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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


Effective 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. 


Part of the process of “going paperless” was the merger of multiple databases.  If you are an existing DBE, you will need to obtain an ITAP user ID and be granted access to the new DBE/ACDBE portal.  Once there, you must access your application and review it for accuracy.  Please note the verification step will only need to be completed once.  Going forward, any amendments to your application and your annual “No Change” process will be completed through your application in the DBE/ACDBE portal.  Your “No Change Affidavit” will automatically become available during the month it is due after completion of the verification process, and annually thereafter.  Please read the quick reference guide listed below in its entirety before beginning the process.  Our staff will be available to assist you if you have questions.  

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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