Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The DBE Program encourages the development and use of companies owned and controlled by minorities, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals on federally-aided highway construction projects. These companies can be contractors, suppliers, or manufacturers with capabilities in the transportation industry. Under the program, select contracts are assigned percentage goals, based on the total dollar amount of the contract, for participation by certified DBE firms. The prime contractor must meet the assigned DBE goal or prove that sufficient good faith efforts were made in an attempt to meet the goal.

To participate in the program, each company must first be certified by the ND Uniform Certification Program (UCP) Board, and every year thereafter, must be reviewed for eligibility.

DBE Certification

Submit a new DBE Certification Application
Instructions for DBE Certification Applicants pdf file
Documents required to complete DBE Certification pdf file
Complete Annual Update/Eligibility Review of DBE Certification
Instructions for DBE Annual Eligibility Review pdf file
DBE Service Category Lookup pdf file

Program Guidance

DBE Application Tips from US Department of Transportation

Application “tripwires” can delay the processing of an application for DBE certification or even lead certifiers to deny an application. To assist DBE certification applicants avoid these errors, we developed a tip sheet. It is a great tool to assist you in the DBE certification process. The sooner you get certified, the sooner you can start competing for more contracts. To view the tip sheet, click here.

DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (YouTube Video)
DBE Certification Frequently Asked Questions pdf file
Civil Rights Certification & Compliance System FAQs
How to use NDDOT's online certification application
DBE Policy Statement pdf file
Last updated May 1, 2015
DBE Program Staff Contacts
DBE Program Administration Manual pdf file


by Publication Date

by Bid Opening Date

Special Provisions

DBE Business Development Program

DBE Supportive Services
DBE Business Boot Camp pdf file
Business Development Resource Partners

DBE Annual Goals/Statistics

DBE Bid Opening Cumulative Statistics pdf file
FHWA FY 2015 - 2017 Triennial DBE Goal Methodology pdf file
Notice of FY 2015- 2017 DBE Goal pdf file
FTA FY 2014-2016 Triennial DBE Goal Setting Methodology pdf file
Updated July, 2014
ND and Surrounding States DBE Goals: Past and Present pdf file