Step 1: EligibilityTo 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 RegistrationIf 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. The MoLogin password expires after sixty days. A new passcode will have to be requested on the MoLogin site.
Step 3: Certification ProcessThere 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.
Applicants must still meet the regulations of the Missouri M/WBE program and certification by another entity does not guarantee acceptance by OEO. Rapid certified firm’s expiration date with OEO is three years from date of certification. An applicant must complete the online M/WBE Certification Application and submit the required documentation including a copy of the applicant’s current certificate. The applicant must sign and notarize an affidavit then scan and submit it to OEO to complete the application process. The applicant should 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 the State 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 and be willing to release the on-site documentation. An applicant must complete the online 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 should retain the original in their records Please be advised that certification by another state does not guarantee certification by OEO.