Small, Minority & Disadvantaged Business 

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Maryland's Official Certification Agency

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is Maryland's official certification agency for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. We ensure only bona fide MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE firms participate in our program through our comprehensive certification program. Certified firms appear in MDOT's Online Directory of Certified Firms.

Please visit the "Certifications and Forms" page for information on the certification programs and required documentation. Please contact the OMBE office for assistance regarding the certification programs.

Important Messages

The MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification Application Assistance Webinar dates for 2021 have been posted. Registration is now open.

Pursuant to federal regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 23, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking comments on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and overall DBE Participation Goals for State Highway Administration (SHA) & Metropolitan Planning Organizations. In establishing DBE Program Overall goals, federal regulations requires consultation with stakeholders, which include, without limitation, minority and women’s business groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations that may have information concerning the availability of disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for small, minority and disadvantaged firms, and MDOT’s and SHA’s efforts to increase DBE participation. To comply with this requirement, we are seeking stakeholder input through an online survey.

Your input is important and may be used to enhance operations of the DBE Program at MDOT and SHA or impact DBE Participation Goals. Please share this opportunity to take the survey with others who would like to provide input.

Surveys must be completed by June 30, 2021 and can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Small and Minority Business Policy at or 410-865-1298.

The Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Minority Business Enterprise is pleased to announce the implementation of a new Certification Management System (CMS), accessed through a cloud-based web portal. On-line Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), Airport Concession Disadvantage Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) applications for new certifications and Annual Reviews will be processed through this new system. Key features include the following:

  • Online applications for new certifications and annual reviews
  • Enhanced Online Directory with key-word search capabilities
  • Electronic submission of changes to the business firm profile
  • Online training on how to use the system for certification and annual review
  • Ability to submit online technical support ticket 24/7 Click Here - Online Support
OMBE staff can be contacted directly at 410-865-1269 or by email at for general inquires or for Annual Review specific inquiries.

As of January 1, 2021 the Personal Net Worth Cap applied to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program will increase from $1,771,564 to $1,788,677. For more information please click here.

We have been notified of phishing attempts targeting firms listed in our Directory. These phishing attempts include attachments and/or links that are not safe to open/click. If you ever question the validity of any email do not hesitate to contact the Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE).

Phone: 410-865-1269

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