Eligibility/Application

Step 1: Eligibility

To become M/WBE certified with the State of Missouri, a business meet the following requirements:
  • At least 51 percent of the business must be owned by a minority and/or a woman;
  • The minority and/or woman owner must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.;
  • The minority and/or woman owner must hold the highest position in the company and be capable of exercising direct control over the daily, as well as long-term decisions regarding the management, policies and operations of the firm; and
  • The business must be organized as a for-profit business.

Step 2: MoLogin Account Registration

If a firm is applying online for a Minority/Woman Business Enterprise certification for the first time, a MoLogin account which can be created using MoLogin Account Management Application. If you already have a MoLogin account, simply access the Minority/Woman Business Enterprise Certification Application to create, submit, and manage the application for MBE/WBE certification. The application will prompt for the MoLogin account and password previously created.

Step 3: Certification Process

There are different ways to become M/WBE certified: 1.) Standard Certification — This process applies only to applicants whose principal place of business is in Missouri.
  • An applicant must complete the M/WBE Certification Application and submit the required documentation.
  • The applicant must sign and notarize an affidavit then scan and submit it to OEO to complete the application process. The applicant is required to retain the original in their records.
  • On-site visit to the applicant’s business must be conducted before certification can be granted or denied.
2.) Rapid Certification— This process applies only to applicants whose principal place of business is in Missouri and have been certified as an M/WBE by one of the following approved certifying entities:
    • Bi-State Development/METRO DBE Program
    • City of St. Louis M/WBE Program
    • Kansas City – Human Relations Department M/WBE Program
    • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) DBE Program
    • Lambert St. Louis DBE Program
    • Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Program
    • Missouri Department of Transportation DBE Program
    • Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Program
    • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) WBE Program
    • St. Louis Minority Business Council MBE Program
Applicants must still meet the regulations of the Missouri M/WBE program and certification by one of the programs listed above does not guarantee acceptance by OEO. Rapid certified firm’s expiration date with OEO is based upon the firm’s parent certification’s next required Annual Update or the expiration date of the parent certification, whichever occurs first. An applicant must complete the M/WBE Certification Application and submit the required documentation including a copy of the applicant’s current certificate that has at least 90 days before its expiration date The applicant must sign and notarize an affidavit then scan and submit it to OEO to complete the application process. The applicant is required to retain the original in their records 3.) Out-of-State Certification— This process applies only to Out of State applicants whose principal place of business is located outside of Missouri. OEO may certify out-of-state minority and women-owned business applicants under the following conditions: The applicant must be certified by their home state. The applicant’s home state certification process must be similar to Missouri’s process and must include an on-site inspection. OEO will not conduct on-site inspections outside the State of Missouri. Certification determinations will be made based upon a desk audit of the application and all submitted documentation. The applicant’s home state must allow Missouri-based minority and women-owned firms to become certified under their respective program. The applicant’s state program has been reviewed and is found on the following list of accepted States:
  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • Tennessee
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington (State)
  • Kansas
  • New Jersey
  • South Carolina
  • Wisconsin
An applicant must complete the M/WBE Certification Application and submit the required documentation. The applicant must sign and notarize an affidavit then scan and submit it to OEO to complete the application process. The applicant is required to retain the original in their records Please be advised that Certification by another state does not guarantee certification by OEO.