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The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is the State’s Official Certification Agency.

Firms with Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification may meet minority participation goals on state-funded contracts issued by the State of Maryland in addition to contracts funded by counties and cities within Maryland that accept MDOT’s certification for their minority participation programs.

Applicants who submit the Minority Business Enterprise Disclosure Affidavit (application) are evaluated for eligibility in the MBE Program ONLY!

NOTE: Applicants who submit the Uniform Certification Application are evaluated for eligibility in both the MBE and DBE programs simultaneously. The eligibility standards for both programs are very similar and OMBE strongly recommends applicants submit the Uniform Certification Application. 

There is no cost to apply for certification as an MBE/DBE.  It takes several months to complete the entire process once a complete application package has been received. Submitting an incomplete application package will delay the overall certification process.  Please follow the Documentation Checklist appropriate to your business structure and don’t hesitate to contact OMBE with questions at any time.


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.
  MBE/DBE/ACDBE Application Assistance Workshop

To submit an application for MBE certification only:

  • Print the Minority Business Enterprise Disclosure Affidavit (application).

  • Open the required Personal Net Worth Form (PNW). This is the official form to be used for MBE and DBE Certification.  Print and save to your desktop.
  • Read the PNW Overview and the PNW Instructions.
  • Review and print the appropriate Document Checklist.

  • Complete all sections of the Minority Business Enterprise Disclosure Affidavit.  

  • Do not leave blanks on the application.  Note “NA” in areas that are not applicable.

  • For areas marked as “NA,” include a brief statement about why that information is not applicable. 

  • Sign and notarize the Disclosure Affidavit and Statement of Disadvantage for each minority owner.

  • Compile the application and all supporting documents in a folder or binder with tabs correlated to the checklist. 

  • If for any reason you are not providing all required documentation, include a brief written statement under the correlating tab as to why the documents are not provided.

  • Retain a copy the entire application package for your files.

Send the completed application and all supporting documentation to:
Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Minority Business Enterprise
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, MD  21076

Optional Application Review

OMBE staff members are also available to conduct a preliminary review of your application packet at MDOT Headquarters, every Tuesday during regular business hours (excluding the first Tuesday of the month), and by appointment ONLY.  To schedule an appointment, please call (410) 865-1269. 

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