PA Unified Certification Program

  • In March 1999 the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Regulation, 49 CFR Parts 26 & 23 Airport Concessions, took effect and revamped the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) DBE Program and imposed requirements on states to narrowly tailor their DBE Programs and establish a Unified Certification Program.

    Firms certified as a DBE with the PA Unified Certification Program (UCP) are eligible to participate on any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded contract as a DBE or Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

    Single Certification Process

    The UCP provides "one-stop-shopping" for DBEs. One-stop-shopping means that an applicant for DBE Certification in a State files only one application and goes through one certification review to achieve DBE Certification that is recognized by all recipients of FAA, FHWA and FTA funds in the State. Each State has its own UCP.

    In support of this requirement, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established a PA UCP Task Force. This Task Force agreed to DBE Certification based on mandatory reciprocity among the certifying entities in the State. As a result, five organizations, known as Certifying Participants, certify DBEs in Pennsylvania.

    Register with the PA UCP

    Mandatory reciprocity is a component of the PA UCP. Accordingly, once you are certified by any of the certifying participants, all recipients of FAA, FHWA or FTA funds in Pennsylvania will recognize your DBE Certification.

    To learn more about the PA Unified Certification Program and become a certified DBE, visit the official PA UCP website.

    Useful Links

    DBE Certifying Participants

    Allegheny County Dept. of MBE/WBE/DBE

    204 County Office Building
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Phone: 412-350-4309
    Fax: 412-350-4915

    PA Department of Transportation (PENNDOT)

    P.O. Box 3251
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-3251
    Phone: 717-787-5891
    Fax: 717-772-4026

    Pittsburgh Port Authority

    345 Sixth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    Phone: 412-566-5257
    Fax: 412-566-5434

    Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

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

    City of Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport

    DBE Program Office
    Executive Offices - Terminals D & E, Third Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19153
    Phone: 215-937-1801
    Fax: 215-937-5497