Tamper Evident Security Labels & Stickers

Product Overview

Tamper evident seals and security labels are often used to detect tampering of containers and access points. When removed, the tamper evident seal will self-destruct to indicate that the seal has been broken.

Red Security Label
Security Stickers
Tamper Evident Seals

Our security labels feature superior tamper evident performance, which is designed to function within one (1) minute of application on the recommended surfaces. Unlike competitive products, there is no long waiting period for the tamper evidence feature to be functional.

We have the largest selection of stock security labels in the world. Choose from 3 stock product versions and 9 stock sizes. Custom security labels are also available.

Choosing Your Security Label

When tampered, the security labels featured on this page transfer adhesive to the surface. The primary difference of the 3 stock versions is the amount of adhesive residue left on the surface.

For disposable packaging or containers, the amount of adhesive is not an issue.

However, if the container or surface will be re-used, cleaning up the adhesive residue will be more difficult and time consuming for "high residue" labels. See the "Ease of Clean Up" recommendations if the surface is to be re-used.

Using the "Table of Recommended Surfaces" (see below), select the security label version based on the intended surface.

High residue stickers (S28) offer the best security. The tamper evident feature is more sensitive. Also, this label construction is more versatile because it is effective on a wide range of surfaces and materials.

For plastic surfaces, reference the recycle code stamped on your container (usually on the bottom). The recycle code is also referenced in the table of recommended surfaces.

However, we recommend testing samples in actual conditions before product is ordered. We offer free samples so you can test and verify the selected label will meet your specific needs.

Our express labels are ideal for RUSH projects. Order by 2pm and your order ships the same day.

Adding a custom logo or custom text improves security.

Custom imprints are offered in black, blue, green, red, or white ink. We also offer a hidden fluorescing ink, which is visible with a black light.

For added security, include a serial number. Record the serial number for future reference.

The custom imprint and/or serial number is printed on the label surface. Although the imprint is durable for most applications, we also offer and recommend optional laminated labels to fully protect the custom imprint from excessive handling, wear or chemical exposure (alcohol in sun screen and hand lotion or any petroleum-based chemicals, such as gasoline). Typical applications for laminated labels are:

  • ID Badges and Credentials
  • Season passes (water parks, beaches, ski resorts)
  • Hand-held devices (cell phones, tablets, computers, etc)
  • Equipment asset labels
  • Collectibles subject to handling
  • Outdoor applications over 1 year

Please call if you need pricing for laminated labels.

The silver metallic stickers (S05 and STV19) may not be suitable for use on printed circuit boards (or other electrical applications). The silver metallic layer is conductive and can cause issues if in direct contact with the circuitry.

The 3 different versions of security stickers on this page are priced the same for the same size sticker. Click on the to see pricing details and available sizes.

We offer pricing discounts for higher quantity orders. For the best value, we recommend purchasing at least 1 year's supply. When stored properly, our labels have a MINIMUM 2 year shelf life.

If you are unsure which label best fits your needs, please send us an email or give us a call (see the CONTACT INFO at the bottom of this page).

Choosing a Size and Shape

If wrapping the security label over the edge of a box, use a long and narrow shape. The narrow width seals the edge of the box; the longer length is applied equally to the sides of the box. The ideal shape is a bar bell, but a rectangle is equally effective.

For complex shapes, a custom label may be required with a perforation at each change of direction.

Warning to Counterfeiters

If NovaVision is requested to produce custom security products or branded packaging, we require proof to substantiate that you are authorized to purchase that product. We independently verify your contact information and legitimacy. If you are not authorized to purchase the product, your contact information may be provided to law enforcement authorities without further notice. NovaVision cooperates with all local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies to catch and prosecute fraudulent purchases and counterfeiting.

Counterfeiting is illegal and is defined as any attempt to copy an original with the intent to defraud. It is illegal to purchase a fake identification product, an unauthorized custom hologram, an unauthorized duplicate security label, or counterfeit packaging which uses a copyrighted brand name or logo. Further, in the USA, legislation is pending to expand the criminal law so that federal prosecutors will have an easier time prosecuting counterfeiters that manufacture bogus product labels and packaging.

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Typical applications include safeguarding file cabinets, equipment hatches, entry doors, envelopes, cartons, electronic components, calibration settings, etc.

When tampered, these security labels transfer adhesive to the surface. For disposable packaging or containers this is not an issue. However, if the container or surface will be re-used, cleaning up the adhesive residue will be more difficult and time consuming for "high residue" labels. See the "Ease of Clean Up" recommendations if the surface is to be re-used.

We also offer security labels that do not leave an adhesive residue on the surface. Visit Non-Residue Security Seals for more details.

Specifications and Intended Use

Please see the Specifications and Intended Use for more details.

Troubleshooting Guide

If the tamper evident feature is not working to your satisfaction, please review the Security Label Troubleshooting Guide for suggestions, or give us a call.

Product Returns and Claims

See Ordering Info for more details.

High residue stickers (S28) offer the best security. The tamper evident feature is more sensitive. Also, they are more versatile because they are effective on a wide range of surfaces and materials. However, if the container or surface is reusable, consult the ease of cleaning up the adhesive residue.

Our recommended surfaces list is a guideline based on our lab tests and customer feedback. To confirm the product, we always recommend testing samples prior to ordering product.

Shows Tamper Evidence within 1 minute
May Show Tamper Evidence
Not Recommended

PRICING: All security label versions are priced the same.


  • For more details on pricing, size and colors for each product version, click on the in the table.
  • To see typical products for each material surface, click on the Surface Description.
Label Features
Security Label Version
  SO5 STO12 S28
Available Colors Silver Red, Blue Red, Blue, White
Number of Stock Sizes 9 4 9
Tamper Evident Message Dots VOID + OPENED VOID + OPENED
Adhesive Residue Left on Surface Medium (60%) Low (30%) High (90%)
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Ease of Cleaning Up Adhesive Residue Difficult Medium Difficult
Premium Adhesive* YES YES YES
Material Surface
Security Label Version
Non Porous Surfaces
SO5 STO12 S28

Metal - Bare

Typical Applications:

  • Access Panels
  • Hinges

Metal - Acrylic & Epoxy Paint

Typical Applications:

  • Automobile
  • Aircraft

Metal - Powder Coated Paint

Typical Applications:

  • File Cabinet
  • Tool Box
  • Electrical Panel
  • Automotive Components


Typical Applications:

  • Bottles and Container
  • Window Pane


Typical Applications:

  • Stopper
  • Gasket
Cardboard and Paper
SO5 STO12 S28

Cardboard Carton - uncoated

Typical Applications:

  • Shipping Cartons (Kraft)
  • Shipping Cartons (White)

Cardboard Carton - clay coated

Typical Applications:

  • Retail Product Box
  • Glossy Finished Box
  • FedEx/UPS Box

Cardboard Carton - wax coating

Typical Applications:

  • Boxes for seafood
  • Boxes for refrigerated items

Paper Board - Pressed or Uncoated

Typical Applications:

  • Recycled Chipboard
May Tear Surface May Tear Surface

Paper - coated

Typical Applications:

  • Glossy Envelope
  • Glossy Paper

Paper - uncoated

Typical Applications:

  • Standard Envelope
  • Kraft Envelope
  • Copy Paper
May Tear Surface May Tear Surface
  Plastics - Smooth SO5 STO12 S28


Typical Applications:

  • Plastic Tool Box

Polyester (PET 1)

Typical Applications:

  • Beverage Bottle

HDPE Polyethylene (HDPE 2)

Typical Applications:

  • Meter & Valve Boxes
  • Milk Jugs
  • Plastic Cabinet
  • Drums and Pails

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC 3)

Typical Applications:

  • Blister Pack
  • ID Badge

LDPE Polyethylene (LD 4)

Typical Applications:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Laboratory Containers
  • Milk & Juice Cartons

Polypropylene (PP 5)

Typical Applications:

  • Plastic Bottles
  • Bottle Caps
  • Rubbermaid Containers

Polystyrene (PS 6)

Typical Applications:

  • Food Container

Other (7)

Typical Applications:

  • Polycarbonate Containers
  • Plastic Lumber
Plastics - Textured
SO5 STO12 S28

Light Texture Polypropylene (PP 5)

Typical Applications:

  • Plastic Containers
  • Bottle Cap Top

Deep Texture Polypropylene (PP 5)

Typical Applications:

  • Bottle Cap Side
  • Knurled surfaces
Films and Foam
SO5 STO12 S28

Heat Shrink Film (PE; PVC)

Typical Applications:

  • Pallet Wrap
  • Product Wrap

Stretch Wrap Film (LLDPE)

Typical Applications:

  • Pallet Wrap
Allow 1 hour cure


Typical Applications:

  • Mailing Envelopes
May Tear Surface

Styrofoam -- Smooth Finish

Typical Applications:

  • Protective Packaging
SO5 STO12 S28

Bare Wood - Smooth

Typical Applications:

  • Sanded Wood

Bare Wood - Rough

Typical Applications:

  • Not Sanded
Allow 1 hour cure

Painted and Varnish Wood

Typical Applications:

  • Exterior Doors & Windows
  • Interior Doors & Windows
  • Varnished Woodwork

* Premium Adhesive: to achieve initial adhesion, apply the labels at temperatures at or above the stated minimum. After the label has been applied, the label is capable of environments as low as - 40°F and over 200°F. See the specifications in each product section for more details.

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For Questions and Ordering Information, Please Contact:
Brian Cramer Brian Cramer
Sales & Customer Service
(800) 336-6636 ext 4211
email: bcramer@novavisioninc.com
Bill Kudzia Bill Kudzia
Sales & Customer Service
(800) 336-6636 ext 4232
email: bkudzia@novavisioninc.com
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