Disadvantaged Business Program


The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program was created to provide a level playing field for minority and women-owned small businesses wishing to do business with TxDOT and other agencies receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) . This program complies with the regulations of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26. Our DBE Policy describes our goals and mission for the program.

The ACDBE (Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) program is similar to the DBE program. ACDBE is a DOT program designed to level the playing field for small businesses wishing to do business with TxDOT and other agencies receiving federal funds through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and wishing to participate in procurement at airports (airside, landside and off-airport). ).

You can apply for DBE and/or ACDBE certification using TxDOT’s Diversity Management System.

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 contract projects throughout the State of Texas in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Parts 26 and 23).

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

You can search the TUCP DBE/SBE directory using TxDOT’s diversity management system.

Here are the general eligibility requirements for DBE and ACDBE certification:

  • 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons
  • Must be a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Personal net worth limit: $1.32 million
  • Gross receipts must not exceed $23.98 million on average over three years (DBE only)
  • Gross receipts must not exceed $56.42 million on average over three years (ACDBE only)
  • The business must be organized as a for-profit business

To note: Members of these groups are presumed to be disadvantaged:

  • Afro-American
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic
  • American by birth
  • Women

Companies certified DBE in highway construction are automatically eligible for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) certification. Qualified companies 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 company’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 [email protected]

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Federal law states that all local governments or entities that receive USDOT funds from unconventional projects must sign a memorandum of understanding with TxDOT allowing them to adopt TxDOT’s federally approved DBE program and comply with federal regulations 49 CFR part 26.

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

Certification/Contract Compliance References

For more information regarding certification and support services, please contact a program specialist at 512-416-4700.


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