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  • DBE Program Information

  • Eligibility Requirements

  • DBE Benefits

  • How to Apply for DBE/ACDBE Certification

  • How to Maintain your DBE Certification

  • How to Apply for Expansion Capability

  • How to Apply for Interstate Certification

  • DBE Directory & DBE Regulations References

  • Contact Us

DBE Program Information

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Information

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a federal program managed by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as set forth in 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 26 and Part 23 to recruit socially and/or economically disadvantaged firms in DOT sponsored projects. The objectives of the program are to:

  • ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  • ensure the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • ensure that only firms that fully meet the eligibility standards are permitted to participate as a DBE;
  • help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;
  • promote the use of DBEs in all types of federally-assisted contracts and procurement activities conducted by recipients;
  • assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program; and
  • provide appropriate flexibility to recipients of Federal financial assistance in establishing and providing opportunities for DBEs.

Any transportation related project, including aviation, highway, or public transportation, which is supported in whole or in part by federal funding, must include an opportunity for DBE participation.

Because the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) receives federal funding from the DOT, it must in turn utilize as much as possible of that funding with the DBEs (small, minority-owned, and/or woman-owned companies). Per 49 CFR Part 26.45, CCRTA has established a DBE program goal of 16% for federal fiscal year 2017-2019; 3% race-neutral and 13% race-conscious participation. CCRTA intends to award at least 16% of its total DOT-assisted contracts with qualified DBE firms through race-neutral and race-conscious means.

CCRTA is a member of the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) which certifies firms in the State of Texas. CCRTA certifies Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBEs and ACDBEs) for participation in DOT and FAA contracting projects in compliance with 49 CFR Parts 26 and 23.  A business must first obtain DBE or ACDBE certification to participate on contracts with funding in whole or in part through FHWA, FTA, and FAA.

The following are the certifying agencies of the TUCP:

  • City of Austin
  • City of Houston
  • Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA)
  • North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA)
  • South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA)
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Please refer to the TUCP – Certifying Agency Region Map to determine the certifying agency with which to apply.

TUCP- CERTIFYING AGENCY REGION MAP

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for DBE Certification:

To qualify as a DBE or an ACDBE, as required in 49 CFR Parts 26 or 23 respectively, the following criteria must be met:

Socially and Economically Disadvantage

  • The following groups are presumed by law to be socially and economically disadvantaged:
    • Women
    • Black Americans
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Native Americans
    • Asian-Pacific Americans
    • Subcontinent Asian Americans
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Personal net worth of individual claiming disadvantage must not exceed $1.32 million (excluding the value of his/her primary residence and value of the applicant firm)

Business Size

  • A small business, as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • The firm’s average annual gross receipts over the previous three fiscal years must not exceed $23.98 million for DBE and $56.42 million for ACDBE

Ownership and Control

  • At least 51% owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals
  • Control and manage the daily business operations

Please refer to 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26 – Subpart D Certification Standards for further information.

DBE Benefits

DBE Benefits

  • Applicants need only apply once for DBE certification that will be honored by all recipients in the state. Reciprocity with other Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) members includes Texas Department of Transportation, City of Houston, North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, and South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
  • Registers your business with Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide DBE Directory
  • DBE Certification enables qualified vendors to bid not only on CCRTA projects, but the opportunity to bid statewide for all DOT transportation modes, including Aviation, Highways, and Public Transportation.
  • DBE Certification also provides your company with numerous other benefits such as contract information, referrals, technical assistance, and referrals to prime contractors.

How to Apply for DBE/ACDBE Certification

Applying for a NEW DBE/ACDBE Certification:

Businesses interested in becoming DBE certified have two options to apply:

CCRTA has created a certification application portal that will allow your business to apply through a completely automated process.

CCRTA recommends that business owners should gather required information for certification prior to beginning the certification process. For required documents, please refer to:

DBE New Application Document Checklist

To start your certification application process:

DBE Certification Online Application

Please ensure your firm doesn’t have any existing account. You may begin by doing an Account Lookup after you open the certification portal based on your business name or your firm’s EIN. This search will show you any existing firm information including any existing user accounts for your firm. If you have an existing account, you may log in and begin or continue your Certification application. If you encounter issues, you may use the resource links beside the Log in area to get help.

  • Hard Copy Application

Please complete the applications below in PDF (fillable) forms and submit/mail complete packet including ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS to:  CCRTA- DBE Office at 602 N. Staple Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.

DBE Uniform Certification Application

Personal Net Worth Statement Form

How to Maintain your DBE Certification

Maintaining Your DBE Certification:

DBE/ACDBE Certifications do not expire; however, DBE certified firms are required annually on their certification anniversary date to submit their Annual Update/Affidavit confirming that there has been no major change in the firm’s circumstances in order to maintain DBE/ACDBE certification. A copy of the firm’s most recent tax return including its affiliates must be submitted with the Annual Update.

There are two options to submit your Annual Update Form and Affidavit:

  • Online Application (Highly Recommended)
  • Hard copy application – please complete the form below and mail or deliver the completed form and supporting documents to the CCRTA- DBE Office.

ACDBE-DBE Certification Annual Update Form and Affidavit

How to Apply for Expansion Capability

Applying for Certification Expansion Capability (additional work codes):

For DBE certified firms applying for an expansion of businesses must submit their application ONLINE together with the following required documents:

  • Resume of owner(s), officers of firm and key personnel
  • Copies of contracts, invoices, and purchase orders verifying the performance of the requested work codes
  • Copies of applicable license(s) pertaining to the requested work codes
  • List of equipment owned/leased by firm used to perform the requested work codes
  • And any other applicable documents supporting the requested work codes
  • Completed and signed Expansion Form

DBE Expansion of Certification Capability Request form

How to Apply for Interstate Certification

Interstate DBE Certifications

For firms applying for an Interstate Certification, the firm must already be a DBE certified in their home state. If not, your application will be returned. Interstate Certification may be submitted ONLINE (through CCRTA’s certification portal) or by mailing a complete application packet.  A completed and notarized INTERSTATE CERTIFICATION AFFIDAVIT must be included in your application packet.

Additional documents to be uploaded electronically or mailed:

(1) A complete copy of the DBE Uniform application form, all supporting documents, and any other information you have submitted to State A (your home state) or any other state related to your firm’s certification. This includes affidavits of no change (see §26.83(j)), updated tax documents, and any notices of changes (see §26.83(i)) that you have submitted to your home state, as well as any correspondence you have had with your home state’s UCP or any other recipient concerning your application or status as a DBE firm.

(2) You must also any notices or correspondence from states other than your home state relating to your status as an applicant or certified DBE in those states. For example, if you have been denied certification or decertified in another state, or subject to a decertification action there, you must inform us of this fact and provide all documentation concerning this action.

(3)  If you have filed a certification appeal with DOT (see §26.89), you must inform CCRTA of the fact and provide your letter of appeal and DOT’s response to CCRTA.

Interstate Certification Affidavit

DBE Directory & DBE Regulations References

TUCP DBE Directory

The Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) Directory is a consolidated list of DBE/ACDBE firms that have been certified in the State of Texas. The TUCP DBE Directory is published to help contractors and consultants identify subcontractors and subconsultants eligible to participate on federally funded contracts towards the attainment of DBE goals.  DBEs/ACDBEs may be searched by business name, business description, commodity /work codes or by location.

DBE Directory

49 CFR Part 26 – DBE Program Regulations

49 CFR Part 23 – Airport Concessions DBE Program Regulation

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes

Contact Us

Contact Information

For certification applications or additional information about the DBE program certification process, please contact the following:

Christina A. Perez

DBE/EEO Compliance Officer
Phone: 361.289.2712 extn 3461
Email: cperez@ccrta.org

Laura Yaunk

DBE Certification Specialist
Phone: 361.289.2712 extn 3521
Email: lyaunk@ccrta.org

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