Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Contractor’s Guide

Author: Texas Department of Transportation

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program was created to provide a level playing field for small disadvantage business to do business with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and other agencies receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Disadvantage business include:

  • Asian-American
  • African-American
  • Hispanic
  • Native American
  • Women

The Texas Department of Transportation’s Civil Rights Division (CIV) created a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Contractor’s Guide to provide guidance for DBE contractors on the federal and state requirements of the DBE Program. The Guide contains the processes and procedures to be used by you to successfully accomplish all phases of DBE compliance from project initiation to project close-out. The procedures include DBE contractor responsibilities and best practices with respect to both federal requirements and state requirements.

To access the Contractors Guide click the link below:


To apply for the DBE Certification:


In Texas they are six certifying agencies members of the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP):