Union Area Chamber of Commerce officials must submit a proposal as part of a competitive bid process to manage the license office.

The Union license office came up for competitive bid Monday, Oct. 21, and the Chamber must complete a Request for Proposals (RFPs) to the Department of Revenue.

All 182 license offices in the state will be required to be competitively bid.

“We went through this a few years ago,” said Chamber President Stacy Rio. “It happens every few years and I am not worried about us getting a bid.”

Bids must be submitted by Nov. 15. Prospective bidders may tour the Union office Nov. 5 from 4;30-5;30 p.m.

In the 2013 fiscal year, there were more than 47,300 transactions conducted at the license office, which generated $160,268 in agent processing fees.

“We run it really well and we have one of the top license offices,” said Rio. “I don’t think it will be a problem getting the bid.”

Contracts are coming up for renewal at the majority of Missouri license offices.

This means interested individuals and groups will have an opportunity to submit bids on operating one or more of the offices located throughout the state.

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

Contractors can charge fees and earn a healthy profit in some high-traffic areas.

All Missouri 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 move toward a competitive procurement process of the license offices overhauled the way local motor vehicle and driver’s license offices are awarded, and was one of the first actions of Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration.

Bidders must have an active Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). Additional information on the procurement process is available on the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website.

The Department of Revenue, through the Office of Administration, will post a Request for Proposal (RFP) for each of the license offices when they come up for bid.

Interested bidders will have approximately four weeks to bid on operating any of the offices.

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 Women Business Enterprise (WBE) or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise.

Once a bid proposal has been made public by the state’s Office of Administration (OA), bidders will have to submit a plan that details how the office will be managed. Criteria such as customer service, financial stability, employee qualifications and office security/accessibility are just some of the parameters that the Department of Revenue will evaluate.

Copies of the RFPs that bidders will use to submit their proposals can be viewed at www.moolb.mo.gov.