The federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program is all about securing equal opportunity in business. Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the program helps businesses classified as small, woman-owned or disadvantaged to compete in a fair environment right alongside larger corporations. Broaden your business opportunities. Apply for your DBE certification today.
Read our DBE Permanent Program Plan (.pdf 461KB) (updated June 2012) for more information. Please note that Attachment B in this plan refers to the DBE Application listed below under 'FORMS'.
DBE Application for the Unified Certification Program with Personal Financial Statement Form .pdf 11MB
Refer to Code of Federal Regulation 49 Part 26 for updates to this application
Original copies of the completed DBE application, including the SBA Form 413 Personal Financial Statement and all supporting documentation, should be mailed to the following address:
Nevada Department of Transportation
Attn: Contract Compliance
1263 South Stewart Street
Carson City NV 89712
SBA Form 413 Personal Financial Statement only .pdf 943KB
Commercially Useful Function Checklist .pdf 100KB
Affadavit of No Change for 2012 .pdf 46KB
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- What is the mission of the Nevada DBE Program?
- Who can be certified? Why should I consider DBE certification? What are the steps to certification?
- What is the criteria to become DBE certified?
- Do you have a separate WBE/MBE Program?
- How long is the certification process from start to finish?
- What is the Nevada Unified Certification Program?
Q: What is the mission of the Nevada DBE Program?
A: In an effort to eliminate inequalities, each state’s Department of Transportation administers the DBE program with one DBE officer presiding as a liaison officer. Here in Nevada, that DBE liaison officer is Yvonne Schuman. She and her staff have a dedicated goal to help eligible businesses become DBE-certified so they can become part of the Nevada Unified Certification Program and participate on federally funded highway construction contracts and other projects shoulder-to-shoulder with major corporations.
You’ll find the DBE’s current procedures and regulations clear, specific and fair. Here are the main factors to determine if you can apply and take advantage of this beneficial government program.
Q: Who can be certified? Why should I consider DBE certification?
What are the steps to certification?
A: We've dedicated a website page to answer these specific question about Who Can Be Certified.
- Personal net worth must be less than $1,320,000.00, excludes the primary residence, and the assets and liabilities of the business
- Meet the small business administration size cap by NAICS Code not to exceed a three year average of $22,410,000.00
- See CFR Title 49, Part 26 for additional information
Q: What is the Nevada Unified Certification Program?
A: The Nevada Unified Certification Program (UCP) is a cooperative effort by all of the U.S. Department of Transportation recipients in the state to provide a one-stop shop for all DBE firms and those looking to do business with Federal Transportation. The Nevada UCP is comprised of the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Commissions (RTC) for Washoe and Clark Counties and the Reno/Tahoe and McCarran Airports.
The Nevada Department of Transportation and the two airports accept DBE applications and conduct certification reviews including on-site visits. Once the reviews are completed, the UCP meets once a month and certifies eligible firms. The agency that processes your application will be the agency you contact for all questions you have regarding your certification. However, your certification will be valid for all of the agencies in the UCP. For example if you are certified with NDOT you can use that certification to bid on a job with McCarran Airport or any of the other agencies.
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Vendor List is available on this website, is fully searchable and can be downloaded in PDF format.
Contact numbers for all of the UCP participants are listed below:
- State of Nevada Department of Transportation – NDOT 775-888-7497
- Regional Transportation Commissions of Washoe County 775-348-0400
- Regional Transportation Commissions of Southern Nevada 702-676-1500
- McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada 702-261-5161
- Reno Tahoe Airport Authorities 775-328-6421