• Jeff Cazeau


Updated: Dec 16, 2020

An Overview of the 8(a) Certification Process.

Applying for 8(a) certification can at times seem daunting. However, if you take your time to go through the process step by step, you can successfully obtain certification. The following is an overview of the steps you must take to obtain certification:

  • Determine your business’ North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS, pronounced “Nakes”) by logging on here and using the search tools on the website. Your business may have more than one NAICS code.

  • To apply for 8(a) certification you will need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. A DUNS number is obtained by going to the Dun & Bradstreet website at here and applying for a number. DUNS Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants.

  • Once you have your DUNS number you must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at It may take up to 72 hours before you are given access to the 8(a) Business Development Program electronic certification system.

  • Next, you must register for an account in the SBA’s General Log-in System (GLS) by going to this website

  • Once you receive access to the 8(a) Business Development Program electronic certification system, complete the electronic application. Follow the directions provided. You can download SBA’s user guide by clicking here

  • After you have completed the electronic application, you must print and sign all required forms and provide all required supporting documentation. Binding of the document is not necessary or required.

Applying for certification can be time consuming but you can apply on your own. However, if you want to save time (and money) and/or you run into difficulties please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact Us Today Contact an 8(a) certification attorney at DBE Direct regarding the 8(a) certification process. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at (786) 390-5709 or by e-mail using our Contact Form. We are ready to help you obtain your 8(a) certification. Our attorneys can thoroughly examine your application and make sure you meet all of the 8a certification requirements.

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