Getting started with BFS

Systems Access

You must complete a  Systems Access Request Application (SARA) form to access BFS, BAIRS, BearBuy, Berkeley Information Systems data warehouse (BIS), Campus Deposit System (CDS), Payroll (PPS), Travel & Entertainment, and Business to Business (UC Buyer roles).

In order to use SARA, you must have an employee id as well as a CalNet ID and passphrase. To obtain a CalNet ID or update your existing CalNet record, go to the CalNet Identity and Access Management website.

New Employees

If you are a new employee, we recommend you complete the SARA form(s) with your manager, so that you understand what roles and responsibilities you will have in these systems. SARA is not able to recognize affiliate IDs at this time. Affiliates or their managers should contact the system security administrators for instructions.

Turnaround Time

After the form(s) have reached the central security administrators, you should receive confirmation of your access in 4-5 business days. The 4-5 business day turnaround dates from receipt by the security administration unit and does not include any additional review by the Control Unit or Budget Office that may be required depending on the requested access. Requests for other access or inquiries that are sent to the BFS Sec email ( may take up to 30 days to receive a response.