How to Become a Small Prime Certified Contractor

What you need to know to apply for small prime certification
This process could take 60 to 90 days. This is an annual certification.

DCAMM Contractor Certification Office

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Small Prime Certification

Is a subset of DCAMM's Prime Contractor Certification designed for smaller and emerging companies to obtain Contractor Certification in order to bid on smaller scale public projects between $150,000 and $500,000.

  • Documents listed on the documents checklist
  • Federal employer identification number (FEIN) and contact information for your company
  • Information for up to twenty (20) of your company’s most recent construction projects of at least $50,000 completed within the past five (5) years per category of work. Also required for projects in progress

For qualification requirements, please review our guidelines.  A summary of requirements can be found on our threshold certification requirements chart.

Fees for How to Become a Small Prime Certified Contractor

Prime and Small Prime Certification

(Fee is dependent on gross revenues from CPA Financials)

gross revenues up to:

fee amount

$ 0 - $999,999 $250.00
$ 1,000,000 - $4,999,999 $300.00
$ 5,000,000 - $9,999,999 $350.00
$10,000,000 - $19,999,999 $400.00
$20,000,000 - $49,999,999 $500.00
$50,000,000 - and above $600.00

How to apply How to Become a Small Prime Certified Contractor

Apply for certification using the DCAMM Contractor Management System

Next steps for How to Become a Small Prime Certified Contractor

  1. Download these documents

    You should collect and complete these documents before you start your online application.

  2. Create a contractor account in the DCMS Portal

    In order to start your online application you must create an account in the DCAMM Contractor Management System portal

  3. Complete online application

  4. Upload all the required documents listed on small prime checklist

  5. Upload the completed spreadsheet for in progress and completed projects

    This spreadsheet and be used for both types of projects.  Once you have completed it you will be able to upload the excel spreadsheet to your application.

  6. Have authorized signatory sign the application

    One of the people listed on the authorized signatory listing form

  7. Submit application and pay application fee

    We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, checking and savings accounts.

    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email saying your application was submitted to DCAMM.  You are able to print an application report at anytime as you will need it for completing the update statement for public bidding.

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