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Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Certification Eligibility Requirements

For DVBE certification purposes, a "disabled veteran" is:
  • A veteran of the U.S. military, naval, or air service;
  • The veteran must have a service-connected disability of at least 10% or more; and
  • The veteran must reside in California.

To be certified as a DVBE, your firm must meet the following requirements:

  • Your business must be at least 51% owned by one or more disabled veterans;
  • Your daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans

NOTE:  The disabled veteran who manages and controls the business is not required to be an owner of the applicant business; and

  • Your home office must be located in the U.S. (the home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign based business).
  • All existing and all new DVBE applicants must submit to the Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS) complete copies of the DVBE's federal income tax returns for the previous three years. DVBEs who have been in business for less than three years shall submit the federal tax returns for each year they've been in business.
  • A DVBE applicant that is not a sole proprietorship and rents equipment to the state must provide the federal income tax returns for each of their disabled veteran owners or your firm will be deemed to be an equipment broker.
  • DVBE limited liability companies must be wholly owned by one or more disabled veterans.


DVBE Certification Benefits

Upon meeting eligibility requirements, certified DVBEs are entitled to the following: 

  • State-certified DVBEs are eligible for the state's DVBE Participation Program. The program sets the goal to use DVBEs in at least three percent of the state's overall annual contract dollars.
  • State agencies may use a streamlined process known as the "SB/DVBE Option" by contracting directly with a California certified DVBE business for goods, services, information technology and public works projects. The solicitation must be valued at more than $5,000, and the State agency must obtain price quotes from at least two California certified DVBE businesses. For more information, see Government Code Sections 14838.5 and 14838.7.

 

Effective January 1, 2010, the maximum thresholds are:

         Goods, Services, or Information Technology - $249,999.99

Public Works - $250,000

     

    Effective January 12, 2012, the maximum thresholds are:
      Goods, Services, or Information Technology - $249,999.99
        Public Works - $270,000

           

          If you have any questions regarding the DVBE Certification eligibility requirements and benefits, please contact OSDS Help at (916) 375-4940 or by email.