Each state has its own Unified Certification Program (UCP), which is administered by their Department of Transportation. The purpose of the UCP is to provide "one-stop shopping" for applicants to apply for DBE certification, such that an applicant is required to apply only once for a DBE certification that and it will be honored by all agencies that are recipients of Federal DOT funding in the state.
State and local recipients of Federal Ddepartment of Transportation money often set DBE participation goals on their contracts. Prime bidders must either meet of make a good faith effort to meet these goals. When a DBE is certified through the UCP, it is included in the UCP Directory. Prime bidders needing to perform outreach to DBEs for their bid can use the UCP Directory to locate potential DBE subcontractors and suppliers.