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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
What is a DBE? & DBE Certification

What is a DBE?

The U.S. Department Of Transportation (U.S. DOT) regulates the DBE Program and establishes criteria for certification, which applies to DBE-eligible firms seeking contracts funded with federal transportation-related money. A DBE includes small businesses that are at least 51% owned by:

  • Women
  • Minorities: Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans
  • Or other individuals on a case-by-case basis

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DBE Certification

Firms are required to be a certified a DBE to participate in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.
To learn more & obtain DBE certification:


 What is a DBE? & DBE Certification
 Annual Goal
 Disparity & Availability Study
 FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
 Forms - DBE
 Participation Reports
 Program Mission, Objectives & Plan
 Program Waiver