Contracts will soon be up for renewal of 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.
Jennifer Giesike, president of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, which operates the Washington License Bureau, said she has not yet received official notification of the competitive bid process.
“Our contract for the license office was supposed to expire May 21, and the state sent us an amendment form to fill out which extended our license until Aug. 21,” she said. “That amendment was just signed at the end of June, so the state is behind on all of this. But I guess we will be hearing from them soon on going out for bids.”
Giesike said the Washington Chamber will submit a proposal to retain operation of the license bureau here.
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 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.
“This is an opportunity for qualified individuals and groups to run a successful small business in Missouri,” said John Mollenkamp, acting director of the Department of Revenue.
Bidders must have an active Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). Additional information on the procurement process is available on the 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 in the coming weeks.
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.
Giesike said the Washington license office is managed by Deborah Billings-Knight. The office has four full-time and one part-time employees.