Navigating New York State's MWBE Certification Process

Directory of Certified Firms

View a list of all New York State MWBE certified firms.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying to become a New York State certified MWBE, make sure your business in eligible by reviewing the requirements.

NYS MWBE Applications

If you are seeking to be certified or recertified—or if you've been instructed to submit a new application—start with the MWBE Certification Assessment Tool, and review the steps for NYS MWBE certification.

Once you're ready to move forward with an application, get started here.

Vendor Profile Updates

All MWBE certified firms should review their vendor profile and make sure their information is accurate. Learn how here.

Already Certified?

Log in to the New York State Contract System to access your account.

Personal Net Worth

Under the current Article 15-A, the personal net worth (“PNW”) of each individual upon which certification is relied upon cannot exceed $3.5 million, adjusted for inflation annually.

The reauthorization of Article 15-A increases the personal net worth certification cap to $15 million and authorizes the Director of the DMWBD to establish by regulation additional PNW limits on an industry-by-industry basis.

In addition, exclusions to PNW calculations have been expanded to exclude the need to report ownership of holding companies established to lease machinery, equipment, or vehicles to the certified business, and also increased the cash value of retirement savings from $500,000 to $750,000.