Small, Minority & Disadvantaged Business 

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Maryland's Official Certification Agency

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is Maryland's official certification agency for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. We ensure only bona fide MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE firms participate in our program through our comprehensive certification program. Certified firms appear in MDOT's Online Directory of Certified Firms.

Please visit the "Certifications and Forms" page for information on the certification programs and required documentation. Please contact the OMBE office for assistance regarding the certification programs.

Our Mission

The Maryland Department of Transportation is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, exceptional, and inclusive transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.


Important Messages

Online DBE Survey and Stakeholder Public Listening Sessions

Pursuant to federal regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 23, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking comments on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and overall goals for Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). In establishing DBE Program overall goals, federal regulations require consultation with stakeholders, which include, without limitation, minority and women’s business groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations that may have information concerning the availability of disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for small, minority and disadvantaged firms, and MDOT’s, MAA and MTA’s efforts to increase DBE participation. To comply with this requirement, we are seeking stakeholder input through a survey and public meetings called Listening Sessions.

Your input is important and may be used to enhance operations of the DBE Program at MDOT, MAA and MTA Please fill out the Survey and register to participate in one of our four Public Listening Sessions where you can provide feedback virtually.

The online surveys must be completed by October 7, 2022 and can be accessed here.

The Public Listening Sessions are scheduled as follows:

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Small and Minority Business Policy at mdotmbeoutreach@mdot.maryland.gov or 410-865-1298.
Phone: 410-865-1269

** ATTENTION** If you receive an email with the subject line “Maryland DOT MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certified & Approved Firms {SECURED} Notice” with a link please ignore. This is SPAM and has been reported to MDOT’s IT Department. Do Not Click on any links or send any information to a dropbox and delete the message. If you ever question the validity of any email do not hesitate to contact the Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE).

Email: mbe@mdot.maryland.gov
Phone: 410-865-1269

The MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification Application Assistance Webinar dates for 2022 have been posted. Registration is now open! 2022 MBE/DBE/ACDBE AAW Schedule

The Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Minority Business Enterprise is pleased to announce the implementation of a new Certification Management System (CMS), accessed through a cloud-based web portal. On-line Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantage Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) applications for new certifications and Annual Reviews will be processed through this new system. Key features include the following:

  • Online applications for new certifications and annual reviews
  • Enhanced Online Directory with key-word search capabilities
  • Electronic submission of changes to the business firm profile
  • Online training on how to use the system for certification and annual review
  • Ability to submit online technical support ticket 24/7 Click Here - Online Support
OMBE staff can be contacted directly at 410-865-1269 or by email at MBE@mdot.maryland.gov for general inquires or mbereview@mdot.maryland.gov for Annual Review specific inquiries.

CHANGE IN 3-YEAR MEASURE to 5-YEAR MEASURE for NAICS CODE SIZE CALCULATIONS

The Small Business Administration (SBA) amended the regulation by which SBA establishes how a business meets size standards for a particular NAICS code. Effective January 6, 2022, the period has been changed from 3 years to 5 years.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) DBE size cap found at 49 C.F.R. 26.65(b) is still subject to the 3-year gross receipts average.

As of January 1, 2022 the Personal Net Worth Cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program will increase from to $1,788,677 to $1,847,024. For more information please click here.

For more information including application instructions visit the SBA's Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource Webpage


SHA FFYs 2023-2024 MAA DBE FFYs 2020-2022 MAA ACDBE FFYs 2021-2023 MAA ACDBE FFYs 2021-2023 MTA FFYs 2023-2025 MDOT- TSO Planning FFYs 2022-2024

Overall 26.39%

Overall 27.5%

Non-Car Rental Overall 30.32%

Car Rental Overall 3.56%

Overall 30.0%

Overall 26.2 %

Race Conscious 22.90%

Race Conscious 26.11%

Race Conscious 25.80%

Race Conscious 3.35%

Race Conscious 26.98%

Race Conscious 19.2%

Race Neutral 3.49%

Race Neutral 1.39%

Race Neutral 4.52%

Race Neutral 0.21%

Race Neutral 3.02%

Race Neutral 7.0%


MDOT-Planning has proposed the following DBE Goal for FFYs 2022-2024 for the Unified Planning Work Programs (UPWPs) of each Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), USDOT funded projects.

MDOT-SHA is proposing the following DBE Goal for FFYs 2022-2024. If there are any questions, please contact the MBE Office at mdotmbeoutreach@mdot.maryland.gov and/or call 410-865-1298.


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