Verification Application Instructions
Instructions for requesting Verification of your firm as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) or a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) are as follows:
Registered businesses, or businesses wishing to register in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database for the purpose of securing opportunities in the Veterans First Contracting Program, must fill out an electronic Verification application (VA Form 0877) located at the top of the VIP profile.
As the registering agent for a business, you must complete your portion of the form and, if you are not at least 51% owner of your business, the other Veteran business partner(s) must also complete and sign their own Verification form(s).
The acceptable method for submitting your VA Form 0877 is via the electronic form. In unusual cases, the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) may authorize an individual to fax the VA Form 0877.
Surviving spouses of 100% service-connected disabled Veterans, or a Veteran who died as direct result of his/her service-connected disability, may register the business as if they were a Veteran.
The enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of your Veteran-Owned Small business are as follows: “Any business concern that is determined by the Secretary to have misrepresented the status of that concern as a small concern owned and controlled by Veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by Service-Disabled Veterans for purposes of this subsection shall be debarred from contracting with the Department for a reasonable period of time, as determined by the Secretary.” [38 U.S.C. Section 8127 (g)]
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not recognize your Small Business as Veteran-Owned or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned if you do not submit the information and your profile is not Verified as a Veteran-Owned or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business.
You must be registered in VIP before submitting a VA Form 0877. In order to process VA Form 0877 in a timely manner, it is important for you to read and comply with the following instructions. Not adhering to these instructions may delay processing of VA Form 0877. If you are a Service-Disabled Veteran, and you are not receiving compensation from the VA, before submitting your VA Form 0877, we strongly encourage you to call your local VBA Regional Office at (800) 827-1000 and ask them to verify that your Service-Disabled Veteran status is updated in your BIRLS record. This applies to all levels of service rating, to include 0%.
The most common reasons for delay of the Verification Process are listed below. Please review these before completing your form to prevent a delay in processing your application. Also review the Common Form 0877 Mistakes and how you can avoid them!
Access the VIP to begin the Verification process.