Sell Passes at Your Business

In order to receive and sell e-tran and e-van passes, you must fill out the Sales Outlet Agreement and remit to:

City of Elk Grove
Attention: Michael Costa
City of Elk Grove Transit Services
8401 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758

or call (916) 627-3339 for additional details on selling e-tran and e-van passes.

Disadvantaged Business Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a series of requirements of 49 CFR Part 26 "Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Financial Assistance Programs." The US Department of Transportation (DOT) provides a definition for what constitutes a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) on their website.

“DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.  African American, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. Other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.”

The DBE Program creates a level playing field on which disadvantaged businesses can compete fairly. The Program ensures that qualified businesses have an equal opportunity to compete for, and participate in, the performance of all DOT-funded contracts and subcontracts. It also assures that all contracts and procurements will be administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin.

View the DBE Program Plan

Goal Setting Calculations and Methodology and 3-Year DBE Goal

The City’s DBE goal of 2.78% for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2020-22 for the City’s operation and preventative maintenance service contract with SacRT and the City’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) sustainable communities planning grant administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for zero emission bus (ZEB) fleet transition. View the 3-Year DBE Goal (FFY20-22)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your business qualify as a DBE?

In order to meet the eligibility standarps of the DBE Program, your small business must be:

  1. At least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged (or, in the case of a corporation, one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must own fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock)
  2. andOne or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it must control the management and daily business operations of your small business.
What is a "Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individual" under the DBE program?

The assumption is that an individual is both socially and economically disadvantaged if s/he is a citizen, or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States, and is:

  • Black American
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American
  • Asian-Pacific American
  • Subcontinent Asian American
  • Woman
  • A member of any additional group that is designated as socially and economically disadvantaged by the Small
  • Business Administration
  • Additionally, an individual can demonstrate that s/he is socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.

Note: An individual cannot be presumed economically disadvantaged if they have a personal net worth exceeding $1.32 million. This net worth includes any and all income properties, but excludes the individual's ownership interests in the small business concern and their primary residence.

How can I get certified as a DBE?

The are two ways to obtain application materials.

  1. Many certification sites have their own web address. There is usually a DBE Program link among the list of features. The DBE application can be downloaded from this location.
  2. Application materials can also be obtained directly from the certification site by faxing requests on company letterhead to the designated DBE Officer. The fax should declare that the applying vendor "wants to be DBE certified" and that the vendor is "requesting a Schedule A application."

After the application package has been submitted, the applying vendor should be prepared to present the following supplemental materials (in order to expedite the process, these materials can also be submitted along with the application package):

  1. Profile of business/vendor (organization description)
  2. Proof of vendor's ethnicity/gender (i.e. birth certificate)
  3. List of vendor's business clients
  4. Three years of recent tax returns (business and/or personal taxes)
  5. Vendor's "Articles of Incorporation" (if applicable)
  6. Applicant's "corporate meeting" list, if applicable (an agenda for your first corporate meeting)
  7. Stock transfer letter, including a list the first stock(s) issued

Following submission and processing of the vendor's application package, the DBE Officer will schedule a site visit. Your DBE Certification will be determined following this site visit.

Once your disadvantaged business has been certified, you are then able to work for DBE contractors. You will receive information about appropriate DBE meetings and contracts out for bid. Your business will also be listed in a Directory of Certified Firms.

Where can I get DBE certified?

Listed below are a few of the places where your small business can apply for certification (note this information is subject to change):

  • California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

    Office of Business & Economic Opportunity - MS 79
    1823 - 14th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 324-1700 or (866) 810-6346
    Fax: (916) 324-1862

  • City of Los Angeles

    Office of Contract Compliance
    Centralized Certification
    1149 S. Broadway Street, Suite 300
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Phone:(213) 847-2684
    Fax: (213) 847-2777

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

    Diversity and Economic Opportunity Department
    One Gateway Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Phone: (213) 922-2600
    Fax: (213) 922-7660

Questions regarding DBE certification should be directed to the California Unified Certification (CUCP) website:

View DBE-SBE Presentation

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