Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
To apply for DBE/ACDBE, apply online here.
What is a DBE?
In order to qualify to participate as a DBE/ACDBE, a firm must meet these qualifications:
- The firm is a for-profit business that performs or seeks to perform transportation related work (for a concession activity) for a recipient of Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, or Federal Aviation Administration funds.
- It must be 51% owned and controlled by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
- The firm's disadvantaged owners are U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the U.S.
- It must be a small business, as defined by the Small Business Administration’s regulations and does not exceed $23.98 million in gross annual receipts for DBE ($56.42 million for ACDBEs). (Other size standards apply for ACDBE that are banks/financial institutions, car rental companies, pay telephone firms, and automobile dealers.)
Who is a DBE?
Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals are those individuals who are citizens of the United States (or lawfully admitted permanent residents) and who are:
- Black Americans, i.e., persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
- Hispanic Americans, i.e., persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South America, or of Spanish, or Portuguese origin.
- Native Americans, i.e., persons who are American Indians, Eskimo, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians.
- Asian-Pacific Americans, i.e., persons of Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Filipino, Samoan, Guamanian, Northern Merianas, and the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands origin.
- Asian-Indian Americans, i.e., persons of Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladesh origin.
- Any other minorities or individuals found to be disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration.
Types of Work
When applying for DBE Certification, you must indicate the type of work your firm is capable of performing. You must be able to verify that you can control the firm with respect to the type of work. The general work categories are:
Paving - includes concrete paving, asphalt paving, and concrete incidentals.
Grading and Drainage - includes surface course, clearing and grubbing, excavation, demolition, removal, base and subbase course, and bedding materials.
Structures - includes bridges, retaining walls, roadway structures, and buildings.
Erosion Control - includes sodding, seeding, temporary erosion control, landscaping, mulching.
Fencing and Guardrail - includes right-of-way fencing and guardrail placement.
Material Suppliers - includes suppliers of aggregates, fence, etc.
Hauling - trucking firms and owner-operators.
Traffic Control - includes signs, barricades, markers, devices, etc. Construction Staking.
Professional Services - includes engineering, architectural, right-of-way, urban planning, surveying, construction inspection, etc.
Other Construction Specialties - miscellaneous not elsewhere classified.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) ensures that no person or groups of persons shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, retaliation or genetic information, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any and all programs, services, or activities administered by ODOT, its recipients, sub-recipients, and contractors. To request an accommodation please contact the ADA Coordinator at 405-521-4140 or the Oklahoma Relay Service at 1-800-722-0353.