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New DBE Certification Process

How to Apply for In-State Certification (for new applicants)

  1. Review the DBE Program eligibility requirements.
  2. Visit CDOT's online application portal at: https://cdot.dbesystem.com/ and click on “Apply for Certification” under the quick links on the left side of the page.
  3. Select “Create Account” to establish a user name and password.
  4. Log in and click on “Create New Application” in the top right corner of the home screen.
  5. Follow instructions to complete a new DBE application.

Application Review Process

CDOT processes DBE applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. Applications are assigned to an analyst for review on a first-in, first-assigned basis. Our goal is to make an eligibility determination within 90 days from the date the application is complete. The following steps outline the basic process for DBE applications:

  1. Submission: Once your application has been submitted through the online system, you will receive an instant notification confirming submission. Applications that are incomplete or that include insufficient supporting documentation will not be processed until all necessary documents are received by CDOT.
  2. Application Verification: The application will be assigned to an analyst. The analyst will conduct a preliminary review to determine if the application is complete or if additional information is required. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be sent an email requesting the missing information. Please respond to all requests for information within 15 business days. If you do not respond, CDOT may make an eligibility determination based upon the information provided. If your application is not completed within 90 days, it will be automatically deleted from the system.
  3. On-site Review for Colorado-based firms: Once the application has been deemed complete, the analyst will schedule and conduct an on-site interview at the firm’s principal office. The interview will be conducted with the firm’s principal owners and other key individuals.
  4. File Review: The analyst will review all documents submitted by the applicant, including information from the on-site interview, and will prepare a report that includes an eligibility recommendation. The recommendation will include work types the firm is eligible for as a DBE.
  5. Approval: If the application is approved, the applicant will be notified via email that it has been certified and placed on the Colorado UCP DBE Directory. The certification notice will identify the specific types of work (work codes) the firm is eligible to be counted for as a DBE and the renewal date of the certification. Certified DBEs should review the assigned work codes for accuracy. Work code changes or additions can be requested by submitting a work code change request.
  6. Denial: If a Colorado DBE application is denied, CDOT will issue a letter listing the specific reasons for denial and the appeal process. Denials must be appealed to U.S. DOT within 90 days. Click here for more information on how to file an appeal with U.S. DOT.
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Denver, CO 80220
P 303-757-9234  /  800-925-3427
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