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INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

Qualifications for DBE Certification 

To qualify as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, a firm must be:

  • At least 51 percent owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who:
    • Are US citizens or permanent residents
    • Possess expertise in the field
    • Control the daily business operations
    • Have a personal net worth less than $1,320,000 (excluding the value of their
      primary residence and assets of the firm applying for DBE certification)
  • The following groups are presumed by law to be socially and economically disadvantaged:
    • Black Americans
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Native Americans
    • Asian-Pacific Americans
    • Subcontinent Asian Americans
    • Women
  • A small business as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) which means:
    • The firm's average annual gross receipts may not exceed Small Business Administration size standards
    • In any case a firm's gross receipts may not exceed a $23,980,000 average over the previous three fiscal years

Certification Resources


Beginning July 11, 2016, new applications for DBE and ACDBE certification will only be processed electronically.  Please review the instructions for accessing the ITAP and Electronic Certification Database procedures. 

Instructions for Enrollment into ITAP

After this date, INDOT will no longer be able to accept new applications via mail or email. 


Beginning August 1, 2016 and continuing for the next twelve months, certification staff will contact current DBE’s and ACDBE’s to assist in processing the “No Change Affidavit” during the month of your certification anniversary. 

Please see the message sent to all current DBE’s on July 11, 2016 for further instructions.  


The Federal U.S. Dept of Transportation, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) offers financial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses by providing guaranteed loans through our Short Term Lending Program (STLP) for transportation-related contracts only. By providing loan guarantees, small disadvantaged businesses can receive financial assistance for financing accounts receivable and other short-term costs of performing transportation-related contracts. To be eligible a business must be certified DBE or be a disadvantaged small business, or certified under one of the SBA programs.

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