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INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

Current DBE Information

Economic Opportunity Division’s DBE Certification area is going green! Notices to DBEs reflecting their DBE certification status will now be delivered by email. Reminders to submit your Annual Update information will no longer come as letters delivered by the postal service. Instead, you will receive these notices through email as well. DBEs can update their bidder registration profile by logging into Business Registration Number/Bidders Registration under Certification Resources. Because your email program may not recognize messages from INDOT, please check your spam/junk mail folders for these notices. It is your responsibility to know when your update information is due and submit it in a timely fashion, but we understand your appreciation for the reminders and we are glad to continue this service. Note that failure to submit Annual Update information as required will result in an email notification proposing to remove your DBE certification. If you have any questions about your DBE certification status or the annual update process/requirements , feel free to contact Kimberly Sons, INDOT’s DBE Certification Coordinator, at (317) 234-8087 or ksons@indot.in.gov.

Qualifications for DBE Certification

To qualify as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, a firm must be:

  • At least 51 percent owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who:
    • Are US citizens or permanent residents
    • Possess expertise in the field
    • Control the daily business operations
    • Have a personal net worth less than $1,320,000 (excluding the value of their
      primary residence and assets of the firm applying for DBE certification)

  • The following groups are presumed by law to be socially and economically disadvantaged:
    • Black Americans
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Native Americans
    • Asian-Pacific Americans
    • Subcontinent Asian Americans
    • Women

  • A small business as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) which means:
    • The firm's average annual gross receipts may not exceed Small Business Administration size standards
    • In any case a firm's gross receipts may not exceed a $22,410,000 average over the previous three fiscal years

Certification Resources

Note: Applications can be mailed, faxed, or emailed.

    • Mail-Indiana Department of Transportation
      Economic Opportunity Division, DBE Certification
      100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
      Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Fax: 317-233-0891
    • Email: ksons@indot.in.gov or dcasson@indot.in.gov
  • If you are applying for ACDBE Certification, please make a notation in section 2.B.7 stating you would like ACDBE Certification.

    The Federal U.S. Dept of Transportation, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) offers financial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses by providing guaranteed loans through our Short Term Lending Program (STLP) for transportation-related contracts only. By providing loan guarantees, small disadvantaged businesses can receive financial assistance for financing accounts receivable and other short-term costs of performing transportation-related contracts. To be eligible a business must be certified DBE or be a disadvantaged small business, or certified under one of the SBA programs.

  • Annual Update
  • Personal Financial Statement 

    Note: Updates can be mailed, faxed, or emailed.

      • Mail-Indiana Department of Transportation
        Economic Opportunity Division, DBE Certification
        100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
        Indianapolis, IN 46204
      • Fax: 317-233-0891
      • Email: ksons@indot.in.gov or dcasson@indot.in.gov

    Changes to Current Certification

    Certified DBE companies that wish to make changes to their current certification must do so in writing. Changes include adding/removing DBE codes or requesting ACDBE certification. Requests can be sent by e-mail to Derrick Casson or Kimberly Sons or mailed to:

    Indiana Department of Transportation
    Economic Opportunity Division, DBE Certification
    100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 750
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

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