Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE/ACDBE) Certification

Disadvanatged Business Enterprise Program (DBE/ACDBE) Overview and Certification Requirements.

Virginia Unified Certification Program

The Virginia Unified Certification Program (VUCP) provides “one-stop shopping” certification services to small minority and women owned businesses seeking to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Programs as required by 49 CFR Parts 26 and 23. This service eliminates the need for a small business to obtain DBE or ACDBE certification from multiple agencies in the State. The VUCP includes two certifying agencies; the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority) and the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD). Federal DBE or ACDBE certification by either agency is fully accepted throughout Virginia on USDOT funded contracts. There is no difference between DBE and ACDBE certifications performed by the Airports Authority or DSBSD so there is no need to submit an application to both agencies.

DBE Program

The Airport Authority's  Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is  covered by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) requirements under 49 CFR Part 26.  The DBE program requirements in 49 CFR Part 26 provides guidance to the Airports Authority on DBE certification, DBE goal setting, program management and reporting requirements. Examples of DBE opportunities are: construction, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and supplier/distributor.

ACDBE Program

The Airport Authority's Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program is  covered by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) requirements under 49 CFR Part 23, as amended, and Part 26. The ACDBE program requirements define specific types of business activities as concessions and provide guidance to the Airports Authority and other airports on ACDBE certification, ACDBE goal setting, program management and reporting requirements. Only those concessions that have been designated as such in Part 23, Subpart F, are subject to the provisions of the ACDBE concessions program. Examples of DBE concession opportunities are: food and beverage, retail operations, parking management, display advertising, duty free, and car rental.

DBE/ACDBE Certification

To apply for certification or to submit a No Change Affidavit, please visit https://mwaa.diversitycompliance.com.  If you are currently DBE/ACDBE and/or LDBE certified with the Airports Authority, your firm is already in the system and an account exists. Click the Account Lookup link to obtain your login. If you are a new firm, please create an account.

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