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US DOT Unified Certification Program

In March 1999, the DBE regulation, 49 CFR Part 26, required states to establish a Unified Certification Program to provide "one-stop shopping" for firms seeking DBE/ACDBE certification. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program is designed to ensure there is an equal opportunity for socially and economically disadvantaged firms to compete for Department of Transportation (DOT) contracts.

PA Unified Certification Program (UCP)

The purpose of the PA UCP DBE Certification Website is to provide "one-stop shopping" for firms seeking certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26. The PAUCP makes all certification decisions on behalf of all agencies and organizations in the Commonwealth with respect to participation in the DBE Program. In other words, firms certified as a DBE with the PAUCP are eligible to participate on any Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration funded contract as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

Certifying Agencies

PennDOT along with the listed certifying group are members of the PA UCP who process DBE Certifications. Questions or requests for information regarding DBE firms certified through PennDOT, should be sent to

Prospective DBE/ACDBEs seeking certification can submit an application and supporting documentation to any one of the following five certifying agencies:

Certifying Agency Names Contact Details

DBE Program Office
1234 Market Street,
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-580-7278
Fax: 215-580-7261
Website: SEPTA


​Bureau of Equal Opportunity                                                      P.O. Box 3251
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3251
Phone: 717-787-5891
Fax: 717-772-4026
Website: PENNDOT

Allegheny County

Department of Equity and Inclusion                           542 Forbes Avenue,
204 County Office Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-4309
Fax: 412-350-4915
Website: Allegheny County

Philadelphia International AirportOffice of Business Diversity
8500 Essington Avenue
Terminal E - 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-937-5475
Fax: 215-863-3687
Website: Philadelphia International Airport
Port Authority of Allegheny CountyOffice of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise & Diverse Business                                                                                          Heinz 57 Center                                                                                 345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 5 
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-566-5257
Fax: 412-566-5434
Website: Port Authority of Allegheny County