After an additional check of all documents, and a check for mismatches, labels or hot glue are applied to the carrier to which the cards shall later be applied. With an optional hybrid function, the position of the X-and Y-axis for every card can be fixed individually by way of the database without modifying the machine. This allows maximum layout flexibility within a job. Forms are folded, provided with cards, folded again if required, and finally checked by various control mechanisms for correctness. Optionally, the system can be equipped with many additional modules and special functions. These include, for example, label printers for security labels, or inkjet printers for the printing of further information or for example of PIN numbers.