Preparing Electronic Documents

NOTE: Due to distancing requirements for COVID-19, IDS requires electronic submission of all vouchers, unless a business exception is approved. Please contact IDS to discuss your business justification before submitting paper documents.

Know Where to Upload Documents

  1. Determine which folder(s) you should be using to upload your documents by referring to step two on Submitting Documents for Imaging

  2. Email IDS to request access for electronic submission and identify the folders to which you need access

  3. IDS will send notification when you have been granted access or will ask for further information if necessary

    • Note: Supervisory or departmental approval may be needed to grant authorization for IDS to add you or your department

Prepare Your Cover Sheets

All documents must have a *DEFINE cover sheet. The cover sheet, also known as the Voucher Transmittal Form (VTF), contains information that determines how a document will be categorized, imaged, and retained. The VTF must be submitted as grayscale (black and white) PDFs.

  1. For vouchers that contain multiple transactions such as VP5s, VPTs, and some VE5/RTAs, print the payment voucher as a PDF to Green Output

  2. For single transaction vouchers, such as VP1s and VP2s, a simple one-page cover sheet may be printed as a PDF directly to your computer

Multiple Cover Sheets Per PDF

There can be only one cover sheet (VTF) per document to be imaged. If the support documentation for a voucher is comprised of other vouchers containing coversheets you must draw a heavy line through the text and Doc ID at the top of the page. In addition, BACKUP may be written on each supporting voucher transmittal form.

If a voucher intended as support is not properly marked, the imaging software will automatically separate the support voucher into a separate document rendering your document incomplete.

Add Your Support Documentation

Once you have created the PDF cover sheet, add receipts, authorizations, and other support documentation required to process the voucher for payment. The documentation may be in paper or digital form. Use the corresponding link below for instructions:

  1. Convert Support Documentation from Paper to PDF 

  2. Combine Cover Sheet and Digital Support Documentation to Create a Single PDF

Prepare PDF to be Uploaded

  1. Save the PDF with the file name of [DOCID].pdf, e.g., 20VP200320.pdf. Do not included additional information such as vendor name

  2. Each PDF must consist of a single voucher. Do not save multiple vouchers to be processed for payment into one file

  3. If the voucher has supporting documentation that includes other vouchers, mark out the text and DOC ID of the supporting vouchers

Upload PDF

Upload the prepared PDF to the correct location.

  1. Upload the PDF to the correct UT Box folder that was identified in step two on Submitting Documents for Imaging.

  2. Uploading to the incorrect folder interrupts the Imaging and Payment Services workflows and will cause delays in your documents being processed.

Verify and Retain Your Documents

Departments are required to retain a departmental copy of the uploaded vouchers in case they need to be resubmitted for any reason. Departments must keep that copy until they have verified that the vouchers have been final approved or released to the Image Retrieval System (IRS).

Please refer to the third step in Submitting Documents for Imaging for verifying and retaining your local copies.