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Colorado Unified Certification Program (UCP)

The Colorado UCP was established to facilitate statewide Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification. The UCP eliminates the need for DBE applicants to obtain certification from multiple agencies. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the City and County of Denver (CCD) are the certifying agencies for the Colorado UCP. CCD is the only certifying agency for Denver International Airport (DIA) Airport Concession DBEs (ACDBEs).

The Colorado UCP DBE and ACDBE directory includes all DBE and ACDBE firms certified by CDOT and the CCD eligible to meet DBE and ACDBE participation requirements on FHWA, FAA and FTA-funded contracts in Colorado.

For information regarding the DBE Program, including certification information and forms, supportive services and opportunities for DBEs, please visit either:

Colorado Department of Transportation
Civil Rights & Business Resource Center
4201 East Arkansas Avenue, Room 150
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 757-9303
City and County of Denver  City of County of Denver
Office of Economic Development
Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO)
201 West Colfax, Dept. 907
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1999

The Regional Transportation District (, as well as the following agencies, are members of the UCP and may have additional services and opportunities for DBE firms:

  Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority
Archuleta County Airport Authority
Archuleta County Transportation Department
Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Avon, Town of
Berthoud Area Transportation Service
Blackhawk, City of
Boulder Municipal Airport
Breckenridge, Town of
Burlington, City of
Colorado Springs, City of
Cortez Municipal Airport
Crested Butte, Town of
Denver International Airport
Denver Regional Council of Governments
Durango, City of
Durango-La Plata County Airport
Eagle County Regional Airport
Erie Municipal Airport
Fort Collins, City of
Fort Morgan, City of
Freemont County Airport
Front Range Airport
Garfield County Regional Airport
Grand County
Grand Junction Regional Airport
Greeley/Weld County Airport
Greeley, City of
Gunnison County
Holyoke, City of
La Junta Municipal Airport
Lake County
Lamar Municipal Airport
Limon, Town of
Loveland, City of
Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office
Monte Vista Municipal Airport
Montrose Regional Airport
Mountain Village Metropolitan District
Prowers Area Transit
Pueblo Memorial Airport
Pueblo Transit
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
Salida Airport - Harriet Alexander Field
San Luis Valley Regional Airport
Special Transit
Steamboat Springs, City of
Sterling, City of
Telluride, Town of
Vail, Town of
Weld County Human Services
Wray, City of
Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Yuma, City of

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is a federal affirmative action program implemented by recipients of DOT Federal Financial Assistance. Recipients are primarily state highway, transit and airport agencies that receive funds subject to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations part 26 (49 CFR 26). The DBE program promotes a "level playing field" and fosters equal opportunity in DOT assisted contracts that include highway, transit and airport programs.

The main objectives of the DBE Program are:

  • To ensure that small disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
  • To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs.
  • To assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.

To be certified as a DBE, a firm must be a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Certifiers make the determinations based upon on-site visits, personal interviews, reviews of licenses, stock ownership, equipment, bonding capacity, work completed, resume of principal owners and financial capacity.

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