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DBE Certification

The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is designed to aid socially and economically disadvantaged businesses to compete for federally-funded transportation contracts on a level playing field. Disadvantaged Businesses benefit from DBE goals set on contracts which require Prime contractors to award a specified percentage of the total cost of a contract to DBEs.

Minority and Women owned businesses who meet the DBE Eligibility Requirements in 49 CFR Part 26 may apply for DBE Certification. DBE Certification applications are processed by the Arizona Unified Certification Program (UCP) which consists of ADOT, the City of Phoenix, and the City of Tucson. DBE applicants must submit their DBE certification and/or any required renewals to the proper certifying entity which is based on the firm’s primary location/address. Applications submitted to the incorrect certifying entity will not be processed. Firms will have to reapply to the correct certifying entity as indicated below to have their application reviewed and processed.

To apply for DBE certification, user’s must first gain access to the ADOT DBE system. To begin, you may create an account in the ADOT DBE System for your firm. To ensure your firm doesn’t have an existing account, you may begin by doing an Account Look up for your firm. Based on your firm’s EIN, this search will show you any existing firm information, as well as any existing user accounts for your firm.

If you have an existing account, you may log in to the ADOT DBE System now and begin your Certification application. If you encounter issues with the ADOT DBE System, you may use the resource links below the Log in area to get help. Firms applying to ADOT that have questions about completing the DBE application should contact Tracee Houston by email or phone at (602) 712-8533.

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If your firm's primary location is in PIMA or MARICOPA County, you use a different system.

Firm location matters:

  • Firms located in Maricopa County must submit their DBE certification application to the City of Phoenix.
  • Firms located in Pima County must submit their DBE certification application to the City of Tucson.
  • All other Firms log in here.
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