Prequalification of Public Works Vendors

Notice to Vendors : Please take note that amendments have been made to the Procurement Regulations requiring that all vendors who wish to bid on non-Department of Transportation (DOT) public works projects with an estimated value of $1,000,000 or higher must be prequalified by the Division of Purchases prior to bid. For the sake of convenience and with the understanding that the prequalification requirements are new, the Division of Purchases intends to invoke 220-RICR-30-00-4.6(A)(1)(c) (the Purchasing Agent may “specify in the Solicitation that vendors who are not prequalified may bid on a public works project but the vendor must be prequalified prior to the issuance of the award”) for Solicitations posted from November 28, 2019 until November 28, 2020. This invocation has been extended to May 1, 2021. While this allowance is in place, the Division still encourages all vendors who intend to bid on non-DOT public works projects with an estimated value of $1,000,000 or higher to submit prequalification packages at their earliest opportunity. Note that prequalification is general and not associated with any particular bid. A full copy of the regulation text can be found at:

For your convenience, the Vendor Prequalification Guidance Document (including helpful FAQs) and the Vendor Prequalification Packet Form are accessible below:

Packages should be submitted to:

Rhode Island Division of Purchases
Attn: Nancy McIntyre, State Purchasing Agent
One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02908

Questions should be submitted by email to: