What You Need to Know Before Applying
To enjoy the benefits of certification, you will need to submit an application along with payment and various supporting documents. Some of the documentation will be quite detailed but it is necessary in order for us to verify a variety of issues--including veteran status and 51% veteran ownership and control--that are essential to qualifying for veteran owned business status per the Department of Defense requirements. Service Disabled Veterans must also submit their annual disability letter from the Veterans Administration (VA). Veteran status is generally defined as having served in the active military, naval or air service, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. However, the final NVBDC decision will be based on the detailed information contained in the Veteran's DD214 document—their actual record of service—provided directly from their branch of service records location and other documents as needed.
Though achieving Veteran Owned Business Certification requires some work, our process will clearly guide you through the various steps necessary to accomplish this task with a minimum of time and effort--and much faster than you could accomplish on your own.
Use FASTRACK & Get Certified FASTER!
If your company has previously been authorized by one of the following minority organizations, then you may apply for Veteran Owned Business Certification using our FASTRACK application process. Using FASTRACK could reduce your application review process to a little as 30 days, or less!
NVBDC will accept your application under FASTRACK if you have a current certification from any of the following organizations:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
- Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE)
You must submit a copy of your CVE Verification Letter AND a copy of your CVE Site Assessors Letter (they are two different documents) showing that an onsite audit at your place of business was conducted by authorized CVE personnel when you submit your NVBDC application. If you do not have a CVE Site Assessment Letter, then the NVBDC will conduct a Site Assessment at your place of business before issuing your Veteran Owned Business certification.
How Much Will It Cost?
Your cost to submit an application for our review is determined by your company's total sales per year as follows:
- Sales up to $999,999 - $500
- $1 Million to $4.9 Million - $1000
- $5 Million to $9.99 Million - $1500
- $10 Million to $49.99 Million - $2000
- $50 Million to $99.99 Million - $2500
- $100 Million and up - $5000
You must submit payment at the time you register (sign up) for certification. This payment in no way obligates the NVBDC to grant certification. Your application must meet our standards for Veteran status as well as Veteran ownership and control in order to be granted certification. Application fees are not refundable.
What Documents Will I Need?
All Registration, Payment, and Application processes take place online. All information and supporting documents must be submitted using our secure online process unless otherwise instructed by NVBDC personnel. Do not send any information or supporting documents to our offices. Click on the link below to download a checklist of the documents you'll need to provide to us in order to apply for certification.
How Long Will it Take?
For those company's not using FASTRACK, it will take approximately 60 days from the date that your application is submitted for the NVBDC to process your request for certification. Depending on yours and our availability, addition time may be required in order to complete the required Site Visit which will be conducted by an NVBDC auditor.
Will I Get a Certificate?
After successfully completing the certification process, you will receive a signed, stamped, and uniquely numbered Certificate with an expiration date of one year. In addition, you will also receive access to the NVBDC logo and an SDVOB or VOB Badge (whichever is applicable) that can be used in your marketing and branding materials.