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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)

                                    STEPS TO CERTIFICATION

1.     Application – Applicant submits a complete application and all required supporting documentation.

2.     Investigation – An investigator reviews documentation submitted by applicant, conducts an on-site/job-site visit and prepares an investigative report.

3.     Evaluation – MBE Advisory Committee (MBEAC) reviews the investigative report to evaluate whether the applicant firm meets the MBE/DBE/ACDBE program requirement

4.     Determination – MBEAC Chair issues a written determination.

                                     Important DBE Program Updates

Please refer to our “Resources” Tab and review our updated Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)  Program Manual for changes pertaining to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) Registration.




MBE and DBE Certification

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.



MBE Certification

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%.


DBE Certification

Only DBE-certified firms can fulfill the disadvantaged business participation goals on contracts issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). 


Interstate Certification is available to DBE
frims that already certified by their home state.

ACDBE Certification

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.


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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