License Plate Change Protested

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A tax collector's office processes several thousand license plate renewals and new tag purchases every day. Florida Tax Collectors are baffled why the state wants to out-source the plate distribution to a private company, and they filed the challenge, seeking to have an 82 page invitation to negotiate withdrawn.

“The funds that would go into changing a process that currently works with no benefit to the consumer and that's the whole issue. I think it's strictly customer service," said Doris Malloy.

The tax collector's biggest concern is that tags ordered online won't show up, but the motorist will show up there, but won't be able to get any help.

The current plates are made by prisoners in a public-private partnership with Prison Industries. PRIDE is also challenging the department's efforts to seek bids.

But Highway Safety is moving ahead. Proposals are due December 3rd, and the schedule calls for four companies to be selected to begin negotiating by December 10th. The state says no decisions have been made.

"The bid process is just collecting information we're still in the very early stages so we're sitting down and talking to various people and there is exchange of information back and forth and that's where we're at right now," said Highway Safety Spokesperson Kirsten Olson-Doolan.

Meanwhile, four designs crafted by the state are online. The public is being asked to vote. In the first week, 35,000 people cast an online ballot. None of the above is not a choice.

While more than 35,000 people have voted for one of the four designs, the state says it doesn’t want to reveal winners and losers until the voting closes December 14th.