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April 17, 2009

Bidding Process Used to Choose Agents for Columbia, West Plains and Doniphan License Offices

The Missouri Department of Revenue, after utilizing a competitive bid process, today awarded the management of three more local motor vehicle license offices.  The three offices awarded today are in Columbia, West Plains and Doniphan.

Columbia Licensing Services LLC (Limited Liability Company) has been awarded the right to run the license office in Columbia.  Bruce Wilson of Columbia is the managing member of the LLC.  The license office will remain at 403 Vandiver Drive, Suite B.

The license office in West Plains has been awarded to the incumbent agent, Missouri License Office of West Plains LLC.  The presiding officer of the LLC is Judy Von Allmen.  The license office will remain at 1504 Preacher Roe Blvd., Suite 4.

The Doniphan license office will be run by John Young of Doniphan.  The office will be relocated to 98 Courthouse Square.

Details about any changes in the operating hours of the offices will be announced by the agents.

The three offices awarded today are the latest to have their management chosen using a new bidding process that was implemented when Gov. Jay Nixon took office on Jan. 12.  The new system calls for people or groups to submit detailed bids to obtain the management contracts to operate the offices.  The Columbia office received two bids, West Plains received three and there was one bid for the Doniphan office.

Karen King Mitchell, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, said the process has gone well.

“The teams evaluating these bids were looking for the best business plan for each office,” Mitchell said. “I am proud of how thorough and conscientious the teams were.”

As part of their bids, the Columbia and West Plains office agents agreed to return a portion of their profits to the state.  The cumulative amount of estimated annual funds that will be returned to the state from the seven license offices that have been awarded so far under the bidding process is $56,612.

“The willingness of agents to return some of their profits is a great cost-efficiency measure for the state,” Mitchell said.

All 183 local license offices provide services that are overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue, but each office is operated by an independent contractor.  Transactions that are conducted at these offices include the issuance and renewal of driver licenses, applying for titles for motor vehicles, and the issuance and renewal of registration for motor vehicles, boats and outboard motors.

Additional information on the bids will be posted by the Missouri Office of Administration within the next few days.