State Auditor Focuses on Missouri License Offices

4 years 11 months 5 days ago April 17, 2012 Apr 17, 2012 Tuesday, April 17 2012 Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:10:08 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- 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 says 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 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.

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