Become Certified

Become Certified

Apply for Certification and Renew Certifications

Is Certification Right for Your Firm?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey works with hundreds of minority, women-owned, small, and disadvantaged businesses each year procuring goods and services, construction, architectural and engineering work. Visit and review our publicly advertised RFPs and bids and view the list of disciplines and expertise we are seeking for our major capital projects. We encourage you to make sure there is a match between the services your firm offers and what the agency procures.

The Application Process

To apply for certification, you must submit either a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Application or a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Application, along with the required documentation, to the Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights. Eligible MWBE firms are certified for a five-year period and SBE firms are certified for a three-year period.

To apply as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), you must submit a DBE Application Package and a Statement of Personal Net Worth together with the required supporting documents. For detailed information on the DBE federal program, please visit U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Once certified, the firm is listed in the New York State Unified Certification Program (NYSUCP) or the New Jersey Unified Certification Program (NJUCP) directory of certified DBEs. An Annual No Change Affidavit and a Personal Financial Statement must be submitted annually in order to remain an active DBE.

A completed Marketing Data Form is required as part of all applications. The information provided on this form is recorded into our database and included as an additional feature in the Directory of Minority, Women-owned, Small, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. The directory provides Port Authority tenants, contractors, vendors, and other government agencies with access to our certified MWSDBEs for participation in prime and subcontracting opportunities.

The following forms, grouped by category, must be submitted with any MWBE or SBE certification application.

All Applications Marketing Data Form
Architectural and Engineering Firms Architectural & Engineering Specialty Form
Construction Firms Construction Reference Sheet

Certified firms must notify us in writing of any significant changes to the business, e.g. change of officers, directors, location, and corporate name, in writing within 30 days from the time the change(s) occurred. This ensures accurate information about your firm is conveyed to our vendors, tenants, and contractors.

Renew Certifications

If you are already MWBE-certified with the Port Authority and the re-evaluation date on your certificate is approaching or has expired, you must submit an MWBE Recertification Application. To renew SBE certification status, please submit a new SBE application.

Apply for Certification and Renew Certifications

Vendor Registration

The Port Authority satisfies most of its purchasing needs through competitive bidding procedures. To participate register your business with the Port Authority's Procurement Department by creating a vendor profile. All vendors must take this step in order to do business with the agency. This is separate from the certification application process.

Questions? E-mail us at or call our Certification Hotline at (212) 435-7888.


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