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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:
DBE Application Tripwires FHWA Tip Sheet

Application “tripwires” can delay the processing of an application for DBE certification or even lead certifiers to deny an application. View tip sheet.


 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