How to Bid

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  • The Maryland State Highway Administration does not pre-qualify contractors, nor do we maintain a Bidder’s List.
  • Bids for $100,000.00 or more must be accompanied with a bid security of 5% of the total bid amount. This can be in the form of a Bid Bond, Certified Check, Cashier’s Check or Cash. If your firm is the low bidder, Performance and Payment Bonds of 100% of the bid amount are required in order to execute the contract.
  • Contract solicitations are advertised on this SHA website, and on the Department of General Services website for a minimum of 20 days prior to Bid Letting.
  • The 2008 Standard Specifications for Construction & Materials is now available online at: Or go to: . Click on “Business Center / Business Standards and Specifications / 2008 Standard Specifications for Construction & Materials”.
  • If you feel your company may qualify as a Minority Business Enterprise, contact:

    Office of Minority Business Enterprise
    Maryland Department of Transportation
    7201 Corporate Center Drive
    Hanover, MD 21076
    410-865-1240 or 1-800-544-6056
  • You may also visit the main Maryland Department of Transportation website at:
  • All successful bidders must be registered with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, 301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-1350 and possess a valid State of Maryland Construction License. For details about obtaining the construction license, please call the State of Maryland License Bureau at 410-260-6240.
  • For other information pertaining to regulations in this state, you may need to contact the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at 410-230-6001,; the Maryland Department of the Environment at 410-537-3000 or 1-800-633-6101,; and to obtain a Federal ID Number, call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040.

Private organizations and trade journals that may offer expertise are:

Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association
2408 Peppermill Drive, Suite F
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Dodge Reports
Heaver Plaza Building
1301 York Road, Suite 103
Lutherville, MD 21093


Maryland/Washington Minority Contractors Association, Inc.
P. O. Box 29602
Baltimore, MD 21216

If you have any further questions about bidding with the Maryland State Highway Administration please contact:

Ms. Teresa VanKirk
Chief Office of Construction
Contracts Award Team
7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, MD 21076

Thank you for your interest in the Maryland State Highway Administration.