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June 30, 2009

Caruthersville, Charleston, Crane, Greenville, Steelville & Stockton License Office Contracts Will Be Subject to Competitive Process

In a move to bring greater accountability and efficiency to Missouri’s motor vehicle/license offices, the management contracts for six local license offices will be awarded through a competitive bidding process championed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

“The process of awarding the opportunity to run a local license office has changed dramatically since I took office,” Gov. Nixon said.  “Instead of politics and patronage determining who gets an office, the new process emphasizes sound business plans and customer service.”

The governor also noted that large majorities of Republican and Democratic legislators recently approved a bill that would permanently put his new competitive process into state law.

“Members of both political parties followed my lead and supported this common sense proposal that eliminates politics and puts the needs of the citizens first,” Gov. Nixon said.

The six offices that have been put up for bid this week are in Caruthersville, Charleston, Crane, Greenville, Steelville and Stockton.  Bidders will have five weeks (or until August 4) to respond to bid proposals overseen 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 rates when deciding who gets to operate a license office.

“The department uses a detailed point scale that evaluates an office location, the bidder’s experience, plans for customer service and whether or not a bidder is a not-for-profit or civic organization,” she said.  “The main focus is to make sure that potential agents will run their offices in a way that is fiscally sound and that is convenient for customers.”

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 105 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.  Twenty-eight 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
Caruthersville 28,908 $95,347 B3Z09379
Charleston 22,215 $73,647 B3Z09381
Crane 14,051 $46,401 B3Z09380
Greenville 18,916 $63,713 B3Z09382
Steelville 13,397 $44,499 B3Z09383
Stockton 20,704 $68,568 B3Z09384