THAYER -- The Missouri Department of Revenue announced last week that the motor vehicle and driver's license contract office in Thayer, located at the junction of OO and Highway 63 will close indefinitely Oct. 31, pending relocation.
Gletta Clark, who has served as the license fee agent at the office since May 2005, said she and her husband Ron have sold Clarks Auto Salvage where the office is located and will be retiring.
"We want people to know the office will remain open all day Oct. 31," she said. Clark said business hours are 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m.
"We are sorry we have to close the Thayer office, but because we are retiring we have no choice," Clark said. "We sincerely hope the state opens up another office to serve the customers in the Thayer area."
Clark said she has enjoyed serving the citizens of the community.
Maura Browning with the Missouri Department of Revenue said she could not comment on why the office in Thayer was closing but did say in a news release dated Oct. 17 that the residents of Oregon County have a motor vehicle office located at Alton that they can access. The office is located at 515 North Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed for lunch, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The office is also open on Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.
The Alton Office can be reached by phone at 417-778-2004.
Browning said there is also a license office in West Plains at 1504 Preacher RoeBlvd., Suite 4 and in Doniphan at 1216 Walnut Street.
"A mail-in option is available for most vehicle transactions, and instructions are included on the motor vehicle renewal notice. Customers with questions are encouraged to call 573-751-4509 or visit the department online at www.door.mo.gov,\" she said.
"We don't know right now if we are going to bid the Thayer office out or make an appointment to the office," Browning said. She added that her office just wants to do the right thing.
"We don't want the citizens of Thayer without a license fee office," Browning said.
This will not be the first time Thayer has been without a license fee office.
In early March 2005, the Thayer office closed after officials in Jefferson City announced a new license fee agent would be appointed, replacing Thayer license fee agent Dick Richardson. The office remained closed until May, when Clark was appointed.
Thayer Mayor Allen Deckard said he is not happy about the Thayer office closing.
He said he hopes the office is not closed as long this time as it was last year.
"The license fee office being closed for nearly three months created a hardship for the citizens of Thayer," he said.
"Working people were put in a bind by having to miss a half day or a full day of work to be able to renew their driver's licenses, car tags or any other licensing need they might have," he said.
"Sixty-five percent of the citizens of Thayer are senior citizens. Having to drive to Alton, West Plains or Doniphan hurts them financially as the price of gas has skyrocketed," the mayor said.