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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Airport Concessions (DBE/ACDBE)

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to provide a level playing field for small, minority- and women-owned companies wanting to do business with TxDOT and other agencies receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This program adheres to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26. Our DBE Policy outlines our goals and mission for the program. 

The Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program is similar to the DBE Program. ACDBE is designed to level the playing field for small businesses wanting to do business with TxDOT and other agencies receiving federal funds through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and wish to participate in contracting opportunities at airports; airside, landside, and off airport.

You may apply for DBE and/or ACDBE certification using TxDOT's Diversity Management System.

Apply for DBE certification

TxDOT is a member of the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP). The TUCP certifies DBEs and ACDBEs for participation in DOT and FAA contracting projects across the State of Texas in compliance with Code of Federal Regulations; 49 CFR Parts 26 and 23.

Businesses interested in becoming certified as a DBE and/or ACDBE must complete and submit an application through the TUCP. Upon approval, DBE-certified companies can be used to meet the DBE goals established for federally-funded contracts. 

You may search the TUCP DBE/SBE directory using TxDOT's Diversity Management System.

The following are general eligibility requirements for DBE and ACDBE certification:

  • Fifty-one percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s).
  • Must be a small business as defined by Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • Personal net worth limit: $1.32 million.
  • Gross receipts must not exceed $23.98 million averaged out over 3 years (DBE only).
  • Gross receipts must not exceed $56.42 million averaged out over 3 years (ACDBE only).
  • Firm must be organized as a for-profit business.

Note: Members of these groups are presumed disadvantaged:

  • African-American.
  • Asian-American.
  • Hispanic.
  • Native American.
  • Women.

DBE certified firms certified in highway construction are automatically eligible for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) certification. The qualified firms certified by TxDOT are not required to submit an application to become SBE certified. 

Annual update

Certification is valid for 3 years from the date of initial certification. However, you must update your certification annually. TxDOT will notify you of upcoming annual updates and it is the firm’s responsibility to ensure that the information in the TUCP directory is correct. Submit the DBE or ACDBE Annual Update Affidavit online using TxDOT's Diversity Management System or download and submit the form to

Memorandum of Understanding

Federal Law mandates that all local governments or entities that receive USDOT funds from non-conventionally let projects must sign an MOU with TxDOT allowing them to adopt TxDOT's federally approved DBE Program and comply with the Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 26.

DBE contract compliance forms and Memorandum of Understanding attachments

Certification/contract compliance references

For more information concerning certification and supportive services, please contact a program specialist at 512-416-4700.