Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

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What is the
DBE program?

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has had in effect for more than 25 years a policy of helping small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women, in participating in contracting opportunities created by DOT financial assistance programs.

The Department through its Operating Administrations distributes in excess of $20 billion annually to help finance thousands of projects across the nation. Approximately 85% of the assistance dollars is allocated to State highway and transportation agencies for highway construction.

In 1983, Congress enacted the first disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) statutory provision. This provision required the Department to ensure that at least 10% of the funds authorized for the highway and transit financial assistance programs be expended with DBEs. In 1987, Congress re-authorized and amended the statutory DBE program. In the transportation legislation of that year, Congress, among other changes, added women to the groups presumed to be disadvantaged. Since 1987 DOT has established a single DBE goal, encompassing both firms owned by women and minority group members.

Primarily, three major DOT operating administrations are involved in the DBE program. They are the Federal Highway Administration, The Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. The DOT DBE program is carried out by the state and local transportation agencies under the rules and guidelines in the Code of Federal Regulations. (Title 49, Part 26).

Certification for purposes of the DBE and ACDBE programs should be limited to eligible DBEs and ACDBEs that intend to bid on work as prime or subcontractors on Federal DOT - assisted contracts or airport concessions, respectively, this includes construction work in the transportation industry at large. Federal DOT funding recipients may emphasize this information to applicant firms in State and local agencies and make inquiries into the nature of firm's work and what the firm seeks to achieve with certification. Firms which perform highway construction should complete the application entitled DBE/ACDBE application, Personal Net Worth Statement Form on the Social and Economically Disadvantaged owners, and submit applicable items from applicable items checklist to:

Alabama Department of Transportation
Construction Bureau
1409 Coliseum Blvd
Montgomery, Al 36110

ALUCP DBE List ALUCP Document DBE Policy Statement
DBE Program Document DBE Program Final Rule Federal Financial Assurance Statement
Level Playing Field - Mending Not Ending DBE Proposed FHWA DBE Overall Goal Methodology for 2022-2024 Revisions to DBE Regulations
RFP for DBE Supportive Services SBE Application SBE Brochure
SBE Frequently Asked Questions SBE List  
DBE Application Tripwires DBE/ACDBE Personal Net Worth Statement DBE/ACDBE Uniform Certification Application
Certification Procedures DBE Regulations DBE Application Checklist

Effective February 28, 2011, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) enacted new regulations in regard to Interstate Certification for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) applicants (section 26.85). Firms currently certified in their home state Unified Certification Program may apply for DBE with ALDOT.

For more details regarding Interstate Certification

DBE No Change Affidavit

For questions pertaining to the DBE/Alabama Unified Certification Program OR on applying for DBE Certification with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)contact Walter Carr at 334.242.6242 or 888.297.5305.