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Common Express Card Purchases and Restrictions

See a list of common routine items you can buy with the Express Card and link to common restricted purchases.

You can use your Express Card to obtain a wide range of goods and services for your department. However, some goods and services cannot be purchased using the card due to funding or policy restrictions.

  • Abstracts
  • Advertisements
  • Audio and video materials
  • Books
  • Bottled water delivery
  • Classroom supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Copy services
  • Film processing
  • Gasoline for UC owned vehicles when it is not possible to refuel on campus
  • International purchases that do not have to be routed through U. S. Customs
  • Journals
  • Laboratory supplies
  • Landscaping supplies
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Marketing materials
  • Memberships, Professional
  • Newspaper delivery (including online)
  • Office supplies
  • Periodicals
  • Photographic prints, processing and supplies
  • Printing services
  • Promotional materials
  • Publications
  • Reprints
  • Research supplies
  • Subscriptions for periodicals
  • Teaching supplies
  • Utilities

Restricted items

See Express Card: Restricted Purchases for a detailed list and alternate payment methods. Items you can't purchase include but are not limited to:

  • Beverages for employees are not allowed under any circumstance
  • Building repairs and alterations
  • Catering services
  • Contributions and donations are not allowed under any circumstance
  • Costo memberships
  • Equipment
  • Equipment rentals
  • Flowers
  • Gift cards and gifts
  • Meeting refreshments and entertainment expenses
  • Narcotics, controlled drugs, or radioactive isotopes
  • Office celebration expenses
  • Parking violations
  • Personal purchases are not allowed under any circustance
  • Postage
  • Sponsorships
  • Temporary staff services
  • Travel expenses