Business Engagement and Compliance

Business Registration and DBE Certification

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Certification Overview

Certify as a DBE

Companies that meet the requirements found in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 26 can be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) to work on transportation projects in the state of Arizona. Some of the requirements include, but are not limited to, these conditions:

  • The company owner must be a U.S. citizen (or resident alien) and be a member of a socially or economically disadvantaged group, as defined in 49 CFR, Part 26.
  • The disadvantaged individual must have a personal net worth (PNW) of less than $1,320,000.
  • For construction-related work, a company (including its affiliates) must not have average annual gross receipts over the company's previous three fiscal years in excess of $23,980,000. The company must be a for-profit on-going small business where socially and economically DBE owner(s) own at least a 51 percent interest and have managerial and operational control of the business operations.
  • The socially and economically DBE owner(s) must possess the power to direct or cause the direction to the management and policies of the company and to make both day-to-day and long-term decisions on matters of management, policy and operations.
  • If state or local law requires the persons to have a particular license or other credential to own and/or control a certain type of company, then the socially and economically disadvantaged persons who own and control a potential DBE company of that type must possess the required license or credential.

To begin the online DBE certification process online, select the appropriate agency based on your location as AZUCP Partners are assigned statewide geographical areas for DBE certification application processing as follows:

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Update DBE Certification

Companies that are already certified DBEs need to complete an annual update to maintain their DBE certification. Please note that companies that do not complete the DBE update process by June 30 of each year will be decertified and have their DBE status deactivated. Click the links below and select Option 2.

Arizona Unified Certification Program (AZ UCP)

AZ Unified Transportation Registration and Certification Partners

49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 26.81 required all recipients of funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in each state to work together to implement a Unified Certification Program (UCP). The UCP provides a "one-stop shopping" mechanism for DBE certification, which means that an applicant for DBE certification can certify through one certifying entity in the state and that certification is recognized by all recipients of FAA, FHWA and FTA funds in the state. Each state has its own UCP. In support of this requirement, the state of Arizona established a UCP Committee comprised of the three DBE certifying entities in the state of Arizona: ADOT, the city of Phoenix and the city of Tucson.

DBE certification by any of these entities is recognized as valid in the state of Arizona. Take the opportunity to explore the websites of UCP partners below.

ADOT logo 
Arizona Department of Transportation
Business Engagement and Compliance Office
1801 W. Jefferson St. Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.7761

 City of Phoenix Logo
City of Phoenix
Equal Opportunity Department
Business Relations Division 
251 W. Washington St.
Seventh Floor 
Phoenix, AZ 85003 
Phone: 602.262.6790
TTY: 602.534.1557

 City of Tucson logo
City of Tucson
Department of Procurement
City Hall
255 W. Alameda, 6th Floor West
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520.791.4217
Fax: 520.791.4735

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Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.