Tax Identification Number
Harford County Public Schools are specifically exempt from retail sales tax under
Maryland Certificate Number 3000120-1. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is
Minority Business Program
The Purchasing Department encourages minority businesses to compete to provide goods
and services to the Harford County Public Schools and certified Minority Business
Enterprises are encouraged to respond to solicitation notices. The school system
utilizes the State of Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) certification
program. HCPS follows the State of Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise requirements.
Goals for minority participation are set for each project. You may apply for minority
certification by calling the Department of Transportation, Minority Business Enterprise
Department at 410-865-1241 or check out their web site at
Vendors and sales representatives are required to have an appointment to meet with
Purchasing Staff. Please call 410-638-4080 to schedule an appointment.
The Harford County Public Schools may utilize cooperative purchasing agreements
awarded by other public entities or cooperative purchasing organizations when it
is determined to be in our best interest.
The Purchasing Department's operating procedures are governed by the State of Maryland
Education Articles, Board of Education, and School Administration Policies.
Formal competitive sealed bidding is required on requirements that exceed $25,000.00
in total value. Dividing a large requirement into smaller amounts to avoid the requirement
for formal bidding is contrary to the intent of this policy. Formal Bidding
may not be required if there is an opportunity to "piggyback" a contract issued
by another public entity.
Bids and proposals over $25,000 are advertised on our web site and may be advertised
in eMaryland Marketplace.
The Department of Planning and Construction handles the bidding of large construction
projects as well as major renovation projects. Information on current solicitations
may be obtained by calling 410-638-4090.