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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

Qualifications for DBE Certification

INDOT is the sole certifying agency for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE/ACDBE) programs in the state of Indiana. This means that to participate as a DBE on contracts with funding through FHWA, FAA, or the FTA, a business must first obtain DBE/ACDBE certification. To qualify as a DBE or an ACDBE, as required in 49 CFR part 26 or 23 respectively, 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 $26,290,000 average over the previous three fiscal years

Updated Rule

The Department of Transportation issued a final rule on December 14, 2020, applicable to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program. The rule, effective January 13, 2021, (1) provides an inflation adjustment to the size limit on small businesses participating in the DBE program under 49 CFR Part 26, and (2) implements a statutory change to the size standard pursuant to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

 

1.  The statutory gross receipts cap for certified DBEs specified in 49 CFR §26.65 is adjusted for inflation from $23.98 million to $26.29 million. This adjustment applies to the DBE program only.  If a firm’s gross receipts averaged over the firm’s previous three fiscal years exceeds $26.29 million, then it exceeds the small business size limit for participation in FHWA and FTA-assisted work under the Department’s DBE program. A DBE firm must still meet the size standard(s) appropriate to the type(s) of work the firm seeks to perform in DOT-assisted contracts. These standards vary by industry according to the NAICS code(s) defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

2. As of January 13, 2021, the statutory gross receipts cap does not apply for the purpose of determining a DBE’s eligibility for FAA-assisted projects. DBE firms working on FAA-assisted projects must meet the size standard(s) appropriate to the type(s) of work based solely on the applicable NAICS code(s) size standard(s). Your state UCP DBE/ACDBE directory should clearly indicate which firms are only eligible for counting on FAA-assisted work.

 

The attached rule is not applicable to firms applying for, or that are certified as Airport Concession DBEs (ACDBEs) under 49 CFR Part 23. Please share this information with your certification and DBE program staff, and update your UCP and agency websites reflecting these changes as of January 13, 2021, as appropriate. If you have any questions, please contact the applicable Operating Administration division office, regional staff, or DOT headquarters contacts. 

Applying for a New DBE/ACDBE Certification

NOTE: The application was not designed to be completed on a smartphone.  If you attempt this, you will lose functionality.

NOTE: Our website has recently been updated.  All materials are geared to the previous website and may provide some guidance, but will not be exact.  We are working to resolve this issue.  For an up-to-date guide to the Access Indiana account and getting access to the DBE/ACDBE portal, click here: If you have questions, please contact DBECertification@indot.in.gov

As of July, 2016, new applications for DBE and ACDBE certification will only be processed electronically. To apply you must create an INDOT Technical Application Pathway (ITAP) log-in and request access to the DBE portal in ITAP. Step-by-step instructions can be found at: 

Indiana DBE Directory

Find certified DBEs through the use of the Directory. DBEs may be searched and sorted by company name, NAICS code, DBE category/specialty, INDOT district, and/or DBE code.

Maintaining Your Application

All updates and submissions for your application must be made electronically. See below for instructions. 

Annual Affidavit of No Change

Annually, if there have been no changes in your company, you need to submit your Affidavit of No Change and a copy of your company taxes. For instructions on how to complete the Affidavit of No Change, please click the following link:

Amendment

Go to the My Application page and select the “Edit” button. You have 30 days to complete the amendment before it is deleted.

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Printing Your Certificate

In ITAP, go into the ‘New Application’ side of your file. At the far right side of screen, click on the red icon (view report). 

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You will find a ‘Certificate’ button listed at the bottom, within this pop-up box. Click on the button and your certificate will open and you will be able to print it.

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Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

There are currently two active MOU’s which are designed to simplify the process of obtaining multiple certifications in the State of Indiana. The current MOU’s are in place between INDOT and the Indiana Department of Administration for the statewide M/WBE program, and INDOT and the City of Indianapolis, for its M/WBE program.

Please note, the MOUs are not cross-reciprocal.  They flow only from INDOT DBE certified firms to the M/W programs in place at the Indiana Department of Administration or the City of Indianapolis.  Due to the economic disadvantaged requirements of the DBE program, a company certified by the City of Indianapolis or the Indiana Department of Administration, may not qualify for certification as a DBE.  Therefore, to utilize the MOU agreements with the City or IDOA, a company must first be certified as a DBE through INDOT.

The only DBE certification reciprocity INDOT participates in is the agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

For more information regarding the expedited M/WBE process with IDOA, please visit the Indiana Department of Administration website.  You may also email mwbe@idoa.in.gov or call 317-416-6711.

For more information regarding the expedited M/WBE process with the City of Indianapolis, please visit: https://www.indy.gov/activity/certify-your-minority-women-veteran-disability-owned-business, or contact Fahad Beg at Fahad.Beg@indy.gov

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Contact Information

Derrick Casson
DBE Certification Manager
p: 317-605-8433
dcasson@indot.in.gov

Joy Bozone
DBE Certification Specialist
p: 317-416-0651
JFranklin@indot.in.gov

Michael Rowe
DBE Certification Specialist
p: 317-416-1188
mrowe@indot.in.gov

Kimberly Sons
DBE Certification Specialist
p: 317-416-6190
ksons@indot.in.gov

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