Should I Apply?
To achieve DBE status a business must meet the following criteria:
Must be an existing “for-profit" business that is currently operational;
Must meet the federal definition of a small business concern;
Must be an independent business which does not depend on its relationships with another firm or firms. If it is a subsidiary of a corporation, the business must still operate in a self-sufficient manner;
The qualifying owner(s) must meet the federal definition of "socially and economically disadvantaged" individuals;
The qualifying owner(s) must own a minimum of 51% of the company; and have an investment in their company;
The qualifying owner(s) cannot have a net worth that exceeds $1.32 million (excluding the owner's business and primary residence);
The qualifying owner(s) must have day-to-day control of operations and possess an expertise in their work specialty.
How to Apply for DBE Status in Kentucky
The DBE certification process differs depending on if a firm is already DBE certified in other states. Certifying agencies are required to follow the Interstate Certification expectation outlined in 49 CFR §26.85 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
First Time Applicants
First time applicants applying for DBE certification must complete and submit the Unified Certification Program (UCP) application and supporting documentation, then participate in an on-site interview conducted by the agency. If you fail to submit the required documents, your application may be delayed and/or denied. Firms already certified as a DBE in another state will need to follow the DBE Interstate Application process.
DBE Interstate Application
Firms already certified as a DBE in their home state are required to follow the Interstate Certification expectations as outlined in 49 CFR §26.85(c) of the Code of Federal Regulations. You MUST provide a copy of your initial application form, supporting documents, and any other information you submitted to your home state as well as the Kentucky Interstate Affidavit. If you fail to submit the required documents, your application may be delayed and/or denied. Below is a link to the Kentucky Interstate DBE Affidavit and access to the online application process:
If you have any questions regarding DBE Certification or how to apply, you may contact:
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a DBE reciprocity agreement with Indiana DOT for statewide projects allowing DBEs certified in either Kentucky or Indiana to be used for any transportation federal aid project in the partner state. For the most up to date list of DBE's certified in Indiana please click here:
Indiana DBE Directory.
There is also an agreement with Ohio DOT exclusively for the Brent Spence Bridge Project.
DBE Reciprocity Agreements - please click here:
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provides supportive services to DBEs conducting business with or seeking to conduct business with KYTC. Supportive Services are designed to contribute to the growth and business efficiency of DBEs so that they may achieve proficiency in competing for contracts and subcontracts. For more information, please visit the CEI Supportive Service
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