensions to a standard business card when folded.

Die-cut business cards

A custom die-cut card design can come in essentially any shape you want. You can design a record company's business card like a guitar pick or your pet supply store business card like a dog bone, for example. This option is very unconventional, but it can be effective at grabbing the attention of potential customers and clients.  

Vertical Orientation

You can switch up your card style while maintaining the standard dimensions by aligning your design vertically instead of horizontally. This option may be particularly fitting for companies with a long and narrow logo format.

Rounded corners

Almost any card shape, including the standard rectangular size, can be customized with rounded corners. This adds a softer touch compared to the familiar squared off corners.

Business card logo design tips

Your logo is one of the most important parts of your business card, regardless of the shape or orientation that you use. In most cases, it's the logo that makes the first impression when someone looks at a business card. It needs to communicate what your company or brand is all about in a single glance.

Use the following tips when selecting a logo for your business card design:

  • Keep it simple: Avoid using a design that's too intricate since the details won't be visible on a small business card. A simple, clean design is best, and make sure any text in your logo is readable.
  • Choose meaningful colors: Color choice is critical when it comes to logos. For example, red conveys passion and appetite, while green is associated with health and nature.
  • Use the right file type: The best results typically come from an SVG file. However, PNG and JPG files can be a good option as well.

Most established companies already have a logo they can upload for their cards. If you don't have one, just use Namecheap's Free Logo Maker and follow the step-by-step tutorial to create one. It's completely free and offers plenty of options for designing a completely unique, eye-catching business logo.

How to create custom business cards 

If juggling the various shapes, dimensions, and other design options seems overwhelming, don't worry. There's an easy solution that lets you create a custom business card design in just minutes.

The Namecheap Business Card Maker is a simple, streamlined tool for making business cards online. The process couldn't be simpler:

  1. Enter your basic information, including your first and last name, professional title, and company name.
  2. Choose which contact information you want to include, such as your email address, phone number, address, website, or Instagram handle.
  3. Upload your logo or make one with Namecheap's Free Logo Maker.
  4. Select a business card template from a range of beautiful designs, then customize it with your preferred font and colors. 

Namecheap business cards look undeniably sleek and professional. Each one is printed on high-quality 350gsm, coated silk paper, which is the equivalent to most companies’ premium quality paper stock. You can also choose from matte or glossy protective finishes. Namecheap makes it easy to order only as many cards as you need, starting at just 25 cards and going all the way up to 1,000 cards or more. You'll even have the option to purchase a PDF proof if you prefer.

Have more questions about making your own business cards? Find answers to your FAQs or check out these helpful guides:

For more information or to get assistance making your business cards with Namecheap, get in touch with us today. Our friendly Customer Service Support is available to help you anytime via live chat.


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Nick A.

Nick Allen is a writer, photographer, and content marketer. He’s also the founder of BrainBoost Media, a boutique content and operations studio. With a wide range of interests, he enjoys reading and writing about sports, entrepreneurship, and start-ups.

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