How to Set Up a P-Card Program

State and local governments can streamline day-to-day purchasing by setting up a P-Card program. A P-Card, or purchasing card, eliminates the need for purchase-order paperwork for certain things and can be managed electronically.

Below are the basic steps needed for a state entity to begin setting up a P-Card program. Regardless of whether you are a state or local entity, your first step will be to contact the State Purchasing Division at We will work with you on what, if any, of the following steps need to be completed.