Contracts for at least 36 of Missouri’s 179 state license offices are being bid for the second time in a year as the state continues to try to iron out problems in what has long been a controversial and politicized system.
The offices are run by individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups that pay for staff and potentially earn a profit with thousands of dollars charged for processing fees. Gov. Jay Nixon established the new competitive bidding process in 2009.
The offices were formerly awarded to political supporters of whoever controlled the governor’s office because of the potentially lucrative fees the office operators are allowed to tack onto the state fees for documents like driver licenses and license plate registrations.