Standard Certification Application

If your firm has no other certifications, good news -


Empire State Development, New York City Small Business Services and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have joined up to make the process even easier.

One application to submit for all three MWBE certification programs.

Complete the NEW "ONE STOP STANDARD APPLICATION" and submit the form with all supporting documentation to Empire State Development and if qualified, your application will be forwarded to NYC Small Business Services, and the Port Authority of NY and NJ for MWBE certification. Don't forget to complete the attached addendums for each program, and provide all the required supporting documentation. Complete instructions are in the application, and addendums at the back of the application.


Who is Eligible?*

Review NYS MWBE Certification Eligibility Criteria

Please Note:

*Out of State Applicants must have "Authority to do Business in New York State" from the New York Department of State prior to submitting an application for MWBE certification.

It is recognized and acknowledged that the information contained in the application is given under oath. Information you are providing as part of the application for certification or re-certification is accurate, true and correct, and you are acknowledging any false statement made by the applicant will result in the denial or revocation of certification, not awarding or terminating of any contracts which may be or have been awarded, and is punishable as a Class E Felony under Section 175.35 of the Penal Law.

Where should I submit the application?

All applications must be signed, notarized, and submitted with all required supporting documentation to the address below:


Empire State Development
MWBE Intake
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017


If you are currently certified as an MBE, WBE, MWBE, DBE or are part of the Federal 8(a) Business Development Programs you may be able to use the Fast Track Certification Applications.

Standard MWBE Application
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