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Filing an Appeal

The Director of Civil Rights has delegated responsibility to adjudicate appeals and other disputes relating to certification decisions.

How to appeal a decision by a DBE/ACDBE certifier:

If you want to file an appeal, you must email the Department at within 45 days of the date of this decision, including a narrative that explains fully and specifically why you believe the decision is in error, what outcome-determinative facts the certifier did not consider, and/or what part 26 provisions the certifier misapplied. Include the certifier's name, date of the certifier’s decision, and your contact information. If you do not have access to email, you may send a letter to: 

U.S. Department of Transportation 
Departmental Office of Civil Rights 
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Division 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE 
Washington, DC 20590