State auditor focuses on contract bidding for Missouri license offices

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 5:22 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is raising concerns about the bidding and oversight of license offices.

The 183 offices handle motor vehicle registration and titling, and driver's license renewals. Operators keep a fee for each transaction, and contracts to run them now are competitively bid.

In a pair of audits released Tuesday, Schweich said officials allowed one group that violated its contracts to rebid for offices.

He also questioned how bonus points are awarded to not-for-profit and civic groups. The audit also questioned how much money bidders for the offices would return to state government.

The Department of Revenue says Missouri law requires tax-exempt and civic groups be given priority in bidding for contract offices. The agency says it began awarding more bonus points to comply with the law.

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