Nixon starts seeking bids for Missouri license offices

JEFFERSON CITY | Gov. Jay Nixon has started seeking competitive bids to run the state's vehicle and driver's license offices.

Nixon on Wednesday said that the Revenue Department has started the bid process for six of the state's 183 privately run license offices. His new revenue director, Karen Mitchell, says the rest of the offices should be gradually bid out by the end of the year.

License offices have traditionally been awarded by governors to their political supporters.

Former Gov. Matt Blunt initially awarded the offices that way, but he started seeking competitive bids part-way through his term.

Nixon says his plan for competitive bids will end the political patronage system.