Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
State of California Certified DBE firms receive increased visibility through inclusion in the California Unified Certification Program (UCP) database of businesses. The database is used as a resource by City buyers, department personnel, prime contractors and other agencies and organizations throughout the state. A certification is valid for three (3) years and recognized throughout the state of California.
Unified Certification Program
As of January 2002, certification issued by a participating agency in the Unified Certification Program will be accepted by any other participating public agency. So if your business is certified in San Diego, it is also certified in Los Angeles, Riverside, Imperial County, as well as with the State government. If you have a current certification you do NOT need to re-certify for inclusion in this program.