Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications are for businesses seeking federally funded transportation related contracting opportunities. Project funding supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transportation Administration (FTA).

  • Certifications do not expire
  • Certification is based on the individual rather than the size of the business

Qualifications for DBE Certification

  • U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted, permanent resident
  • Organized as a for-profit business
  • At least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual
  • Contribution of capital equal to ownership
  • Individual controls and manages the day-to-day operations; includes experience and education
  • Operate and owned independently; must not be dependent on non-disadvantaged firms or individuals
  • Properly licensed (e.g., engineering, architecture, electrician, plumber, construction, etc.) and registered with the Secretary of State
  • Gross annual receipts (3 yr. average) not to exceed $23.98 million
  • Applicant's personal net worth must not exceed $1.32 million (excluding permanent residence and business equity)

*Out-of-State applicants must seek certification in home state before applying in Oregon.

Before You Apply

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How to Apply

Apply for certification online. If you don't have the ability to access the online system, you may file using this Word document. Mail the original application and required documentation to Business Oregon, COBID, 775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301-1280.