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Ways UC San Diego buys and pays for goods and services

We have two primary methods for buying and paying for goods and services; Purchase Order, and Procurement Card (VISA).


Before providing goods or services to the university vendors, including small businesses*, must receive a valid Purchase Order AND be registered to do business with UC San Diego. If you are not currently registered, contact the department you are working with and ask them to invite you to complete the secure payee registration form online. Have your tax information (Federal Tax ID or Social Security number as appropriate) and your billing and contact information ready. *The payee registration form contains an optional section to identify small, diverse businesses - vendors certified as small or diverse businesses should complete this section to ensure their status is recognized.

laptop screen showing a sample purchase order form

Procurement Card (VISA)

The Procurement Card (PCard) is a corporate credit card provided by the university to authorized employees. It can be used to pay for goods and services when a purchase order is not the best option for the circumstance. UC San Diego departments may use a PCard to purchase low-risk, infrequent, and low-dollar goods and services (restrictions apply). NOTE: Some goods and services are restricted. Restrictions include but are not limited to Alcoholic beverages, and bar services for a meeting or event Catering, Gifts, and Awards, including flowers for the purpose of a gift or award, and Travel-related expenses.

Policy and Restrictions

express card VISA

Shipping and Receiving

UC San Diego uses a central receiving and distribution location as the primary address for packages shipped to and from campus. Review our shipping information to learn how to properly address packages. Complying with our shipping policy will ensure proper handling and delivery.

Shipping Information



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