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State of Texas CO-OP Purchasing Program

Created by legislation in 1979, the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) Cooperative Purchasing Program (CO-OP) provides the State of Texas volume purchasing power to local governments and assistance organizations. Members can purchase goods and services from state term contracts, TXMAS contracts, and piggyback contracts. Using these services through the State of Texas CO-OP will meet your competitive bidding requirements

How to order from the State

Before attempting to place an order, please check your membership status by reviewing the CO-OP member list. Only current CO-OP members are eligible to place orders on state contracts.

The Comptroller’s Office has developed TxSmartBuy — , an online system where purchasers search, compare and purchase state contract items without submitting any paperwork. Purchasers have the ability to quickly and easily place, track and change orders online.

View contract items available in TxSmartBuy

TxSmartBuy purchaser access

To purchase items not included in the system, you may use any of the following state contracts.

Please see contract instructions in the CO-OP Manual (PDF).

How the program works

You can become a member of the Texas CO-OP simply by submitting the following four items to Comptroller’s SPD:

  • a completed application (PDF)
  • a resolution from your governing board (if any) or executive director seeking membership in the CO-OP
  • a $100 check made payable to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • proof of creation and state funding (as applicable – see application (PDF))
Who is eligible to become a member?

CO-OP membership is open to all Texas local government entities, including:

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Junior Colleges
  • MHMR Community Centers
  • School Districts
  • County Appraisal Districts
  • Special Districts including Utility Districts, Library Districts, etc.
  • State-Funded Nonprofit Organizations
  • Certified Texas Rising Star Providers
What can members buy?

Hundreds of goods and services are available for purchase on state contract. Common purchases include items such as office furniture and vehicles.  And many contract items are available to support your specific mission.

MHMR centers, for instance, can obtain vaccines and hospital equipment and supplies. Cities and counties can use the contracts to purchase road equipment and law enforcement supplies. School districts can buy library books and cafeteria food and equipment.

Member benefits
  • Save Time and Money: Take advantages of the State of Texas' huge purchasing power that results in statewide contracts with competitive prices that agencies and local governments don't have to solicit individually.
  • Order Online: Purchase hundreds of items online using TxSmartBuy
  • Find Vendors: Search thousands of vendors on the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL)
  • Increase Competition: Post bid notices and awards online for free on the Electronic State Business Daily.
  • Earn Rebates on Qualified Purchases: Obtain payment charge cards through the use of the state's term contract.
  • Save on Fuel: By using the state fuel card contract, members do not have to pay federal fuel taxes or file for reimbursement and will receive quarterly rebates back on fuel card purchases at over 40,000 Texas locations.
  • Receive Discounted Rates on Travel: Qualifying CO-OP members may use the State Travel Management Program for discounted rates on flights, rental cars, travel agency services, and over 1000 hotels
Steps to sign up
  1. Review the CO-OP Member List to see if your entity is currently a member.
  2. If you cannot locate your entity on the membership list, please submit a completed application (PDF).
    • Applications should be mailed to:
      Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
      P.O. Box 13186
      Austin, TX 78711
    • Note: Complete applications are processed within five working days of receipt.
    • If you have any questions about completing the application, please feel free to contact a CO-OP representative at 512-463-3368.
  3. Once your application is processed and approved, obtain TxSmartBuy purchaser login access.

For questions or comments regarding the Texas Cooperative Purchasing Program, contact:
coop@cpa.texas.gov | 512-463-3368.