Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Certification Overview
Firms that meet the requirements found in title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 26 can be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) to work on transportation projects in the state of Arizona. The requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The owner(s) of the firm must be a U.S. citizen (or resident alien) and must be a member of a socially or economically disadvantaged group, as defined in 49 CFR part 26.67.
- The owner(s) must have a personal net worth (PNW) less than $1,320,000.
- The owner(s) must own at least 51% of the firm in order to control and have final say in all areas of the business operations. The owner(s) must also have the power to direct all aspects of the firm such as daily and long-term management decisions, policies, operations and any other essential functions.
- The firm must be a for-profit, already existing business with a three year gross receipts average under $23,980,000. The firm must also not exceed the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards in 13 CFR part 121 for the type of work it performs.
- If state or local law requires a particular license or other credential to own, control and/or operate a certain type of business, then the owner(s) of the DBE firm must possess that required license or credential.
To start the DBE certification process, you must apply online with one of the Arizona Unified Certification Partners (AZUCP). The AZUCP member you must submit to is determined by the location of the firm and/or type of application. All applications must be submitted as indicated below:
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Annual Updates of Current DBE Certification
Firms that are already DBE certified must update their certification annually to the AZUCP member in which they received certification. The due date is determined by the AZUCP member.
Learn more about the DBE Certification Renewal process
Note: DBE certification does not pre-qualify firms 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. 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 and consulting opportunities with ADOT go through the applicable pre-qualification process.