Restricted Purchases

For guidance on approved ProCard purchases, refer to the Procure-to-Pay grid.

The ProCard cannot be used for the following:

  • Airfare - airline tickets should be booked through the Controller's Office's travel agency and charged to the central billing card.
  • Cardinal Card deposits - Cardinal Cash or Meal Plans (ProCards can be used to purchase Departmental Copy Cards.)
  • Contributions/donations (See VP for Finance's policy for donations, memorial gifts.)
  • Controlled substances/narcotics
  • Faculty, staff and student travel:includes passports, lodging, meals, gasoline, airfare, immunizations, etc. (Employees must continue to follow the Controller's Office procedures and request reimbursement using a travel voucher. The ProCard must not be used to reserve or pay for travel expenses. For travel related policies, visit the Controller's Office website.)
  • Firearms/Ammunition
  • Gasoline, unless purchased in conjunction with a one-day car rental or group van rental.  A Fuel Card must be used to purchase gasoline for university-owned vehicles.
  • Gift cards (See VP for Finance's policy for purchasing gift cards.)
  • Insurance (commercial).  Risk Management administers the commercial insurance for the University, including property and casual insurance.  However, medical malpractice insurance is allowable on the ProCard.
  • Legal Services
  • Movement of household goods/relocation expenses - see Moving Expense Policy.
  • Parking permits (UofL permits)
  • Personal Use
  • Printing - see the printing policy for additional details
  • Products available through University Stockroom
  • Radioactive material
  • Rental cars/vans - see Controller's Office website for more information
  • Services subject to Personal Services Contracts; i.e. consultants, legal services, etc.
  • Shipment of hazardous materials - contact Environmental Health & Safety regarding the appropriate method for shipping hazardous materials
  • Subcontracts on grants

ProCard blocked MCC's (Merchant Category Codes):

The ProCard office has researched transaction activity to determine what MCC's (Merchant Category Codes) are being used and/or what codes are in compliance with policy and procedures.  We have analyzed a series of data which determined what codes would be blocked.  As of March 20, 2009, these MCC codes were officially blocked on all ProCard accounts.

If you find that your ProCard has been declined due to one of the blocked codes when attempting a purchase, the option to unblock the specific MCC code can be granted upon approval from the ProCard Manager.