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DBE Certification

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The DBE Certification Program is a Federal Program designed for business owners deemed "socially and economically disadvantaged." To achieve DBE status a business:

  1. Must be an existing "for-profit" business that is currently operational;

  2. Must meet the federal definition of a small business concern;

  3. Must be an independent business which does not depend on its relationships with another firm or firms. If it is a subsidiary of a corporation, the business must still operate in a self-sufficient manner;

  4. The qualifying owner(s) must meet the federal definition of "socially and economically disadvantaged" individuals;

  5. The qualifying owner(s) must own a minimum of 51% of the company; and have an investment in their company;

  6. The qualifying owner(s) cannot have a net worth that exceeds $1.32 million (excluding the owner's business and primary residence);

  7. The qualifying owner(s) must have day-to-day control of operations and possess an expertise in their work specialty.

To apply for certification, you may contact your local certifying entity or:


Ms. Vicki Smith
Certification Mgr. EOO
605 Suwannee St. MS 65
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 414-4746

DBE Certification Links

Note: Once certified you must submit a No Change Declaration annually along with current business taxes (along with affiliates).  Certification can be verified by visiting the DBE Directory as certificates are not issued annually.

Newly certified FDOT DBEs Certified in September 2015
DBE Directory
Biznet UCP Site
DBE Application
Where To Submit Your Application (PDF 48KB)
Unified Certification Program Pamphlet (PDF 295KB)
Unified Certification Program Members (PDF 13.02KB)
Personal Net Worth Statement (PDF 155KB)
No Change Declaration (PDF 25KB) 
Code Sheet Guide

If you have any questions regarding DBE Certification, please contact FDOT Certification Help at DBECert.Help@dot.state.fl.us.


DBE Regulation 49 CFR Part 26
SBA Size Standards
Florida SBDC Network
FDOT Support Service Providers


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