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The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is primarily funded by the United States Department of Transportation and administered by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT).

The DBE Program was created to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Federally assisted contracts.
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete for Federally assisted contracts.
  • Help remove barriers that affect participation of DBEs in Federally assisted contracts; and
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.

The Benefits

The DBE Program provides companies with substantial benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • DBE firms will be listed in the State DBE directory that is available online to Prime Contractors and Consultants at . The DBE Directory is referenced in all NHDOT proposals of advertised Federally assisted projects.
  • DBEs have access to a list of work items typically subcontracted by Prime Contractors and Consultants. The DBE Coordinator can assist DBEs with identifying work opportunities and provide contact information and introductions to Prime contractors.
  • DBEs receive information regarding upcoming NHDOT and Municipal projects and the Prime Contractors/Consultants that have shown interest in them.


Before being certified as a DBE, a company must meet these five requirements:

  • The owner must be a member of a socially and economically disadvantaged group. This means owners who are citizens of the United States, or who are lawfully admitted permanent residents, and are: Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Subcontinent Asians, or women regardless of race.
  • The business must be owned, at least 51%, by one or more individuals who are considered members of a socially and economically disadvantaged group.
  • The disadvantaged owner(s) must control the company's management and daily operations.
  • A disadvantaged owner(s) personal net worth cannot exceed $1,320,000 (excluding ownership interest in the firm and the equity in his/her primary residence).
  • The company must meet the Small Business Administration's Size Standard requirements. Visit for more information.

The DBE Certification Process

If a New Hampshire based company meets these basic requirements and wishes to become a certified DBE, it may apply using the following procedure:

  • Complete and submit the DBE Certification Application and all required documentation.
  • Upon review of the application and required documentation, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation will arrange an "on-site evaluation" of the company.
  • If the application is approved, the company will be certified by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and classified according to its products and services.

The DBE Annual Renewal Process

Once certified, all DBEs must submit the following information annually to reconfirm their company's eligibility status.

  • Annual No Change Affidavit
  • A copy of the firm's most recently filed federal tax return
  • A current copy of the firm's "home state" DBE certification letter
The NHDOT will request this information one month prior to the DBE firm's renewal date.

Interstate DBE Certification Process

Firms must be currently certified as a DBE in their home state in order to apply for certification in New Hampshire. To apply for New Hampshire DBE certification, please forward your request, along with a copy of the firm's current home state DBE certification letter, to the following address for review and processing.

  • By Mail: NH Department of Transportation, Office of Federal Compliance/DBE, 7 Hazen Drive PO Box 483, Concord NH, 03302-0483
  • Via email:

The NHDOT reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant to assist with DBE certification. The NHDOT is the sole DBE certifying agency for the State of New Hampshire. Please direct any questions to DBE Coordinator David Cloutier at 603-271-6612 or via email at

DBE Program Regulation

Part 26 - Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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