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The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is primarily funded by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and administered by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT). The NHDOT is the sole DBE certifying agency for the State of New Hampshire. There is no cost to obtain DBE certification.

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 firms with substantial benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Business listing in the State's DBE Directory that is available that is available to all state agencies and the general public. The DBE Directory is referenced in all NHDOT proposals of advertised federally assisted projects.
  • Receiving bidding information about upcoming projects. The DBE Coordinator can assist DBEs with identifying work opportunities and provide contact information and introductions to prime contractors.
  • Receiving Free Business Development Services (limited).
  • Training & Networking Opportunities.


In order to qualify as a DBE, all companies must meet the following requirements:

  • The owner and the business company have to have established their principal office in New Hampshire. For out-of-state businesses, see “Interstate” certification below.
  • The owner must be a member of a socially and economically disadvantaged group. This means owners who are citizens of the United States, and/or 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 and must not exceed $26.29 million in gross annual receipts for DBEs ($52.47 million for ACDBEs). Visit Small Business Administration for more information.

The DBE Certification Process

The goal of the NHDOT is to ensure timely processing of a firm’s application for certification and/or certification renewal is critical to ensuring that qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Airport Concession DBEs (ACDBEs) do not face delays in competing for federal-aid contracts or for concession opportunities. The following reflects the DBE process that applies upon receiving an initial application for recognition as a DBE and/or a receiving a request for a DBE certification annual renewal:

After the NHDOT Office of Federal Compliance (OFC) receives a UPC DBE application, and/or a request for certification renewal, the External EEO Coordinator will advise the applicant within thirty (30) days from receipt of the application whether the application is complete and suitable for evaluation, and if not, what additional information or action is required.

  • For initial applications: an application is considered complete when the External EEO Coordinator receives the Uniform Certification Application Form in addition to the information required from the form’s checklist of supportive documentation.
  • For certification renewals: a complete application is considered complete when the External EEO Coordinator receives the Affidavit of No Change, signed and dated copies of the firm's, and all of its affiliates, federal tax return(s) for the most recently filed tax year, and a current copy of the firm's "home state" DBE certification letter, if applicable (for out-of-state firms only). Additional documentation may be required to process the request for certification renewal.

The applicant will have thirty (30) days to provide the missing or requested information subject to an extension not to exceed an additional sixty (60) days, which may be granted under appropriate circumstances, and with documentation to support the granting of an extension, if warranted by the facts.

If the applicant fails to respond, the External EEO Coordinator will inactivate the application, remove the firm’s name from the DBE Directory and notify the applicant’s firm of this action. Failure to provide the requested information in a timely manner is deemed as a failure to cooperate and is grounds to remove DBE eligibility (49 CFR §26.109(c)).

After the External EEO Coordinator receives the complete application, the Coordinator will review it and schedule an on-site visit, if applicable. The decision about the certification will be made within ninety (90) days from receipt of the complete application.

To apply:

1) A New Hampshire based business must complete and submit the following information:

2) An out-of-state based business must complete and submit the following information:

Once certified, to ensure continued program eligibility, all DBEs must renew their certification annually during the month they certified in previous year as stated in their certification letter.

Annual DBE Certification Reviews

Please submit the following documentation for the required annual certification reviews:

  • NHDOT Annual Affidavit Of No Change(see below for Important Notice)
  • Signed and dated copies of the firm's, and all of its affiliates, complete Federal tax return(s) for the most recently filed tax year.
  • A current copy of the firm's "home state" DBE certification letter (out-of-state firms only).
  • Send it to:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In light of the health pandemic, we temporarily accept NHDOT Affidavits of No Change without a notary’s seal and signature. However, with your affidavit, please provide a letter on your company’s letterhead, with the following statement: I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the information provided in the NHDOT Affidavit of No Change dated ______________ (provide the date when you signed the affidavit) is true and correct.


Please sign your letter and e-mail it along with your firm’s ( and your affiliate’s, if any) tax return to dbecertifications@dot.nh.govWe also temporarily accept affidavits notarized electronically but your electronic notary must comply with the following order (NH Governor's Emergency Order #11 (2020) (click on the link).

Please e-mail your completed application to dbecertifications@dot.nh.govor mail it to NHDOT Office of Federal Compliance, Attn: External EEO Coordinator, PO Box 483, Concord, NH 03302-0483.

Incomplete applications will be returned. The NHDOT reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant to assist with DBE certification. Application and PNW statement must be dated and notarized within sixty (60) days of submitting your application.Please direct any questions to NHDOT DBE External EEO Coordinator, Travis Toner at 603.271.8252 or

DBE Program Regulation

49 CFR 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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