How to Get Certified as a Minority Business Enterprise
- Your business must be small as defined by Small Business Administration standards
- Your business must have annual average gross receipts less than $28.48 million over the previous 3 fiscal years
- As the owner of the company, your personal net worth (not including primary residence and ownership in the business) cannot exceed $1.32 million
- You must belong to at least one minority group:
- African American
- Asian American
- Native American
- Pacific Islander
- Name and basic contact information of your business, including address, phone, email, and website
- Brief description of the products and services your company provides
- Relevant North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for your business
- Federal tax ID number
- Number of employees
- Gross receipts for the previous 3 years
- Information about the company’s owner, including name, address, minority group, financial ownership of company, and any relationships to other companies
- Information about the company’s officers and board of directors, including name, title, date appointed, minority group, gender, and duties
- Inventory of company property, including equipment, vehicles, office space, and storage space
- Company financial and banking information
- Signed and notarized affidavit from each company owner
- Download the application and personal financial statement from the Georgia Department of Transportation website.
- Complete the application, personal financial statement, and include all required supporting documentation specified in the application.
- Each owner must sign and notarize the Affidavit of Certification included with the application.
- Mail your complete application packet to GDOT at the following address:
Georgia Department of Transportation
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
- When GDOT receives your application packet, it will be checked for missing documentation. If more than 4 documents are missing, your packet will be returned. GDOT may contact you to ask for additional documentation or information.
- If your packet is complete, GDOT will assign a DBE coordinator who will arrange a date and time to conduct an on-site or virtual visit to verify documentation.
- If approved, GDOT will send you a certification letter and your information will be listed in the DBE Directory on the GDOT website.
- As long as your application packet is complete, processing time should take about 90 days. If you are missing documentation or information, the process may take longer.
- If you are denied certification by GDOT, you can appeal the denial to the U.S. Department of Transportation within 90 days from the date you were notified.