In 2011 the USDOT enacted a rule change (49 CFR 26.83) that requires, once a firm is certified it shall remain certified until and unless it is de-certified.
As a result, DBE/ ACDBE certification letters do not contain an expiration date. An “Affidavit of No Change” confirming that the firm is still eligible to participate in the DBE/ACDBE program is required every year on the anniversary. Firms no longer receive annual certification letters. The DBE Directory confirms the continued certification status of a firm including the assigned NAICS work codes. A copy of a printout from the DBE Directory should be sufficient proof of a firm’s certification.