Veteran Small Business Certification Update

December 21, 2023


SBA’s Veteran Small Business Certification program implemented changes from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA 2021) which transferred the certification function from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to SBA as of January 1, 2023. The transfer provides veterans with a central support point for their small business certification needs through a streamlined, user-friendly system – SBA’s Veteran Small Business Certification program, or VetCert.

As a part of the transfer, the NDAA 2021 granted a one-year grace period for self-certified SDVOSBs until January 1, 2024. With the grace period coming to an end at the start of the new year, self-certified SDVOSBs are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible to ensure they will be able to continue to do business with the federal government as certified contractors.

By rule, self-certified SDVOSBs that submit a complete application with SBA VetCert on or before December 31, 2023, will maintain their eligibility until SBA issues a final eligibility decision. These exceptions do not apply to the VA contracting authority. VOSBs and SDVOSBs seeking sole-source and set-aside opportunities with the VA must be certified by SBA VetCert.

To start an application, visit veterans.certify.sba.gov.

To inquire about the self-certification grace period termination or how it applies to your business, contact the VetCert toll-free call center:

· Call: 800-862-8088

· Monday – Friday

· 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET (excludes federal holidays)

Email: vetcert@sba.gov