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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. Applicants can also elect to be evaluated for ACDBE certification in addition to the MBE and DBE Certifications.

  • There is no cost to apply for certification as an MBE/DBE/ACDBE.
  • 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.  
  • Follow the Documentation Checklist appropriate to your business structure. 
  • 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/SBE Application Assistance Workshop

To submit an application for MBE and DBE certification:

  • Open the Uniform Certification Application. Print or save to your desktop.
  • Read the instructions for completing the application.
  • Complete all sections of the application.  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.
  • Read the PNW Instructions  and PNW Overview for guidance on completion of the PNW.  Open the required Personal Net Worth Form (PNW). This is the official form to be used for MBE and DBE Certification. Print or save to your desktop.
  • Review the appropriate Document Checklist.  These are the official checklists to be used for MBE and DBE Certification.
  • If submitting online, follow the instructions provided here.
  • If submitting by mail, compile the application, PNW, and all required documentation 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 of the entire application package for your files.

Send the completed application and all required 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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