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Apply for DBE Certification

TxDOT is a member of the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP). The TUCP certifies DBEs and ACDBEs for participation in DOT and FAA contracting projects across the State of Texas in compliance with Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Parts 26 and 23).

Businesses interested in becoming certified as a DBE and/or ACDBE must complete and submit an application through the TUCP. Upon approval, DBE-certified companies can be used to meet the DBE goals established for federally-funded contracts. 

You may search the TUCP DBE/SBE Directory using TxDOT's Diversity Management System.

The following are general eligibility requirements for DBE and ACDBE certification:

  • 51-percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s)

  • Must be a small business as defined by Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Personal Net Worth Limit: $1.32 million

  • Gross receipts must not exceed $23.98 million averaged out over three years (DBE only)

  • Gross receipts must not exceed $56.42 million averaged out over three years (ACDBE only)

  • Firm must be organized as a for-profit business


Note: Members of these groups are presumed disadvantaged:

  • African-American

  • Asian-American

  • Hispanic

  • Native American

  • Women


DBE certified firms certified in highway construction are automatically eligible for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) certification. The qualified firms certified by TxDOT are not required to submit an application to become SBE certified. 

Annual Update

Certification is valid for three years from the date of initial certification. However, you must update your certification annually. TxDOT will notify you of upcoming annual updates and it is the firm’s responsibility to ensure that the information in the TUCP Directory is correct. Submit the DBE or ACDBE Annual Update Affidavit online using TxDOT's Diversity Management System or download and submit the form to

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Federal Law mandates that all Local Governments or Entities that receive USDOT funds from non-conventionally let projects must sign an MOU with TxDOT allowing them to adopt TxDOT's federally approved DBE Program and comply with the Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 26.


DBE Contract Compliance Forms and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Attachments


Certification/Contract Compliance References

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