Individuals and groups interested in managing the Washington License Office may now submit bids.

The Missouri Office of Administration announced this week it is accepting management contract bids now through Nov. 22.

The license bureau is currently managed by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, which plans to submit a bid to continue running the office, located in its building.

A copy of the request for proposal, or RFP, which bidders are required to use to develop their bids can be viewed on the Missouri Department of Revenue website.

Prospective bidders also may tour the Washington license office Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m, to gain a perspective of how the office is operated.

According to the state, in fiscal year 2013, more than 47,500 transactions were conducted at the Washington office, generating $160,689 in agent processing fees.

The department of revenue oversees 182 license offices which are operated by independent agents. All of the license offices were put out for bid under the competitive procurement process in 2009.

Contracts were awarded for one year with three one-year renewal options.

The offices process vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses, and collect vehicle sales taxes.

The move toward a competitive procurement process overhauled the way contracts are awarded and was one of the first actions of Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration.

Bids will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed, methods proposed for performing the services and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision, a Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise.

The Washington Chamber previously was granted two contract extensions.

The Washington license office is managed by Deborah Billings-Knight. The office has four full-time and one part-time employees.

Chamber President Jennifer Giesike said her organization will submit a proposal to retain operation of the license bureau here because it’s an important community service.

Management of the Union and Pacific license offices also are going out for bid.