The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a federal program operating under the guidance of the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). Authorization for the program comes from 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26; "Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in U.S. Department of transportation (DOT) Financial Assistance Programs." As recipient of federal transportation funds, Access Services has established a DBE Program for its DOT-assisted projects.
The DBE Program creates a level playing field on which disadvantaged businesses can compete fairly. The Program ensures that qualified businesses have an equal opportunity to compete for, and participate in, the performance of all DOT-funded contracts and subcontracts. It also assures that all contracts and procurements will be administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin.
Pursuant to Race-Neutral DBE policy directives issued by the U.S. DOT in response to a recent Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision (Western States Paving Co. v. Washington State Department of Transportation), Access has implemented a wholly Race-Neutral DBE Program. Under a Race-Neutral DBE Program, Access may no longer advertise DOT-assisted contracts containing numeric race-conscious goals or require a Proposer to utilize DBEs as a condition of award. Race-neutral DBE participation includes any time a DBE obtains a prime contract through customary competitive procurement procedures or is awarded a subcontract on a prime contract that does not carry a DBE goal.
Access continues to strongly encourage the participation of DBE firms in its DOT-assisted contracts.
The Access DBE Policy is available at: DBE Policy
In order to meet the eligibility standards of the DBE Program, your business must be:
The assumption is that an individual is both socially and economically disadvantaged if s/he is a citizen, or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States, AND is:
Additionally, an individual can demonstrate that s/he is socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.
It is no longer necessary to apply at more than one agency. If your firm meets the criteria for certification, it will be entered into the Database of DBEs for all U.S. DOT grantees in California. Only firms currently certified as eligible DBEs may participate in the DBE programs of U.S. DOT grantees of California.
The California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) has established two Regional DBE Certification Clusters throughout the State to effectively facilitate statewide DBE certification activities. Please forward your completed certification packet to one of the agencies serving the county where your firm has its principal place of business (refer to list of Certifying Agencies). You can access the CUCP application by visiting
or by clicking below:
Applicants will be required to provide the following documents together with the completed application. (NOTE: May not be all inclusive):
Following submission and processing of the vendor's application package, a DBE representative will schedule a site visit. Your DBE Certification will be determined following this site visit.
Please click on the website link below for a roster of DBE certifying agencies. Please forward your completed certification packet to one of the agencies serving the county where your firm has its principal place of business (note this information is subject to change):