Eligibility requirements and application

​COVID-19 Update:

As of March 25, 2020, DBE staff will have limited access to postal mail.

To ensure your application is received and reviewed, please send DBE certification application materials via email to: DBE_Alert@dot.wi.gov and include “DBE Certification Application” in the subject line.

Who qualifies as a DBE?

Any small business at least 51% owned, operated and fully controlled on a daily basis by a member or members of the groups listed below qualifies.Unified Certification Program

In the case of publicly held firms, a member or members of the listed groups must own at least 51% of the stock issued. Groups includes:

  • African Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Asian-Indian Americans
  • Women

Individuals who are not members of one of the groups above can be found to be socially disadvantaged as defined by Appendix E of 49 CFR Part 26. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 26

Uniform Certification Program (UCP) application packet

First time applicants for DBE certification must:
Fill in the UCP application below and submit the application with all related material to the nearest DBE/Airport Concession DBE (ACDBE) Program Certifying Agency as well as participate in an Onsite Interview conducted by the Certifying Agency.

Click here to view Certifying Agencies

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to U.S. business economy.

SBA's North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code Table


  • Failure to submit all required documents may result in a delay or denial of an application.
  • Out-of-State Firms already certified as a DBE do not have to complete the UCP application form, but may be asked by the certifying agency to provide a copy of their initial application form, supporting documents, and any other information submitted to their home state to obtain certification or to any other state related to their certification.