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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 Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PAUCP) 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

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

Certifying Agency Names Contact Details
SEPTA1234 Market Street,
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-580-7278
Fax: 215-580-7261
Email: DBEProgram@septa.org
Website: SEPTA
PENNDOTP.O. Box 3251
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3251
Phone: 717-787-5891
Fax: 717-772-4026
Email: penndotucpinfo@pa.gov
Website: PENNDOT
Allegheny County542 Forbes Avenue,
204 County Office Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-4309
Fax: 412-350-4915
Email: mwdbe@alleghenycounty.us
Website: Allegheny County
Philadelphia International AirportOffice of Business Diversity
8500 Essington Avenue
Terminal E - 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-937-6489
Fax: 215-937-5497
Email: OBD@PHL.org
Website: Philadelphia International Airport
Port Authority of Allegheny County345 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-566-5257
Fax: 412-566-5434
Email: willicd@portauthority.org
Website: Port Authority of Allegheny County