All Kiowa Tribal Offices Are Closed to the Public Due to Covid-19.
All Kiowa Tribal Offices Are Closed to the Public Due to Covid-19.
Nick Hutchins, Tax Commission Director
The below pictures are Tax Commission Building upgrades and renovations completed back in November of 2020! Thanks to Longbow Logistics, Inc. and Kiowa Maintenance Department for your great accomplishments by making this happen!
To register a vehicle, you must be an Oklahoma resident and a Kiowa Tribal member and must be at least 18 years of age or older. You do not have to make an appointment. You can either call in your request, mail it in (Vehicle, make/model, color, current insurance policy on the vehicle, photocopy of your licenses and Tribal ID card, along with the payment method you desire to use), physically visit our walk-in member lobby (lots of refreshments/snacks available) which is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, or use our Drive-Through, which is also open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We do not shut down for lunch. There will always be someone available during this time frame to serve you.
BE SURE TO PARK IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING IF YOU DESIRE TO WALK IN FOR SERVICE. THE BACK OF THE BUILDING IS EMPLOYEE PARKING. THANK YOU!
Kiowa Tribal members living within the State of Oklahoma are entitled to purchase Tribal tags from the Kiowa Tax Commission. The Kiowa Tag office offers registration for the following:
All of the prices are listed in the Pamphlets and Forms section of this webpage. You may download and print these off. Other forms are there as well for other items that you need to take care of through our tag office (i.e. duplicate titles, changes, renewals, replacements, etc...)
When you register a vehicle, you must be the vehicle owner and not register a vehicle for another relative or friend. This is not only illegal but against the law in the State of Oklahoma. You must also register a vehicle within 30 days after purchase, or you could lose your license. This again is an Oklahoma law.
NOTE: THE TAX COMMISSION WILL NO LONGER PROCESS RENEWALS OR NEW TAGS UNTIL THE PROOF OF INSURANCE IS MADE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF SERVICE. THEREFORE, EMAILING OR MAILING THE INSURANCE AND RECEIVING SERVICES BEFORE RECEIPT OF INSURANCE WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED, UNLESS YOU DO THIS IN ADVANCE. THIS HAS PRESENTED ISSUES OF TRIBAL MEMBERS NOT FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH PROVIDING PROOF OF INSURANCE.
A single requestor is limited to the issuance of two (02) duplicate Titles to a single-vehicle.
Your tags must be kept up to date. There is only a 30 day grace period until you are penalized for a late tag. The penalty is $8.00 each month that the tag is expired. The Oklahoma Tax Commission charges $1.00 every day up to a total of $100, then other fees arise having to pay the $100, in addition to other late fees that are more than the Tribe's present $8.00 fee per month.
Location: 100 Kiowa Way, Highway 9 West, Carnegie, OK 73015
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 369, Carnegie, OK 73015
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Nick Hutchins ~ 580-654-6392
Office Manager: Charlene Allen ~ 580-654-6320
Tag Agent: Amber Pritchett ~ 580-654-6319
Drive-Through Office ~ 580-654-6468
Tag Documentation Links ~ If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on the following link: https://get.adobe.com/reader/
We would like to welcome you to our new online ordering system. This system has been in the making for approximately three months trying to ensure all the data and pertinent information is available to you in order to make it user-friendly. Please use this especially if you live a good distance from Carnegie.
Since my arrival in July of 2020, we have far exceeded the expectations we were given to maximize Tribal member satisfaction. In addition, we have minimized the issues that were not in line with the focus on professionalism, timeliness, and appearance. Our Tag Business is alive and well. Just this past year, we generated approximately $50
Since my arrival in July of 2020, we have far exceeded the expectations we were given to maximize Tribal member satisfaction. In addition, we have minimized the issues that were not in line with the focus on professionalism, timeliness, and appearance. Our Tag Business is alive and well. Just this past year, we generated approximately $500,000.00! I am happy to serve all Tribal Members, and look forward to seeing or talking to you! Nick Hutchins
At present, we generate revenue from oil/gas companies that produce these raw products from Tribal land known as Royalties. We presently have 15 companies of which just last year, we generated nearly $400,000.00 just this past year from the Oil/Gas Industry. ($393,312.53 to be exact!)
The Kiowa Tribe generates revenue three different ways from the three Kiowa Casinos (Carnegie, Devol & Verden). The first is through sales tax the casinos charge on sales. The second is through liquor and tobacco sales, and the last is issuing tobacco licenses to each of the casinos. Just this past year, the Tribe generated approximately $100,000.00 from this source of revenue.
Nick has been with the Kiowa Tribe for two and a half years. He served as the Tribe's Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, Director of Procurement, and now Director for the Tax Commission department. He is a retired school administrator and retired Coast Guard officer. He spent nearly 22 years on active duty. He holds multiple degree
Nick has been with the Kiowa Tribe for two and a half years. He served as the Tribe's Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, Director of Procurement, and now Director for the Tax Commission department. He is a retired school administrator and retired Coast Guard officer. He spent nearly 22 years on active duty. He holds multiple degrees: Doctorate (ABD), Masters in Management, Masters in Educational Leadership, & Bachelors in Business Administration. He has traveled to all 50 states & 25 countries.
Charlene has been with the Kiowa Tribe for nine years. She started out with the Tax Commission Department, where she is now serving as Office Manager. She worked in Higher Education for the Choctaw Nation for two years. She attended college at Murray State and obtained her associate's degree in Business. She later attended Bacone College.
Charlene has been with the Kiowa Tribe for nine years. She started out with the Tax Commission Department, where she is now serving as Office Manager. She worked in Higher Education for the Choctaw Nation for two years. She attended college at Murray State and obtained her associate's degree in Business. She later attended Bacone College. She has generated over $1.8M revenue during her nine years with Tax Commission.
Amber has been with the Kiowa Tribe for two years. She was previously employed at Clinton Indian Health Services. She attended Fort Lewis College and is a United States Navy veteran. Amber is a dedicated agent who has nearly reached her second $100K Revenue Club certificate of honor. This time frame goes from July 12, 2020, to the present that she has accomplished this milestone.
Tag Price changes have not occurred over 15 years at the Kiowa Tax Commission office. With this in mind, the prices to produce license plates have skyrocketed and at the same time, the Tribe is not economically feasible keeping the old prices so low, that no revenue can be generated each year with the inflated prices of materials and labor. Therefore, a price change proposal has been submitted to the Kiowa Legislators for changes to occur in the near future. The changes are such that it will not financially impact the Tribe in any way other than generating approximately $250,000.00 more over the next two years. Keep in mind, these monies are rolled back over to take care of our Elderly programs and a certain portion is placed back in the general fund to operate the Tribal programs. Click on the price change proposal in the Pamphlets and Forms section of this webpage.
The Federal Law has included NOAA and USPHS Officers as veterans provided they retired and were given either a form or letter from each service, which must be presented at the tag office, should you qualify under either service. Thanks to a Tribal member who was a retired USPHS officer who brought this law up as a result of the Tax Commission supporting Federal laws that have been enacted.
(Pictured above is Janelle Horse who works at AOA)
Effective August 2, 2021, Kiowa Elders who are 65 years and older will receive one free tag or one-time renewal for their vehicle. All they need to show is their current Driver's License for proof of age. You must be the owner of the vehicle you are registering. It can't be anyone else who may fall under 65 years of age. This is to benefit the elder and his or her vehicle.
On December 20, 2019, the Space Force Branch became the six military branches. Therefore if you served in the Space Force and are a Kiowa Tribal member, you are considered a veteran.
Bids were sent to five vendors approximately three months ago to determine a lower possible vendor to provide us with license plates. Luckily, we were able to award this contract to Allied, Inc. who came in at $3.25 a license plate and embossed lettering/numbers that will enhance the look and feel. We were paying approximately $5.00 per plate from the previous vendor.
Any Tribal member who owns a powered boat will be able to register their boat with the Tribe in the near future. You no longer will have to go through the Oklahoma Tax Commission, which you were paying higher prices as well. The tax will be the same as it is for vehicles, which you can download the prices in the forms section of this website. We are waiting for the hull stickers to arrive. Once we have these, I'll send out information on the website as well as Facebook.
The motorcycle license plates that we previously had were too small to place the month/year sticker on these. We have ordered newer size stickers to accommodate these license plates.
Previously, you were allowed to email or text your insurance verification to us in advance before completing the paperwork to either mail or give you your renewal decal in person. However, it has become an issue of not receiving some of the Tribal member's insurance verification promptly. Therefore, we now need the insurance verification in advance to issue you a renewal decal or a new tag. Thank you for your understanding.
The online order system portal is now ready for your use and convenience. As with anything new, I am sure there may be some more glitches and fixes along the way. Please try it out, and let me know personally how your experience was using the system, and what more we need to do to make it better. The first two orders submitted on September 13, 2021 were successful without any issues! My email address is email@example.com and my cell# is 580-951-0210. Good luck!
When you have a vehicle that is not driveable or is broken down, you are still required to have at a minimum, liability insurance on the vehicle. Law enforcement officials will still ticket the car, especially if it does not have a current dated decal on the license plate. The same holds true with insurance. Therefore, when you request a current decal from our tag agent office, you will need to furnish proof of liability insurance.
In October 2021, we are hoping to be going to a new "Cloud " database program called Tag-Pro that is used by many other Native American Tribes in Oklahoma. The old program is antiquated with many issues, and will no longer be supportable by IT. The new program will be linked to the State of Oklahoma as well for tracking purposes and will embellish and enhance usability as well as generate customized reports for accounting and management purposes.
As of July 2021, the Army, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps have given us written permission to use their logo on the new license plates for those Tribal members who served in any of these three branches. We are still waiting on approval from the Air Force, Navy & Space Force. These new license plates will not be available for approximately two months. We are still working with the new vendor to make this happen soon. We will update you when this happens. Click on the approval letters in the pamphlets and forms section of this webpage.
If you have ordered a personal license plate, from the time you order it and the time we receive it is taking approximately eight weeks. We will call you when it arrives. Personal license plates cost $45.00 and can only have seven characters including spaces, of which they are all capitalized if it involves letters.
When we conduct business through a telephone transaction with Tribal members requesting renewals or new tags, and they use a credit or debit card, we must get their permission. Effective 9/1/21, we will require the Tribal member to fill out the Authorization form that you will find in the Pamphlets and Forms section of this webpage. Please download the form, and fill it out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure it's completely filled out. This will be considered a one-time authorization.
From July 15, 2020, through September 2, 2021, the tag office has served 6,746 Tribal members totaling over $476,000.00. The Drive-Through opened in March of 2021, and below are the statistics of the different methods of how we served our Tribal members:
Sub-Total of Tribal Members (35%)
Sub-Total of Tribal Members (40%)
Sub-Total of Tribal Members (25%)
(As of March 2021 when the Drive-Through was opened)
The following companies are listed with the amount received since July 15, 2020 through September 2,2021 (Total - $393,312.53)
The Kiowa Tribe makes revenue from the sales tax from the casinos, selling tobacco licenses and from the liquor sales. The following is a breakdown
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The total amount of revenue recorded on this page is $953,543.00
We ask that only one person per vehicle, visit the Tribal lobby area and that you wear a mask.
Only two Tribal members are allowed in the Tribal lobby area. Please do not bring friends or other relatives, as the lobby is very small.
If you are feeling sick, have a temperature, or any other symptoms associated with the corona virus, we ask that you do not visit, but call us, and we will be glad to assist you through a telephone visit.
We will follow these guidelines pertaining to social distancing. Click on the following link for further instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
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We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, unless one of the weekdays falls on a national holiday or the Chairman has granted administrative leave due to an event or Tribal member/elder funeral. Please call us in advance to ensure we are open before you visit us. You can reach our main number, which is 580-654-6319.