Accounts Payable EMV Purchasing Cards

EMV Purchasing Cards – Overview

EMV Pcards are chip embedded credit cards that the university uses to purchase things with. EMV is a technology that makes in-person use of the card more secure. WSU migrated to EMV cards on March – September of 2017. The new cards have both the chip and the magstripe, so they will work with any USA card reader.

You will know if you have an EMV card as it will have the chip on it, it will say “Purchasing” down the left-hand side of the card in grey, the card will be black in color, and it will also have the WSU logo in the top left-hand corner. All WSU credit cards that are replaced from 03/20/2017 and on will be EMV cards. Go to the “Training Requirements” section below and click on the “EMV Training Deck” link  for more information on EMV cards and how WSU uses them.

The call-in info for the bank has changed, We no longer use the 9999 code, and we do not use any SSN info. The current code to be used can be found in the “Bank Call-in Directions” section below.



Expand each of the 4 sections below and read all of the information contained in each section.

Training Requirements

Click on the following link for a training guide on EMV cards. This will also cover how our bank will use this technology with WSU. It is highly recommended that you completely read through this training deck once before using your new EMV card for the first time.

Pcard Training Overview

There are multiple WSU and WA state training requirements that a Cardholder must meet before using their Pcard. Please check that you have completed all requirements on this list before using your card so that you are in compliance with state and university policies. These classes only ever need to be taken once, however it is recommended that you take a refresher every 3 years.If you have trouble signing up for or finding any class, reach out to the HRS Training team for assistance at:
WSU Requirements:

1) WSU ILT training class – “New Cardholders”  (
This class must be completed before your can obtain a WSU Pcard. Your card will not be ordered until it has. The above link will take you to an information page about the class, that also has the handouts.To find and sign up for this class – go to the WSU HRS-Training Page (, click on the button on the right-hand side entitled “Log into your Training Account” and login to your training home page with your NID. Search for the word “purchasing”, and then click on the filter for only ILT classes. Look for ILT classes entitled “Purchasing Card – New Cardholders”, and click on the title to see available dates and to sign up.State Requirements:
2) WSU HRS online courseWA State Purchasing & Procurement Ethics 
This is a mandatory class of all WSU cardholders. As set forth in RCW 39.26, WA State requires that state employees who perform purchasing activities as part of their job duties (i.e. any WSU employee who has a Pcard) take specific procurement training. This class must be done in addition to the WSU ILT New Cardholder training in order for the Cardholder to be in compliance with the state training requirements.To find and sign up for this class – go to the WSU HRS-Training Page (, click on the button on the right-hand side entitled “Log into your Training Account” and login to your training home page with your NID. Search for “DES Mandated Procurement Training”. This is a overview page of all DES classes, and under the Table of Contents tab you should see “WA State Purchasing and Procurement Ethics” listed. Click on the title to launch the class. You can also launch the class from the WSU Purchasing DES website (  under the “ROLE: PURCHASING CARDHOLDER” collapsible section.Direct Buy Limit:
If your Pcard has a Single Transaction Limit equal to or higher than the Direct Buy Limit (currently $10,000) then there is an additional state required training you must take called “Small Purchases”. See the below link.
3) WSU HRS online courseWA State Small Purchases To find and sign up for this class – go to the WSU HRS-Training Page (, click on the button on the right-hand side entitled “Log into your Training Account” and login to your training home page with your NID. Search for “DES Mandated Procurement Training”. This is a overview page of all DES classes, and under the Table of Contents tab you should see “WA State Small Purchases” listed. Click on the title to launch the class.  You can also launch the class from the WSU Purchasing DES website (  under the “ROLE: PURCHASING CARDHOLDER” collapsible section.WSU Job Titles:
If your role is higher than that of Cardholder alone (i.e. Director, Area Finance Officer, Expenditure Authority, Contract Delegate Authority, etc.) then there are additional state required training you must take in addition to the above listed classes. To see what those additional requirements are by role, follow the below link to the Purchasing department, and expand the section that correlates to your title.
4) DES Training Requirements Web page –

Bank Call-in directions

The bank has changed the information that you should give them when you call the bank. This is effective as of 11/06/2017. Please disregard any previous directions/information, and only use this new process going forward. The new process is laid out below, in the order the info will be asked for.

Calling the bank [ JPMC: 800-270-7760 ]

The bank will need to verify who the Cardholder is when you call them. Only the Cardholder should be making this call. This may involve the bank asking for up to three different forms of identification. All three are outlined below, in order.

Access code 1 = the last 4 digits of your WSU ID#.          DO NOT give the bank your SSN info.

Access code 2 = the first 3 letters of your last name along with the number 1 on the end.

Example  – “Jane Doe-Smith”, Access Code 2 = “doe1”

  • Your last name as it is printed on your physical Pcard will be used to generate this code. Ensure that it is listed correctly on the Pcard.
  • If you have more than one name for your last name, or it is hyphenated – the name that comes first will be used for the code.
  • If you have your last name changed on your Pcard with the WSU Admin team – we will update your Access Code 2 to the new last name for you.
  • If your last name is less than 3 characters long, additional digits in numerical sequence (i.e. 1,2,3) will be added to the end. Example – “Mike He” Access Code 2 = “He12”

Date of birth
– your actual Date of Birth in MM/DD/YYYY format

NOTE: If the bank wants to send you a verification text message via your smartphone due to a fraud case, WSU does not currently give that information to the bank. The bank will not have a cell number on file for you, and they will not be able to send you any messages. Please do not give the bank your cell phone number, WSU is not participating in JPMC text messages at this time. The other three identifiers listed above should be more than adequate to authenticate you with the bank. If you have any issues, contact the WSU Pcard ADMIN team.

Purchasing Card Activation

NOTE: Instructions are listed in order of preference. You only need to use one method

To activate your EMV Pcard, follow the below directions.

Method 1 (primary method) – Cardholder Calls the Bank
Follow the directions on the sticker found on the card (except for the PIN), and call 1-866-602-8170. You will want the physical card nearby when making this call. Ensure to use the call-in info. from the “Bank Call-in Directions” section above when you call. Please note that the Access Code and the PIN are two very different things. The Access Code is used to verify who you are with the bank when contacting them, and the PIN is used for international transactions made on the Pcard in person.

When asked to setup a PIN during the activation process, you can do so (as there is no option to skip this step), but understand that it will likely never be used. This is used only for international transactions made in person, and this does not include online transactions in any way. There is zero need of a PIN for all USA use of a Pcard done in person, as well as all online transactions. All future PIN management must be done by the Reconciler in PNet4, as the WSU ADMIN team cannot access this info or make any changes on your behalf.

Method 2 (secondary method) – Reconciler Uses the Link in PNet4
If the Cardholder cannot call the bank to activate their card (preferred method #1), this method should be used as a backup to that.The Reconciler should not use this link unless instructed to do so by the Cardholder, and the Reconciler should have the physical card in their hand when using this method. Do not activate a card if you do not know where it is.

To activate the card – the Reconciler logs into PNet4, and there should be a blue hyperlink for activating the card in their “Items Awaiting Your Action” box on the PNet4 homepage. Click on it and follow the bank’s directions.

This method will require the use of the 16 digit card number – ensure not to email that number under any circumstances. If you need to communicate this info to or from someone, it is best done live over the phone.

Method 3 (last resort method) – Cardholder Emails the WSU ADMIN Team
If both the Cardholder and the Reconciler cannot activate the card, this method should then be used.

Send an email to that contains the following information:

  • The cardholder’s First and Last names (as they appear on the Pcard),
  • The cardholder’s WSU ID# (not your NID),
  • The last four digits of the Pcard number (do not send the full 16 digit number),
  • The date you received the card,
  • The text “please activate my Pcard” somewhere in the body of the request, and
  • Make the Email Subject Line “Pcard Activation Request” or anything similar.

If the person who is requesting the activation is not the Cardholder, then the Cardholder must be copied on that email request or it will be denied.

Allow for up to 72 business hours to have your request completed. Once done, you will be sent a confirmation via email stating that fact. Once you have received this email, you may begin using your card.

Next steps once you have activated the Pcard (any method):

  • Sign the back of the card with a easily visible pen color that won’t rub off
  • If you have any old cards from this same JPMC account, you can now destroy them. Cutting it up with scissors will work.
  • Begin using your new card!
  • If this card is a replacement or you have a new card number/Exp. date/CVV for any reason, ensure to contact all merchants with whom you saved your Pcard’s info with (i.e. Amazon, PayPal, Office Depot, etc.).

NOTE: to update your Office Depot Account with your new card info, please send an email to the Purchasing Department at:

Picking up your Purchasing Card

All Pcards are sent to the Pcard ADMIN team on the Pullman campus, and then are redistributed to the Cardholders from there. Once your card has come in and is ready to be picked up, you will be sent an email letting you know that fact. Cardholders picking the card up in person will need to sign for the card, whereas off site cardholders will no longer need to sign and send anything back anymore.To pick up the Pcard if you are on the Pullman campus:
Ensure to bring a photo ID with you. Any ID with a picture of you on it will work.
Come to French 240K in Accounts Payable any time from Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.
Your signature will be required when you arrive.
We do not send cards through the mail to those on the Pullman campus. You must come to get it in-person.If you want to send a runner to pick up your card on your behalf, you must email us that fact ahead of time. That email must contain the first and last name of the runner, and the first and last name of the Cardholder(s) for each Pcard that they will be picking up. The Cardholder must be copied on the message if the request is not coming from them. Once that email is sent, it must be acknowledged by the Pcard ADMIN team before you send the runner over. The runner must also bring a photo ID with them and be prepared to sign for the card.To pick up the Pcard if you are located offsite:
Once you receive the email from us letting you know your card is ready, send us an email with the address you want the card mailed to you. Please do not send this info until it is asked for. The mailed card will only have this website on it, and no additional documentation is required anymore.If requesting delivery by USPS (preferred method), we will need your street address.
If requesting delivery by Inter-department mail, we will need your: city/location, building name, and room number.
Please do not send more than one address.
We can only deliver cards to business addresses, please do not send us a residential address.Rush shipping is available through FedEx at the cost of the cardholder. You will need to provide us with a valid shipping address (no PO Boxes or university buildings) and a FedEx account number. Keep in mind most USPS deliveries in WA state only take a day or two, so this is not much quicker for how much more it will cost.


Questions about the WSU Purchasing Card Program may be addressed to:
Purchasing Card Program Administrator:
Purchasing Card Program Manager: Allyson Comstock, or 509-335-2032                                                      Purchasing Card Program Coordinator: Jeremy Mutart, or 509-335-2034