Compliance Programs - DOTD DBE Certification
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to remedy past and current discrimination against DBE firms. The intention is to level the playing field for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals wanting to do business with the DOTD on U.S. Department of Transportation federally assisted projects.
The Compliance Programs Section, Certification Unit, certifies businesses capable of performing services and/or products which can be credited toward DBE goals. The certification process ensures that only qualified small business firms that are independently owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals are certified for this program. The first step in the certification process is to complete and submit a DBE application.
Unified Certification Program (UCP)
In order to comply with regulatory mandates, our department has collectively joined with the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the Orleans Levee District, and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority to develop and implement uniform procedures for DBE certification. This program eliminates the necessity for DBE firms to complete multiple applications, as certification decisions are reciprocally accepted throughout the UCP membership in Louisiana. Any firm may apply with our department; however, the other 3 agencies listed above are restricted by geographic location. Our department is recognized as the certifying agent for all airports and transit authorities located within the boundaries of Louisiana who have contracting opportunities in excess of $250,000.00 annually. This authority excludes those entities mentioned in the previous paragraph.
For further information on the UCP, or to download a DBE application, please go to:
||225-379-1762||DBE/SBE Program Manager
||225-379-1922||DBE Certification Program Specialist