Saint Louis University

Items to Remember Before Using your P-Card

  • The Procurement card does NOT allow any grant related purchases.
  • The P-card is NOT to be used for ANY travel related expenses.
  • Students and non-University employees may NOT use the P-card.
  • Remember to include a short description in one of the comment fields (card member, manager, or banner description) on the Additional Transaction Detail tab within the reconciliation tool.
  • When ordering online or by phone, remember that 3545 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 is the billing address and your work address is the shipping address. To add your work address as an alternate address for verification by vendors, please call the 800 number on the back of your Amex P-card.
  • P-cards can be used to replace standing and regular PO's. If you would like to cancel a standing PO, contact Donna Brooks ( 977-3726. Please keep in mind that those dollars will no longer be encumbered.
  • The tax exempt number is at the bottom of your P-card. Please remember to check out with an actual person (not self check) and let them know your purchase is tax exempt. You may need the actual Tax Exempt Letter. If tax is not taken off before the purchase, it is the USER'S responsibility to have it removed. Go to the customer service desk or call the vendor directly. Do not pay American Express or send SLU a check for tax included on a purchase.
    • Wal-Mart Saint Louis University Customer ID # 1259494
  • Please sign all department cards "Request SLU ID", this will ensure that others within your department can use the department card. When checking the card out to other employees, the Amex P-card check out form can be used along with the employee agreement. It is also suggested that employees checking out department P-card sign the receipt when returning the card and receipt back to the card holder.
  • Summaries and receipts are to be stored by the approver for 5 years and be available for auditing purposes. Summaries should be signed by a second approver when charges and receipts are reviewed.
  • Do not pay American Express directly.
  • To raise a transaction or monthly limit, the approver can e-mail the card program admin ( and request a permanent or temporary increase. The information to be provided is:
    • Card name
    • If the raise is permanent or temporary (if temporary, expiration date is needed)
    • If the limit raise is for transaction or monthly
    • New amount of limit
    • An employee MAY NOT request limit increases on their own card. Please have your business manager/reviewer send the request.
  • The P-card may be used to purchase food (catering, deli plates etc) for meetings or events.
  • Approvers must review and/or reallocate all charges before the monthly cut off (e-mails will be sent out monthly).
  • Purchases on the P-Card must adhere to the competitive bidding policies, the details of which can be found on the following site: If a department intends to make a purchase on the P-Card that exceeds $5,000, either 3 bids or a sole source document must be submitted to Purchasing in advance for review and approval. Transactions are consistently audited to ensure compliance of University purchasing policies.
  • For prohibited purchases, please consult the Policies & Procedures.


Updated 04/1/11
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