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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.



SBE Certification 

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

Certified DBEs will automatically be certified as SBEs, but all other firms must apply for SBE certification. 

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
firms that are already certified by their homestate.

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.



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 headquartered outside of Maryland must be certified by a state governmental agency in your home state before applying for certification in Maryland. However, eligibility for certification does not mean that a firm meets all of the requirements needed to do business in the State. Certified out-of-State firms may also need to meet other requirements in order to do business in Maryland, such as being registered and in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

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