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December 14, 2011

Interested Bidders Will Have Until Jan. 3 to Submit Proposals to Manage Thayer License Office

JEFFERSON CITY - Interested groups or individuals will have until Jan. 3 to bid to operate the Thayer License Office.

The Office of Administration last week issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) asking for bids to manage the office.  The ability for people or groups to bid to run local license offices is part of Gov. Jay Nixon's reformed competitive process that requires the Missouri Department of Revenue to choose office agents that present the best proposals for customer service and financial efficiency.

Ranette Ray, the current agent, will remain the agent while the office is out for bid.

Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, explained how the bidding process will work.

"People or groups interested in managing the license office will have until Jan. 3 to respond to the Office of Administration with a bid," she said.  "All of the bids are then evaluated by a review team at the Department of Revenue, and the proposal that scores best in the areas of customer service, business experience, office location and other criteria is the one that is chosen."

During Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011), the Thayer office conducted 9,748 transactions and generated $32,685 in agent processing fees.  The office is located at 151 E. Walnut St. in Thayer.  Potential bidders can propose to keep the office at the current address or submit another location in Thayer. 

People interested in submitting a bid to operate the Thayer office may take a tour of the current facility at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19.

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

A copy of the RFP 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.  (The bid number for the Thayer office is B3Z12108.)  Additional information regarding the bidding process can be obtained at http://oa.mo.gov/purch/vendorinfo/DORoffices.pdf or by calling the Office of Administration at (573) 751-2387.


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