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How to Purchase and Pay

There are various ways to purchase goods and services. In order to find out the options available, select the appropriate link below based on your purchase transaction type. Details on requirements, processing, and permissible payment types will be provided. Any purchase type requiring a requisition must not be acted upon until the department and/or requestor receives a dispatched purchase order notification from Purchasing.

These procedures are applicable to all three Business Units which include California State University Long Beach (LBCMP), Research Foundation (LBFDN), and 49ER Foundation (LB49R).


  • All new suppliers/vendors are required to complete a vendor data record 204 form. For faster processing, secure the Vendor 204 form in advance.
  • Payments to another CSU are completed Via a Cash Posting Order, CPO. Please contact General Accounting for assistance.
  • If a requisition is required, the CFS System is the resource to submit and obtain approval for the requisition. Purchasing will review the content submission and contact the requester if additional information is needed. The contract and risk assessments will also occur as the Purchase Order is generated.
  • Failure to follow the Procure to Payment guidelines may result in personal liability.
  • Refer to your Division/College/Department for additional policies and procedures.