Pursuant to the requirements of the federal regulation 49 CFR part 26, all recipients of US DOT financial assistance must implement a "one-stop" certification process for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). As a result of this requirement, five US DOT-funded agencies - the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), City of Chicago, CTA, Metra and Pace - have established the IL UCP.
The IL UCP is based on the concept of reciprocity among the agencies. "One-stop" shopping will be provided to applicants for the DBE program, such that an applicant need only to apply once for DBE certification, and the resulting decision will be honored by all participating agencies in the IL UCP.
The application can be completed online, but the completed application must be mailed along with all the required documentation to:
Metra’s Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights
547 W. Jackson Blvd., 5-W
Chicago, IL 60661
Click here for the Initial DBE Certification Application
Click here for the Personal Net Worth Statement (must be submitted with the certification application)