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4. Single trip overweight permits up to and including one hundred sixty thousand (160,000) pounds gross weight—$15 plus $20 per each ten thousand (10,000) pounds in excess of legal gross weight;

5. Single trip overweight permits in excess of one hundred sixty thousand (160,000) pounds gross weight— $15 plus $20 per each ten thousand (10,000) pounds in excess of legal gross weight plus bridge and roadway analysis fee of $425 for each permit for moves from 0–50 miles in length; $625 for 51–200 miles; $925 for over 200 miles (see section (15)). An additional $425 bridge safety fee will be charged if the applicant modifies dimensions or weights on an application and a new bridge analysis is required after the original analysis has been completed;

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6. Annual blanket emergency overweight permit (round trip)—$624—(fee will be prorated quarterly);

7. Annual blanket oversize permit—single commodity—$128 (fee will be prorated quarterly);

8. Annual blanket oversize permit—multiple commodity—$400 (fee will be prorated quarterly);

9. Annual blanket overweight well drillers or concrete pump truck permit—$300 (fee will be prorated quarterly);

10. Thirty-day blanket permit—$300;

11. Project permit—$125;

12. Highway crossing permit—$250; and

13. Noncommercial building movement (in excess of routine dimensions)—$265; and

14. Single Trip Commercial Zone Bridge Analysis $265; and

15. Permit amendment fee—$2. Single trip permits may only be amended within two (2) business days of permit start date. The start date will only be amended if permit effective date is in the future.

Origin, destination and/or commodity being hauled/towed will not be amended. Annual blanket permits may be amended one time throughout the year for truck make and/or license.

Fees shall not be required for permits covering the movement of vehicles and loads owned and operated by governmental subdivisions or agencies.

Permits may be applied for and picked up at the locations listed in subsection (4)(H) during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays listed in paragraph (1)(I)1. Telephone applications are accepted from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at (800) 877-8499 or (573) 751-7100 Monday through Friday except holidays listed in section (1). Internet access is also available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

Office locations for Missouri Department of Transportation—

1. Motor Carrier Services Division, 1320 Creek Trail Drive, PO Box 893, Jefferson City, MO 65102, (800) 877-8499 or (573) 751-7100;

2. St. Joseph—District 1—3602 North Belt Highway, Box 287, St. Joseph, MO 64502, (816) 387-2350;

3. Macon—District 2—U.S. Route 63, PO Box 8, Macon, MO 63552, (660) 385-3176;

4. Hannibal—District 3—Highway 61 South, PO Box 1067, Hannibal, MO 63401, (573) 248-2490;

5. Lee’s Summit—District 4—600 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086, (816) 622-6500;

6. Chesterfield—District 6—14301 S. Outer 40, Chesterfield, MO 63017-5712, (314) 340-4100;

7. Joplin—District 7—3901 East 32nd Street, PO Box 1445, Joplin, MO 64802, (417) 629-3300;

8. Springfield—District 8—3025 E. Kearney, PO Box 868, Springfield, MO 65801, (417) 895-7600;

9. Willow Springs—District 9—910 Springfield Road, PO Box 220, Willow Springs, MO 65793, (417) 469-3134; and

10. Sikeston—District 10—2675 North Main Street, PO Box 160, Sikeston, MO 63801, (573) 472-5333.

All permits may be transmitted by facsimile machine, Internet or electronic mail from the Motor Carrier Services Division located in Jefferson City only. Division facsimile transmission costs and telephone costs are included in

the permit fee (see subsection (4)(E)). The following requirements and procedures apply:

1. For facsimile receiving, the equipment must be fully automatic which may require a dedicated telephone line with unattended operation capabilities; and

2. Proper arrangement for payment of permit fee must be made either by use of escrow accounts, which must be in effect prior to permit application request (see section (5)), or by payment of the fee at the time of application. Permits can only be amended by Motor Carrier Services Division’s staff, as outlined under the circumstances in paragraph (4)(E)15.

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It is the responsibility of the permittee to see that escorts which accompany their moves, adhere to these regulations in addition to the regulations specifying when escorts and flaggers are required, as listed in sections (9), (13), (14), (15) and (16).

An “escort” is defined as a vehicle with operator which accompanies oversize moves to serve as a warning to other traffic that extra caution is required. Operators of escort vehicles shall be properly licensed, obey all traffic laws and be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

The escort vehicle must be a properly licensed single unit vehicle of standard size with unobstructed vision to the front and rear and in safe operating condition. The unit may be an automobile, pickup truck, utility vehicle, station wagon or equivalent.

It is the responsibility of the permittee to ensure the escort’s minimum financial responsibility as required by law is in force at all times.

Oversize load signs shall be displayed on the front and/or rear of the escort vehicle, whichever is applicable for the move. A sign mounted on the top of the vehicle with printing on both sides is acceptable. Signs are to be a minimum size of five feet (5’) long by one foot (1’) high with minimum eight inch (8”) high letters. The sign’s background shall be yellow with black lettering and visible for at least three hundred feet (300’). The legend shall read “OVERSIZE LOAD.” Escort vehicles are to be equipped with at least two (2) red or orange fluorescent warning flags mounted on a staff at the two (2) front extremities of the vehicle for a front escort and at the rear extremities for a rear escort.

The escort vehicle for overheight loads (see paragraph (9)(H)3.) shall have a vertical clearance detection device and have continuous, uninterrupted, two-way communication with the power unit. Flags used for flagging and on permit vehicles shall be clean, red or orange fluorescent, in good condition, with no advertising or wording and be at least eighteen inches (18”) square.

Flaggers are required as outlined in subsection (9)(J). Flaggers shall have proper training in directing traffic.

Escort requirements are as follows:

1. Overwidth. No escort is required for loads up to and including twelve feet four inches (12’4”) in width. Escort requirements for loads exceeding twelve feet four inches (12’4”) in width are in sections (13), (14), (15) and (16); when Missouri State Highway Patrol escorts a load, one front and one rear civilian escort are required on dual lane highways for loads exceeding 16’ wide; however, if there is no patrol escort, than one front and two rear civilian escorts are required.

2. Overlength. A rear escort is required for movements when the vehicle and load exceed ninety feet (90’) for a combination unit on all highways except divided highways and as required in sections (12), (15) and (16);

3. Overheight. A height detection vehicle is required to precede overheight loads exceeding fifteen feet six inches (15’6”). The height detection vehicle shall have a vertical clearance detection device and have direct, continuous, uninterrupted, two-way communication with the power unit; height greater than 17’ requires a Highway Patrol escort; and

4. A separate escort shall be provided for each load and each dimension. Travel in convoy is not allowed.

Additional and/ or special escort requirements may be specified whenever the size, speed or operation of movement might require.

Front escorts shall travel approximately three hundred feet (300’) in front of the load and rear escorts approximately three hundred feet (300’) to the rear of the load. In heavy traffic or when traveling within cities or towns, the escort vehicle should maintain a distance consistent with existing traffic conditions; and MO-10 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Flagging is required whenever the dimensions of overwidth loads are equal to or exceed the width of the traveled lane on two (2)-lane bridges or whenever the movement is of such width or length that it infringes on the adjacent lane of traffic. The operator of the escort vehicle may act as the flagger. On shorter bridges it may not be necessary to actually stop traffic if sight distance is good, but on longer bridges or where sight distance is short, a flagger shall be used to direct traffic and be prepared to stop traffic if necessary. A flagger is also required if the permitted vehicle and load must stop due to a breakdown with all or part infringing on the traveled roadway. Additional traffic control may be required for large complex moves. All traffic control devices shall meet the requirements listed in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.

Regulations for Oversize Permits In addition to the regulations in sections (7), (9), (13), (14), (15) and (16); the following applies to all

oversize permits:

(A) Red or orange fluorescent flags in good condition with a minimum size of eighteen inches (18”) square shall be displayed at the extreme ends or projections of all overwidth and overlength loads, and all four (4) corners of manufactured and sectional home units. Oversize load signs at least five feet (5’) long by twelve inches (12”) high with eight-inch (8”) letters of one and five-eighths inch (1 5/8”) stroke shall be displayed front and rear for loads exceeding ten feet six inches (10’6”) in width on all highways. When the overall length of a combination unit exceeds ninety feet (90’) or the overall length of a single unit exceeds fifty feet (50’), an oversize load sign is required on the rear of the load. The sign’s background shall be yellow with black lettering. The legend for these signs shall read “OVERSIZE LOAD.” (B) The following Missouri and Mississippi River bridges may be used for the movement of loads in excess of ten feet six inches (10’6”) in width. If the load exceeds one-half (1/2) the width of the roadway on the two (2)lane bridges, a flagger shall be used to stop all oncoming traffic at the far end of the structure before the vehicle and load can proceed across. No movement will be allowed where flagging is necessary between the hours of 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


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(D) Overlength permits shall be limited to a nonreducible vehicle and load with an overall length for a single unit not exceeding sixty feet (60’) and for combination units not exceeding one hundred fifty feet (150’). Steering mechanisms may be required on rear axles of combination units. Applicant or representative required to physically run the permitted route if the load measures greater than 120’ long.

(E) Overheight permits for all movements will be limited to a nonreducible combination of vehicle and load height not exceeding the vertical clearance of the structures on the most feasible direct route between origin and destination. Arrangements for the raising or removal of overhead lines will be the responsibility of the permittee. It is also the responsibility of the permittee to check all structures and overhead wires for clearances before movement.

(F) The movement of noncommercial buildings exceeding routine special permit dimension limitations will be determined on an individual basis dependent on building size, roadway and structure width and clearances, traffic volumes and other applicable factors. Permits for movement of such buildings shall be issued by the district offices (see section (16).

(G) Movement of farm products (hay) up to, but not exceeding, fourteen feet (14’) in width will be allowed by permit. These movements must comply with all existing Missouri oversize and overweight permit regulations except reference to reducible loads in subsection (1)(B) shall not apply. The hauling unit must be properly insured and licensed.

MO-12 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual (H) Night movement for hauling hay up to fourteen feet (14’) in width will be allowed by single trip permit.

This movement will require a front and a rear escort on all two (2)-lane and multi-lane undivided highways.

A rear escort is required on interstate and other dual lane divided highways. Oversize load signs are required and shall be lighted or reflectorized. Clearance lights in lieu of flags shall be mounted at extreme ends or load projections when moving after daylight hours and/or when visibility is less than five hundred feet (500’). Continuous, uninterrupted two-way communication is required between the power unit and all escort vehicles. Movement is restricted for urban and tourist areas as outlined in subsections (9)(D) and (9)(E).

Movement is restricted for holiday periods as outlined in subsection (1)(I).

Regulations for Routine Overweight Permits The following regulations apply to permit moves to transport nonreducible and nondivisible loads. See

section (15) for super heavy and large load movement:

(A) Overweight permits may specify maximum and minimum speeds and method of vehicle operation to reduce hazards or control impact factors and load distribution on pavements and bridges. Overweight loads not oversize and not exceeding the gross weight limit as listed in subsection (11)(D) will be granted day and night movement except travel during holiday and holiday weekend periods as listed in subsection (1)(I) and except for movement in tourist areas listed in subsection (9)(D). All movements authorized under overweight permits will be over specified routes on the state highway system only;

(B) Axles included in booster axle, tandem axle, triple axle or quadrum axle groups on all hauling units shall be equipped with dual wheels or equivalent tread width. When configuring trailers for hauling units with seven (7) or more axles, conventional axles or booster axles may be used for the addition of the single axle, tandem axle, or triple axle groups that may be placed at the end of the trailer.


1. The term “axle” shall mean a common axis of rotation of one or more wheels whether power-driven or freely rotating, and regardless of the number of wheels carried thereon;

2. The term “axle group” shall mean an assembly of two (2) or more consecutive axles considered together in determining their combined load effect on pavement or structures. Axle groups must have a common equalization system which will equalize the load between or among axles in both static and dynamic conditions. Any combination of mechanically equalized axles with either air suspension or any other suspension system used to form axle groups is not allowed;

3. The term “spread axles” shall mean two (2) axles which are more than ninety-six inches (96”) apart and are considered single axles;

4. The term “tandem axle” shall mean a group of two (2) or more axles arranged one behind another, where the distance between the extreme centers is more than forty inches (40”) and not more than ninety-six inches (96”) apart;

5. The term “triple axle or tridem” shall mean a group of three (3) axles which are fully equalized automatically or mechanically and the distance between the centers of the extreme is more than ninety-six inches (96”) and not more than one hundred forty-four inches (144”);

6. The term “quadrum axle” shall mean a group of four (4) axles which are fully equalized automatically or mechanically, the distance between each of the four (4) axles is evenly spaced and the distance between the centers of the extreme is not more than one hundred ninety-two inches (192”);

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