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Certification is free of charge.
There is no fee to apply or participate in the verification process.
Qualified applicants are entered in a supplier database accessed by participating utilities throughout the State.
Certification is usually granted
within 45 days of receipt of a successful application, and is valid for three
Qualified businesses are certified as women-owned,
minority-owned and/or LGBT-owned as defined by General Order 156.
"Women-owned" (section 1.3.2) is a business at least
51% owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business
operations are controlled by one or more women.
"Minority-owned" (section 1.3.3) is a business at
least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals, and whose management and
daily operations are controlled by one or more minority individuals. Recognized
minorities include Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and
Native Americans, among others.
“LGBT-owned” (section 1.3.4) is a business at least 51%
owned by a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or persons and whose
management and daily operations are controlled by one or more of those
If you are interested in certification and believe your company qualifies as
a women, minority and/or LGBT-owned business, carefully read our General
Information and Application,
before submitting a complete, signed and notarized verification application with
all required documents to the clearinghouse office.
Reading the Supplier Clearinghouse “Questions and Answers” section will also be helpful.
Please note: Our program does not accept applications directly.
The clearinghouse also accepts women, minority and/or LGBT business
certification from agencies with comparable verification criteria.
If your current clearinghouse certification is expiring, submit a reverification application.
Firms seeking certification as a disabled veteran-owned must contact the Office of Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services (OSDS),
a unit of the California Department of General Services.
Upon receipt of a completed application package, the
clearinghouse operator examines the material for evidence of diverse status, as
well as company ownership, management and control. A site visit is sometimes
necessary to make a conclusive determination. Certification is limited to United
States citizens or legal aliens.