The state of California purchases a wide variety of goods and services ranging from pencils to temporary labor. Annual purchases total almost $10 billion. The Procurement Division (PD) is the central purchasing authority for all state departments, agencies, institutions, community colleges, technical institutes and city or local boards of education.
Become a Vendor
1. Review the "How to Do Business with the State" Brochure (English Version) (Spanish Version).
2. Get registered in the Cal eProcure database to do business with the
state of California. For assistance, use the Registration Instructions.
3. Get certified through eProcurement and increase your opportunities with
Find out more about the Small Business & Disabled Veterans Business
Enterprise Program and review the DVBE Brochure.
4. Apply for a California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Contract.
All state of California bid opportunities are advertised on the California State Contracts Register (CSCR). Potential bidders can view and download bid opportunities directly from this site. Additionally, the state offers free the CSCR Subscription Outreach Service (SOS), which notifies subscribers by automatic email or fax of CSCR advertised opportunities.
PD Forms & Resources Library
The Procurement Division Forms and Resource Library is a user-friendly, centralized location for various procurement related information. The library contains forms, templates, boilerplate language, and reference materials. To view the library, go to: PD Forms & Resources
The Procurement Division (PD) grants purchasing authority to state departments that request this authority and meet specific requirements. Departments must be granted purchasing authority in order to purchase goods and services valued over $100.
For more information, see Delegated Purchasing Authority.
State Contracts Index Listing
All available Statewide Commodity Contracts, Food Contracts, Master Agreements, State Price Schedules, and Western State Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contracts are listed in this index.
To view these contracts, go to the State Contracts Index Listing.
Leveraged Procurement Agreements (LPAs)
Leveraged Procurement Agreements (LPAs) allow departments to buy directly from suppliers through existing contracts and agreements. LPAs are available to California's state, county, city, special district, education, and other government entities. For a list of available LPAs, use the links provided below:
Small Business / Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Option
The Small Business / Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE) Option is an outstanding procurement tool for agencies and departments to actively pursue and/or exceed the governor's 25 percent small business participation and 3 percent DVBE participation in the procurement process.
For more information, see the SB/DVBE Option.
Commercially Useful Function (CUF)
The Procurement Division conducts one-time procurements on behalf of state departments for purchases that exceed their delegated purchasing authority.
Learn more about One-Time Purchases.
State Agency Customer Forum
The Procurement Division conducts the State Agency Customer Forum to provide information regarding upcoming statewide contracts, policy changes, legislative updates, SB/DVBE outreach events and information about PD's projects and programs.
Learn more about the State Agency Customer Forum.
The Department of General Services, Procurement Division's, Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS) is the state's certifying agency that administers the Small Business and DVBE Certification Programs. Non-profit Veteran Service Agencies receive certification upon application approval. Non-profit organizations will only receive a registration upon application approval.
OSDS's Home Page...
In addition, the OSDS's Communications & Outreach section assists small and disabled veteran businesses by participating in outreach events, providing resource guidance and supporting the businesses through advocacy.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment as compared to other goods and services serving the same purpose (California Public Contract Code §12400-12404). In simple terms, EPP means “buying green.” To promote EPP, the Department of General Services developed a best practices manual - the Buying Green Guide. This guide provides information, tools, and tips for buyers and provides insight to suppliers on how the state views green products and businesses.
Go to Buying Green