- The business must be independently owned and operated and have a significant business presence in New York State.
- One or more service-disabled veterans, with a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (or from the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs for National Guard veterans), must own at least 51% of the business.
- Service-disabled veteran ownership must be real, substantial, and continuing.
- The eligible service-disabled veteran owner(s) must have (and exercise) authority to independently control the day-to-day business decisions.
- The business must qualify as a small business* under the New York State program.
- The business must be located in New York State or have a significant business presence* in New York State.
- See additional eligibility requirements in New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Part 252 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise Program:
What qualifies as a small business* in New York State?
New York State small business minimum eligibility requirements:
- The business is independently owned and operated
- The business has no more than 300 employees and has a significant business presence in the state but is not dominant in the field.
If you have any questions about this eligibility requirement, contact OGS at 518-474-2015.
What qualifies as a significant business presence* in new york state?
As defined by the NYS SDVOB program rules and regulations, the business must be authorized to do business in New York State, and make a contribution to the New York State economy through:
- the payment of taxes
- the purchase of made in New York State construction, construction services, non-construction services, technology, commodities or products
- any payroll in New York State.
Download and fill-out the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification Application.
Print-out and sign the application.
Gather all supporting documentation, as specified in Part X of the application. Carefully review the instructions for each section in Part X (Parts X-A, X-B, X-C, X-D) to make sure you are submitting the correct supporting documents.
Mail the application and supporting documents to the OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development as specified in the Submission Instructions (page 9) in the application.
How do I obtain a disability rating decision if I do not already have one?
If you have never filed a claim with the federal VA, contact the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) to set up a meeting with a DVA State Veterans Benefits Counselor to determine whether you should file a claim with the federal VA to obtain a rating decision.
What if my service was for active duty for training, such as with the National Guard, Militia, or Reserves?
If you are not eligible for a federal VA rating decision you may still be eligible for this program. You are advised to meet with a DVA State Veterans Benefits Counselor to determine whether you are eligible for a 10 percent rating based on your service in the National Guard, Militia, or Reserves. Contact a DVA State Benefits Counselor to start the process.
What if I am already a Verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business under the federal program?
Business enterprises that have been verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vets First Contracting Program are eligible for an expedited application process requiring less supporting documentation.
Can a business located outside of New York State apply?
Yes. To qualify, a business must be authorized to do business in New York State and must make a contribution to the New York State economy through the payment of taxes, or the purchase of "made in New York State" construction, construction services, technology, commodities or products, or that it has any payroll in New York State.
When can I apply?
Applications for Certification are accepted on a continuing basis.
Does it cost anything to apply for certification?
No. There are no fees related to Certification.
Can I apply for certification before I have my business formed?
No. Any business entity, such as a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC, etc., may apply.
If I am already certified by another entity do I need to complete the application?
Yes. All business enterprises seeking SDVOB certification with New York State must complete the Vendor Certification Application. Business enterprises that have been verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vets First Contracting Program are eligible for an expedited application process requiring fewer supporting documents.
What is the timing of the application process?
DSDVBD is committed to processing applications as rapidly as possible. Applicants will receive written and electronic notification from DSDVBD of a complete or deficient application on or before 30 days of receipt of the application. Applicants will also receive notice of approval or denial of certification on or before 60 days following DSDVBD's notification to the applicant of receipt of a final, completed application.
What if I/we do not have some of the required documents?
All required documents are critical to evaluating the business for certification so every attempt should be made to obtain them prior to submission. If there are specific reasons that a document cannot be made available, write and sign an explanation as to the circumstances and include it with the application.
What can I/we do to make the certification process proceed as fast as possible?
Make sure that you have provided accurate contact information including an email address that is checked regularly;
When submitting the application be sure that:
- all fields of the application are complete;
- all required signatures are present; and
- all required supporting documentation is enclosed.
Immediately respond to requests from DSDVBD for:
- corrections of application deficiencies;
- requests for additional requirements and/or documentation; and,
- promptly arrange for an on-site inspection, if requested.
For first-time applicants
For currently certified NYS SDVOBs approaching their certification expiration date. NYS SDVOB Certification expires after five years.