Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

DBE Certification

The Certification Unit of the Business Engagement and Compliance Office (BECO) verifies that applicant companies meet the criteria to be certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises under 49 CFR Part 26. Companies that meet the requirement found in 49 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 26 can be certified to work as a DBE on transportation projects in the state of Arizona. Some of those requirements are:

  • The company owner must be a U.S. citizen (or resident alien) and be a member of a socially or economically disadvantaged group, as defined in 49 CFR, Part 26.
  • The disadvantaged individual must have a personal net worth (PNW) of less than $1,320,000.
  • For construction-related work, a company (including its affiliates) must not have average annual gross receipts over the company's previous three fiscal years in excess of $22,410,000. The company must be a for-profit on-going small business where socially and economically DBE owner(s) own at least a 51 percent interest and have managerial and operational control of the business operations.
  • The socially and economically DBE owner(s) must possess the power to direct or cause the direction to the management and policies of the company and to make both day-to-day and long-term decisions on matters of management, policy and operations.
  • If state or local law requires the persons to have a particular license or other credential to own and/or control a certain type of company, then the socially and economically disadvantaged persons who own and control a potential DBE company of that type must possess the required license or credential.

Explore the links above to locate information about the various aspects of the DBE Certification program.

Note: DBE certification does not pre-qualify applicant companies to serve as prime contractors or prime consultants on ADOT projects. The ADOT prime contractor pre-qualification process to work on construction projects is managed by the Contracts and Specifications section and the ADOT prime consultant pre-qualification process to work on architectural and engineering projects is managed by the Engineering Consultant Section. All companies seeking prime contracting opportunities with ADOT, either as a contractor or a consultant, must also complete the applicable pre-qualification process.