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March 21, 2011

New Agent & Location Named for Potosi License Office

JEFFERSON CITY - The Potosi/Washington County Chamber of Commerce will be the new agent for the Potosi Motor Vehicle and License Office.  The winning proposal was chosen as part of a competitive bidding process that is used for all of Missouri's local license offices.

The winning bid was one of three submitted for the office.  The Potosi/Washington County Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development and community events in the greater Washington County area.

The Potosi License Office will be moving to a new location.  The office will be located at 303 N. Missouri St., Suite C.

The management contract for the office became open in January when the state canceled the contract with the previous office agent.

The opening day and any changes in office hours or other operations of the license office will be announced by the new agent.

According to figures from Fiscal Year 2010, there were an estimated 34,020 transactions conducted at the Potosi office, and it generated about $114,735 in agent processing fees.

Bidders have the option of returning part of the office revenues to the state.  The chamber's winning bid included a 1 percent ($1,147) return to state.  About $1 million is estimated to be returned to the state during the first contract year from all 183 local license offices.

Although the Missouri Department of Revenue implemented the new bidding system in January of 2009 after being authorized to do so by Gov. Jay Nixon, it didn't become part of state law until legislation was signed by the Governor in the summer of 2009. The new law was overwhelmingly approved by both Republican and Democratic members of the Missouri Legislature.

Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, said she was pleased the new office will be opening soon.

"I'm pleased that the new agent has been selected, and I'm confident that the office will provide excellent service to the citizens in the Washington County area," she said.

During the interim period before the new Potosi License Office opens, there are several other area license offices where Washington County customers can go to conduct transactions.  The offices, their addresses, phone numbers, and operating hours are:

Bonne Terre - 522-A Benham St., (573) 358-3584, Weekdays (except Tuesday), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Last Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

De Soto - 324 S. Main St., (636) 586-9228, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Ironton - 116 W. Russell St., (573) 546-3204, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Steelville - 207 W. Main St., (573) 775-3828, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed for lunch (Monday through Friday), 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Sullivan - 111 Progress Dr., (573) 860-2328, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Last Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Viburnum - #2 Viburnum Center, (573) 244-3380, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

A list of all license offices is available at http://dor.mo.gov/offloc/

Many Washington County citizens can also renew their motor vehicle registrations (license plates) online at www.plates.mo.gov.  

All local license offices provide services that are overseen by the Department of Revenue, but each office is operated by an independent agent.


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