MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE 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. 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/SBE.
  • 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.

Steps to Submit an Application for MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification

  1. Download the UCA.
    • Print or save to your desktop.
  2. Read the instructions for completing the application.
  3. Complete all sections of the application.
    • Do not leave blanks on the application.
    • Note “N/A” in areas that are not applicable.
    • For areas marked as “N/A,” include a brief statement about why that information is not applicable.
  4. USDOT Final Rule PNW Update.
  5. Review the appropriate Document Checklist for submitting applications.
    • These are the official checklists to be used for MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification.
  6. Application Submission:
    • Apply for certification here.
  7. Retain a copy of the entire application package for your files.

Application Assistance

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.

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Optional Application Review

Upon request, OMBE will conduct a 30-minute cursory review of complete certification application and supporting documents. Send written request to mbe@mdot.maryland.gov.