Trucking Permits


Trucking permits usually refers to heavy haul trucking and overweight or overdimensional freight. Permits are required by law for any freight that exceeds the weight or dimensions specified on the state's website. Permits are required for each state that a truck travels through.

Permits can be bought at the appropriate state agency or through a permitting company. The duration of a permit depends on the state and kind of permit, some are temporary and last only a few days, others can be bought that last a year. You can learn more about permits by watching the video below, reading the transcript, or reading the more detailed discussion below the video.

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"Welcome to Today we're going to go over trucking permits. Permitting usually applies to heavy haul trucks and oversized, overdimensional freight. The size and weight of the freight determines how many permits you have to buy. If the weight exceeds the axle limits, you have to buy overweight permits. If it's over 10 feet wide it's overwide permits, if it's over 13 feet tall it's high permits.

Additionally you have to buy permits for every state you drive through. For instance, if you're in California, and you're going to Maryland, you have to buy permits for every state between California and Maryland.

You can buy permits through state agencies or a permitting agency.

This is just a brief overview of how permitting works.

Fortunately, when you book with us, it's all included in the price when we give you a quote, so you don't have to worry. If you want it all broken down into fuel, permits, etc.. we can do that too, just give us a call. Thanks!"

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What are the rules and exact measurements for trucking permits?

Each state has different rules, regulations, and exact measurements for when a permit is required. For example, California requires permits for total height above 14', while Florida requires a permit for total height above 13'6. Weight is usually broken up into gross, steer, single, tandem, and tridem, which each having different exact weights for each state. For trips that span many states, this can get quite complicated and overwhelming for anyone not familiar with permitting.

Additionally, if a load is especially large, depending the state, there are restrictions on the times of day that that size freight can drive on their roads. Some states even restrict especially large freight to certain roads at specific times.

What about pilot cars?

Pilot cars are usually required for extra large freight, however, the exact measurements when pilot cars become necessary depends on the state. Some states also require police escort for especially large or dangerous freight.

What if a truck doesn't have the proper permits?

If a truck, which is overweight or overdimensional, drives through a state without the proper permits, they will be fined and forced to obtain the proper temporary permits. Usually the truck is stopped until those permits are acquired which can mean long delays, or missed pick ups. This is why it is important to get all the required permits for each trip before actually making the trip.

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