A carrier element for an IC module (integrated circuit) comprising leads which are connected at one end with the corresponding terminals of the module and at the other end have a contact surface. The ends of the leads running into the contact surfaces extend unsupported beyond the edge of the carrier so that they can be bent into the desired position according to the intended purpose of the carrier element. When the leads are bent around the carrier plane towards the back surface of the module and united by using a castable material in a casting the result is a compact carrier element well adapted to the dimensions of the IC module. For the incorporation of the carrier element according to the invention into an identification card the free ends of the leads can be directed through corresponding recesses in the cover film of the card. During lamination of the layers of the identification card the ends of the leads are bent onto the cover film and thus pressed into the film material.