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EMV Chip Cards are arriving! If you recently received a replacement card, you may have noticed something new.  US Bank is now replacing expired P-Cards with EMV chip cards.  EMV is a globally accepted standard that uses an embedded microchip to protect against counterfeit fraud.  The packet with your new EMV chip card will explain what you can expect and how to use the card.  Please review this information carefully. US bank plans to have all of our non-chip P-Cards replaced with EMV chip cards by the end of 2017. For more information, please see U.S. Bank FAQs. E-mail the P-Card Program if you have additional questions.

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UPDATE: Procurement Card Forum Now Posted

The June 2016 Procurement Card Forum is now posted in the UC Learning Center.  Search on Procurement Card Forum to locate and listen to the 50-minute forum that covers updates on the program, including results of the recent P-Card survey, best practices, and ways that we are trying to expand the list of what the P-Card can be used for.

Program Overview

The Procurement Card is a Visa corporate card program through U.S. Bank that is administered by Procurement & Contracting Services. Though it resembles and works like a personal credit card, there are significant differences:

it is a charge or corporate procurement card rather than a credit card

full liability rests with the university for immediate payment to the bank for all transactions

it is assigned by the bank to the employee but is issued in the name of and on the behalf of the university

The Procurement Card should not be confused with the university's U.S. Bank Visa Corporate Card, which is intended for travel and entertainment expenses.


The program benefits UC Davis and delegated departmental buyers by:

enabling prompt payment to suppliers

eliminating purchase orders and invoices

combining order, recording, and payment for goods at the point of sale

The Procurement Card provides campus employees who are delegated as departmental buyers with an effective tool to purchase and pay for routine, low dollar cost products.

The Procurement Card is issued to an individual, not to a department. The card and account number should not be used by anyone other than the person named on the card. Visit the Allowable Use page for specific usage guidelines.

Card Renewal

Procurement Cards are automatically reissued to all active cardholders prior to the expiration date-24 months following issue. You must complete refresher training every 12 months to remain an active cardholder.

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