Prohibited Pcard Purchases

Nov 07 2019


In addition to possible restrictions in a contract or grant, some items are strictly prohibited from being purchased on a Pcard.

  • air conditioners
  • alcohol (consumable or scientific)
  • ammo/guns/weapons/explosives
  • automobile service/repair
  • bus lines - charters, tour buses
  • cable, satellite or internet services
  • carpeting, window treatments (i.e. draperies, venetian blinds, etc.)
  • dehumidifiers/humidifiers
  • deposits, partial and/or down payments
  • controlled substances
  • employment agencies/temporary help services
  • gas cylinders, rentals
  • gasoline/fuel
  • gift cards (refer to MBP Section 44)
  • internet auction sites (
  • lab animals
  • medical services/fees
  • motor freight carriers, trucking/moving companies
  • personal purchases
  • plumbing/electrical/mechanical/structural materials/services (materials are permissible for documented lab research projects)
  • radioactive material
  • security and access (locks, lock changes, keypads, security systems, security services)
  • space heaters
  • travel and entertainment including airlines, auto rentals, bars, buses, cash advances, caterers, hotels/motels, limousines, money orders, parking, restaurants, taxis, travelers checks, tolls, trains, wire transfers
  • two-way radios
  • wholesale or retail club discount memberships (i.e. Sam’s Club, etc.)