Should You Apply?
You may be eligible to participate in the DBE program if:
- Your firm is a for-profit business (corporation or LLC) owned by a disadvantaged individual who is a U.S. citizen (or legal resident) and a member of a socially and economically disadvantaged group.
- The disadvantaged individual must have a Personal Net Worth of less than $1,320,000 excluding ownership interest in the applicant firm and equity in their primary residence.
- Your firm is at least 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s) who also controls it.
- Your firm’s disadvantaged owners are U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the U.S.
- Your firm meets the Small Business Administration’s size standard and does not exceed $28.48 Million in gross annual receipts.
How To Apply?
First time applicants for DBE certification must complete and submit a certification application and related material to the NMDOT and participate in an on-site interview conducted by the agency.
The U.S. DOT document checklist found at https://bit.ly/Certcklst may be helpful in preparing for the application process.
If you fail to submit the required documents, your application may be delayed and/or denied. Firms already certified in another state as a DBE must submit an affidavit and letter of certification from home state to obtain certification from NMDOT.
Where do I submit my application?
Where can I find more information?
- NMDOT STAR website: https://nmdotstar.com/links/ or contact NMDOT at DBE.CERT@state.nm.us
- U.S. DOT—https://www.transportation.gov/civil-rights
- SBA—Small Business Size Standards matched to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS): http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/ and http://www.sba.gov/content/table-small-business-size-standards.