Purchase Recordkeeping | KCTCS

Administrative Procedures

Purchase Recordkeeping

Procedure Number: 5.4.10-P

Current Effective Date: 08/01/2017

Original Effective Date: 09/15/2009

Revision Dates: 09/15/2009, 01/01/2015, 05/30/2017

Revision Number: 3

Revision Summary:

Responsible Official: Director of Procurement to Payment


1. Purpose

To outline KCTCS record retention.

2. Scope

This procedure applies to all KCTCS employees.

3. Record Retention Guidelines


KCTCS record retention guidelines require that records of all procurement card transactions be kept on file for audit purposes for three (3) full years. The documentation shall support the business rationale of the transaction, be attached to the applicable cardholder statement, and contain the following information:

  1. Supplier name. 
  2. Detailed listing of what was purchased, including item description, quantity and price.
  3. Total dollar amount of the purchase.
  4. Transaction date.


Examples of acceptable supporting documentation includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Original sales receipt or invoice.
  2. Original packing slip.
  3. Original cash register receipt. 
  4. Original copy of order form or application.


Copies of supporting documentation are acceptable only when the original is not available. Imaged documentation is acceptable as original documentation if it meets the standard listed in KCTCS’ Records Retention Program. Please consult your Records Retention Manager for compliance requirements.


Certain general files and records are to be kept on all purchase activity by the business office of each business unit. In addition, maintenance cost records are to be kept on all vehicles.


KCTCS System Office of Procurement to Payment Services will maintain records necessary to support each purchasing transaction based on a business unit requisition. The files will contain the following where applicable:

  1. Copy of each Request for Bid or Request for Quotation when applicable.
  2. Each bid or quotation received.
  3. Bid tabulation.
  4. Copy of each contract document, including attachments, which shall be made part of the contract.
  5. Documentation concerning the determination of award of contract for Requests for Bids unless award was made to the low bidder.


A filing system shall be established so that any transaction can be referenced easily and audited from requisition to completion.


Maintenance Cost Record:

  1. Business units shall maintain a record of the maintenance costs of each major item of motor or mechanical equipment. The records for vehicles shall contain maintenance and operating expenses (gasoline, spark plugs, tires, oil, grease, etc.).
  2. Records of purchasing transactions shall be kept according to the KCTCS Records Retention Schedule or the Commonwealth of Kentucky General Schedule for state agencies if the KCTCS schedule does not address a particular type of record.