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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.


In order to qualify as a DBE, all companies 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

New Hampshire based businesses seeking DBE certification may apply as follows:

  • Please complete and submit the DBE Certification Application, Personal Net Worth Statement, and be sure to include all required documentation as detailed in the Uniform Certification Application Supporting Documents Checklist. (included in the application)
  • Once a complete application and all the required supporting documentation has been received, 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 added to the certified NH DBE directory.

The DBE Annual Renewal Process

Once certified, all DBEs must submit the following information prior to the anniversary date noted on their DBE certification letter.

  • Annual 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.
  • A current copy of the firm's "home state" DBE certification letter (out of state firms only)

Please scan and email this information to or send by mail to: NH Department of Transportation, Office of Federal Compliance/DBE, 7 Hazen Drive PO Box 483, Concord NH, 03302-0483.

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 provide the following:

Please scan and email this information to or send by mail to: NH Department of Transportation, Office of Federal Compliance/DBE, 7 Hazen Drive PO Box 483, Concord NH, 03302-0483.

The NHDOT reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant to assist with DBE certification. Application and Personal Net Worth Statement (PNW) must be dated and notarized within 60 days of submitting your application. The NHDOT is the sole DBE certifying agency for the State of New Hampshire. Please direct any questions to NHDOT DBE Coordinator Larisa Djuvelek-Ruggiero 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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