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May 26, 2009

Competitive Bids Will Determine Management of Buffalo, Clinton, Cuba, Pineville, Sullivan & Versailles License Offices

The management contracts of six more local motor vehicle license offices were put up for bid today as part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s plan to make state government more responsive, efficient and accountable.

“When people want to get a driver’s license or their license plates, they don’t care if the local license office is run by a Democrat, Republican or independent – and neither do I,” Gov. Nixon said.  “What’s important is that customers are treated well and that the office is run in a professional manner. This bidding process helps achieve those goals.”

The governor also noted that the Missouri General Assembly recently approved legislation that will permanently put his bidding process into state law.

“There’s no turning back from the progress we’ve made,” Gov. Nixon said.

The six offices that have been put up for bid this week are Buffalo, Clinton, Cuba, Pineville, Sullivan and Versailles.  Bidders will have five weeks (or until June 30) to respond to bid proposals administered by the Office of Administration (OA).  Teams from the Missouri Department of Revenue will evaluate the bids.

Karen King Mitchell, director of the Department of Revenue, noted some of the criteria that the department teams use when considering bids.

“The teams will be looking at a bidder’s plans for customer service, the hours of operation, the accessibility and security of the office location, the past business or license office experience of the office staff, and whether some of the revenues will be returned to the state,” Mitchell said.

Common transactions that take place at local license offices include renewing or applying for a driver’s license, renewing or applying for registration on motor vehicles, boats and outboard motors, and applying for titles and paying sales taxes on these units.

Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFPs) that bidders will use to develop their bids can be viewed at https://www.moolb.mo.gov/.  To review an RFP, select “Guest” on the home page, click on “Open Bids By Agency,” then scroll through the list of bids until the appropriate bid is located.  (Bid numbers for this week’s offices are located below.)  Additional information regarding the bidding process can be obtained at http://oa.mo.gov/purch/vendorinfo/DORoffices.pdf or by calling OA at (573) 751-2387.

The time to bid for 78 of Missouri’s 183 license offices has ended.  The list of bidders on offices for which the bidding time has closed can be obtained at http://oa.mo.gov/purch/dorlist.pdf.  Sixteen offices have been awarded under the bidding process.  For a list of winning bids for license offices, please go to http://oa.mo.gov/purch/awardedfeeoffices.pdf.

OfficeFY08 Estimated TransactionsFY08 Estimated Processing FeesBid Number
Buffalo 30,975 $100,450 B3Z09337
Clinton 42,318 $140,517 B3Z09341
Cuba 23,247 $75,828 B3Z09342
Pineville 33,029 $109,518 B3Z09338
Sullivan 32,175 $103,928 B3Z09339
Versailles 34,090 $112,930 B3Z09340