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Unified Certification Program (UCP)

In compliance with 49 CFR Part 26.81 Arizona has established a Unified Certification Program (UCP). ADOT is the lead agency for the Arizona Unified Certification Program (AZUCP). The AZUCP provides "one-stop shopping" to applicants for certification, such that an applicant is required to apply only once for a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) certification that is honored by all recipient agencies in the state. Therefore, certifications by all AZUCP Partner agencies are binding on all agencies receiving federal USDOT funds in the State of Arizona.

The AZUCP is comprised of three certifying agencies: ADOT, City of Phoenix, and City of Tucson.

AZUCP Partners are assigned statewide geographical areas for DBE certification application processing as follows:

  • City of Phoenix – Firms located in Phoenix and greater Maricopa County, AZ
  • City of Tucson - Firms located in Tucson and greater Pima County, AZ
  • ADOT – All other cities and counties in the state of Arizona and all interstate certifications

AZUCP Partners have assigned all ACDBE Certification application processing to City of Phoenix.

All three entities have a signed Operating Agreement to manage the certification program in a consistent manner.

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