Affirmative Action Program Verification

All contractors from whom the state or any of its political subdivisions make purchases shall have a written affirmative action program for the employment and effective utilization of economically disadvantaged persons.

Applicability: Goods or Services

All purchases contracts of $2,500 or more shall contain affirmative action provisions to include the Affirmative Action Program Verification requirement.

The contractor has an option to adopt the State of Ohio’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy statement and affirmative action program (AAP), or develop and email the company’s EEO policy statement and AAP to

The company’s EEO policy may be found unacceptable if

  • the policy does not identify the company's designee and contact information for questions or complaints;
  • the policy does not include a complete list of protected classes; or
  • the policy is outdated.

The company's AAP may be found unacceptable if

  • an EEO policy statement is provided as an AAP;
  • only a portion of the AAP is submitted; or
  • the AAP is outdated.

Steps for Affirmative Action Program Verification Submittal

The applicant must file an Affirmative Action Program Verification application through the Ohio Business Gateway. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed.  Additional information may be requested. Upon application approval, the company will receive its approval email and the certificate is posted on EOD’s website.

Steps to Submit Application

  1. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  2. Log in using username and password
  3. Ensure "Equal Opportunity Division" is among available service areas
  4. Select "Affirmative Action Program Verification" and complete the form
  5. Click "Accept" button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page
  6. Submit supporting documentation as required to

Note: Forms will not be received by the Division unless data is "accepted" to complete the application which generates a business user's confirmation receipt. The form will be received in the Division the following business day.


We at EOD are excited to partner with the Ohio Business Gateway Modernization Project in an effort to make doing business with the State of Ohio easier and more efficient. Whether completing a Unified Application for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program, applying for a new Certificate of Compliance or Affirmative Action Program Verification, or even completing your monthly Workhour Utilization Reports (I-29s), it is our hope that this improved process will be easy and drastically improve the way your business interacts with state government. 

Wondering how to locate the forms you need to complete on the Ohio Business Gateway? Here are some tutorial videos the Gateway team put together to help you log in and add service areas (and forms) to your profile.