Learn when a purchase requisition is required, how to complete it, and steps for reviewing process.
Purchase requisitions are about permission and purchase orders are about buying. Departments complete a purchase requisition and submit it to the Purchasing Office, who in turn, creates the purchase order which authorizes the payment for the good or service. The key difference between a purchase requisition and a purchase order is their nature.
Submit a purchase requisition to the Purchasing Office to receive authorization for a departmental purchase that is $5,000.00 or more.
Additional Considerations When Completing a Purchase Requisition
- Always use the most current Purchase Requisition form (fillable pdf) located below or on the Administration and Finance Directory of Forms.
- Review, print, and sign the complete form, with appropriate backup documentation, to the Purchasing Office via inter-office mail.
- If using E-requisition system in Financial Management Services (FMS), the completed requisition, printed from the PDF with appropriate signatures must be submitted to the Purchasing Office via inter-office mail.
- Account Information
- Contracts and Agreements
- Vendor Selection and Price Justification
- Purchase Thresholds
Who is Making the Purchase?
Requisition: Contact the Purchasing Office to obtain a purchase requisition number.
Date: Enter date the requisition has been started.
Account Details: List account number(s) to be charged. Account numbers can be obtained from department heads or other authorized users of the account.
Sub-object Code: A sub-object code is to be selected from the listing of UNSPSC codes located in the shared Google Drive for purchase requisitions. The sub-object codes are generally grouped into categories as follows:
• 3,000 series-supplies,
• 4,000 series-travel,
• 5,000 series- services,
• 7,000 series equipment/contractual
Requisitioner is responsible for finding and providing specific sub-object code on this form.
Amount: Amount is total cost to be charged to each account number.
- Item or Service To Be Purchased
- State Financial System (SFS) Number
- Vendor Information
- Shipping and Delivery
- Price Justification
Before approving a purchase requisition, supervisors and other approvers should review the following criteria
Purchase Requisition Review Checklist
Is the purchase requisition the correct purchasing method?
If the purchase is under $5,000 and is a P-Card Eligible Purchase, a P-Card SHOULD be used. P-Card Eligible purchases under $500 MUST be made on a P-Card.
Is the purchase requisition complete?
Ensure the form. For detailed instructions, please see Completing a Purchase Requisition.
- Goods and Services
- Supporting Documentation
- Necessary Approvals