Pursuant to the requirements of the federal regulation 49 CFR part 26, all recipients of US DOT financial assistance must implement a "one-stop" certification process for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). As a result of this requirement, five US DOT-funded agencies - the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), City of Chicago, CTA, Metra and Pace - have established the IL UCP.
The IL UCP is based on the concept of reciprocity among the agencies. "One-stop" shopping will be provided to applicants for the DBE program, such that an applicant need only to apply once for DBE certification, and the resulting decision will be honored by all participating agencies in the IL UCP.
As of April 1, 2020, due to temporary modifications in the procedures because of COVID-19, Metra's Office of Diversity and Business Enterprise (ODBE) is requesting that all correspondence regarding DBE certification, including the DBE Certification Application, No Change Affidavit, NAICS Code Expansion Request, Extension of Time Requests and supporting documents, be emailed to email@example.com.
An acknowledgement email will be sent to confirm the receipt of your email.
If you have already mailed any documentation to our office, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time ODBE is not conducting in-person on-site visits or field job site visits. If your firm is required to have an on-site visit conducted, the DBE Certification Team will be in contact to schedule a phone or virtual on-site visit.
If you have any questions, you can reach our office at 312-322-7391.
Click here for the Initial DBE Certification Application
Click here for the Personal Net Worth Statement (must be submitted with the certification application)