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Instant Card

The Instant Card is a temporary virtual credit card (no plastic issued) for UC Santa Cruz Employees and Students while on official university business travel. This card is issued to UC travelers who do not have access to the Corporate Travel and Entertainment Card (CTE card). The Instant Card features a firm dollar limit with specific active dates for usage that cannot extend beyond one year.

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Paying with Instant Card using a digital wallet

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How To Request A Card​

Fill out the Instant Card User Agreement Form, route it through DocuSign for the appropriate signatures.

The cardholder MUST have a mobile device with the ability to download the US Bank Instant Card mobile app to receive and use the Temporary Virtual Payment Card.​​

For additional information, please read How to Request an Instant Card.

Using Your Instant Card

How to Use An Instant Card

To use the Instant Card at a tap-to-pay kiosk, simply open the US Bank Instant Card mobile app, select the card, then hold the mobile device to the tap-to-pay kiosk. For more information on using the Instant Card or paying using the card number, see How to Use Instant Card on the Mobile App.

For additional tips please read Important Considerations.

Instant Card Reconciliation

How To Reconcile Your Instant Card Reconciling is required using CruzFly for each travel trip and/or entertainment event. An expense report will need to be completed for each trip and/or event.

For more information, please vis​it Reconciliation Process.

Outstanding Instant Card reconciliations 60 days past due will result in suspension of the cardholder’s account. ​​​

Instant Card Announcements

Instant Card Announcements Archive
Introducing UCSC Instant Card – A replacement for Travel Cash Advances
We are excited to announce the UC Santa Cruz Instant Card program starting July 1, 2024, for UCSC employees and students who are traveling for official university business.

​This new travel card program is intended to replace Travel Cash Advances. The original communication is also available for reference.​​​


Mailing Address:
   Accounting: Instant Card
   Univ of California Santa Cruz
   1156 High St
   Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Office Location:
   100 Enterprise Way
   Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Intercampus Mailstop:

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Guides, ​​​Purposes & Benefits​​​​

Instant Card Guide Purposes of Instant Card Benefits to Instant Card​​