Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(DBE and ACDBE) Certification 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) 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

To Qualify

The business must

and the business owner must

The business owner also should expect a site visit, which includes office, shop, and job site when applicable [49 CFR 26.83]

How to Apply

  1. Use the checklist to gather all necessary records.
  2. Read about common mistakes and ommissions to avoid,PDF which delay the processing of your application.
  3. Go to Business Oregon's vendor to access the e-application and apply for DBE Certification

If you do not have the ability to access the e-application process please send us an email to receive a hard copy application.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page

Applicant(s) Must Be Able to Meet the Following:

1. Majority ownership (ACDBE, DBE, M/WBE, and SDV)
2. Overall management and control of the firm
3. Overall understanding of, and managerial and technical competence related to firm's services


Please Note:

  • All communication must occur with the applicant/owner
  • Applications may take up to 90 days and it is not possible to expedite. Processing occurs on complete applications and in the order received.
  • Complete application means all documents are signed, complete copies of all tax documents filed with the IRS; taxes for all affiliate businesses are also required; proof of licensing (i.e., CCB, engineering, electrical, etc.); resumes must include the applicant's technical competence and experience related to the firm.
  • Valid proof of ethnicity/gender: valid driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport. Documents obtained through DNA analysis (e.g., 23 and Me) are not accepted.
  • The applicant/owner must sign affidavits and applications.
  • If you do not have a mandatory/required document, upload a document containing a summary explaining why the document is not available.

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