Purchasing Card Program


The University of Maryland (UMD) provides an efficient, cost-effective method of purchasing small-dollar as well as high-volume items. The program is an alternative to the traditional purchasing process and results in a significant reduction in the volume of purchase orders, invoices and checks processed for goods and services up to $5,000.00. The Purchasing Card is a VISA card issued by the State of Maryland and is issued in the name of the authorized employee for the purpose of making approved purchases on behalf of the university. Each cardholder is responsible for the integrity and accuracy of their Purchasing Card purchases.

Purchases made with the UMD Purchasing Card must only be for the use and benefit of the university. Misuse of the Purchasing Card may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Procurement & Strategic Sourcing will suspend Purchasing Card privileges when policies and procedures are not followed including when the Purchasing Card is used for prohibited purchases, personal use, split transactions and/or gift cards.


All cardholders and reviewers must pass an online training course with 80% or higher before the card will be released. After the Card Agreement/Reviewer Access form is submitted, an email with instructions will be sent to the cardholder/reviewer regarding the course.

Departments can request Purchasing Card (P-Card) refresher training by sending an email to pcard@umd.edu or calling the Purchasing Card Program department at 301.405.5834.