The mission of the DBE Supportive Services Center is to provide services to DBE firms to enable them to acquire the proficiency, expertise and experience necessary to compete on an equal basis, with non-DBE firms for federally-assisted PennDOT contracts and subcontracts.
DBE Certification in Pennsylvania
Certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) / Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) is awarded by the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP). The PA UCP makes all certification decisions on behalf of all agencies/organizations in the Commonwealth with respect to participation in the DBE Program. You can visit the PA UCP website for more information and one-stop shopping for certification forms, as well as, search the Certified PA UCP directory for certified DBE / ACDBE firms.
Firms certified as DBE / ACDBE with the PA UCP are eligible to participate on any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded contracts as a DBE / ACDBE.
Benefits of Being DBE Certified
To remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets, a statutory provision requires the federal DOT to ensure that at least 10% of the funds authorized for the highway and transit financial assistance programs be expended with DBEs. DOT has established a single DBE goal, encompassing both firms owned by women and minority group members.
DBE certified firms enjoy:
- Greater visibility to contractors and consultants looking to utilize DBE firms to meet goals on federally assisted transportation projects
- Access to free training and consulting services through the DBE Supportive Services Center
- DBE certification which is recognized by many state, regional, and local diverse, minority, and women business programs
DBE Firm Eligibility
You may be eligible to participate as a DBE / ACDBE if you answer “Yes” to all of the following questions:
Steps to DBE Certification
If your firm is located in the state of Pennsylvania, the certification process follows:
- Download and complete DBE Initial Application form
- Download and complete DBE PNW (Personal Net Work Statement)
- Submit these to one of the five certifying agencies
- A site visit will be scheduled
- The review process may take up to five (5) months
- The company will be notified of its certification status
These forms require a signature, notary and date after printing. All forms must be printed and mailed to one of the Certifying Participants for processing.
If your firm is located outside of Pennsylvania, you must be certified as a DBE in your home state before initiating this process. The applicant firm must provide requested information along with the DBE / ACDBE Interstate Certification Affidavit to any one of the five certifying participants listed on www.paucp.com. The applicant firm can download and complete the Interstate Certification Checklist and Affidavit which stipulates:
- You must provide a complete copy of the Uniform Certification Application, all supporting documents, and any other information you have submitted to your home state (State A) related to your firm’s certification to the PA UCP (State B). This includes affidavits of no change (see §26.83(j)) and any notices of change (see §26.83(i)) that you have submitted to State A, as well as any correspondence you have had with State A or any other recipient concerning your application or status as a DBE / ACDBE firm.
- You must also provide any notices or correspondence from states other than State A relating to your status as an applicant or certified DBE / ACDBE in those states. If, for example, you have been denied certification or decertified in any other state, or subject to a decertification action, you must inform the PA UCP of this fact and provide all documentation concerning this action.
- If you have filed a certification appeal with DOT (see §26.89), you must inform the PA UCP of the fact and provide your letter of appeal and DOT’s response.
- You must submit an affidavit sworn to by the firm’s owners before a person who is authorized by State law to administer oaths or an unsworn declaration executed under penalty of perjury of the laws of the United States. (i) This affidavit must affirm that you have submitted all the information required by 49 CFR 26.85(c) and the information is complete and, in the case of the information required by §26.85(c)(1), is an identical copy of the information submitted to State A