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Apply For Certification Online
The steps outlined below provide an overview of the application submission process. If you are uncertain as to the type of certification you should apply for it is recommended that you attend an application assistance workshop.
IMPORTANT - This application process is for new applicants only. If your firm is already certified within the State of Maryland, then this process is not for you. If you are attempting to submit annual review documents for a certified firm please use the MDOT Directory of Certified Firms to find your firm, then open the Annual Review Document Portal by using the link found at the bottom of the complete firm profile screen.
Create Registration Profile - estimated time to complete; 20 minutes
You will begin by submitting essential information about yourself and your firm, which will be used to create a basic registration profile. You will designate a single email address as your registration ID and primary point of contact. Upon creation of the registration profile, you will receive an email from the MDOT Office of MBE containing a unique registration passcode that you will use to complete the application process.
Once registered, you will have 60 days to complete the application. If your application remains incomplete after 60 days, all data associated with your application, including uploaded documents, will be responsibly discarded.
Prepare Required Documents - time to complete varies according to applicant readiness
Document preparation is the most time consuming element of the application process. Select the appropriate document checklist for your business type and review the electronic formatting requirements, as listed below.
Upload Documents and Submit Application - estimated time to complete; 45 minutes
You will return to this website and log in as a continuing applicant. You will submit additional firm detail, and then upload the document files. Each document will be uploaded as an individual file. You are permitted to log in and out of the application system as needed until each required document has been uploaded. The application will not be accepted for processing until all required documents have been satisfied.
Required Documents
Preparation of documents is the responsibility of the applicant. It is recommended that you prepare all documents prior to starting the application process. If you already have electronic copies of some or all of the documents, be sure they meet the formatting requirements. Paper documents will need to be scanned and saved electronically.
Acceptable file formats are PDF, JPEG or JPG, and PNG. You may snap photos of single page documents using your phone, but be sure to verify that the image is clear and legible. If you are scanning your own documents, use the lowest possible resolution and turn off color scanning. File size should not exceed 20MB. Depending on the operating system of your device, files may not be selectable from a file menu. It is therefore recommended that you use a PC or MAC with Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer to upload documents.
Printable Document Lists (requirements vary according to business and certification type)
Each required document will be uploaded to a specific location within the application utility. An unlimited number of additional and/or supporting documents may also be uploaded.
Downloadable Forms
Uniform Certification Application (for ACDBE and MBE/DBE/SBE applicants)
Maryland MBE Application (non-federal; for MBE-ONLY applicants)
Statement of Personal Net Worth
SBE Application (for SBE-ONLY applicants; if you are applying for MBE/DBE/SBE certification, it is not necessary to complete a separate SBE application)