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The Maryland Department of Transportation's Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) is the State's official certification agency for firms seeking  status as a:

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

Only MBE-certified firms can fulfill the minority participation goals established on State-funded contracts.  Maryland's MBE participation goal for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 is 29%.

Only DBE-certified firms can fulfill the disadvantaged business participation goals on contracts issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).  DBE goals range from 23% - 27% and are adjusted every three years.  USDOT-assisted contracts are implemented through the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), the State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Mass Transit Administration (MTA).


Interstate Certification is available to DBE firms that are already certiified by their home state.  Follow this DBE Interstate Certification link for further information.

Only ACDBE-certified firms can fulfill the disadvantaged business participation goals on concessionaire contracts administered through the Maryland Aviation Administration.  ACDBE goals range from 7% - 37% and are adjusted every three years.

OMBE highly recommends applicants complete the Uniform Certification Application for firms seeking both MBE and DBE certification.  OMBE will use this single application to evaluate candidates for eligibility in both programs simultaneously, eliminating the need to submit two separate applications.

OMBE conducts a free workshop every month to help applicants confidently prepare the application and navigate the certification process.  Follow the link below for more information and to register.
Application Assistance Workshop


MBE and DBE Certification

Firms seeking both MBE and DBE Certification should complete the Uniform Certification Application.   


MBE Certification

The Minority Business Enterprise Disclosure Affidavit should be completed by applicants seeking MBE certification only.  Since the eligibility standards are similar, OMBE recommends applicants submit the Uniform Certification Application for consideration of both MBE and DBE certification.

DBE Certification

Firms seeking certification as a DBE only should submit the Uniform Certification Application and inform the investigation officer of his/her desire to be considered for DBE certification only.

ACDBE Certification

The Airport Concessions Uniform Certification Application should be completed by firms seeking certification as an ACDBE.


SBE Certification 

The Small Business Enterprise Certification is a race and gender neutral program. 

Firms that are currently certified as DBEs will automatically be certified as SBEs and need not take any further action.


Expansion of Services Request

MDOT certified firms that add new products or services are encouraged to expand existing NAICS codes by requesting an Expansion of Services.

                              Important Notice to Out-of-State Firms

Firms headquatered outside of Maryland must be certified by a state governmental agency in your home state before applying for certification in Maryland.  Out-of-State firms must also be registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

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