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Escort Vehicles and Personnel – Required escorts is dictated by the permitted route and will be noted on the permit. Flashing amber lights must be mounted atop all escort vehicles. In general, a single escort must accompany vehicles over 12 feet in width. The escort must lead on two-lane roads, and follow on four-lane roads. An escort may be required under certain conditions for vehicles over the legal length. Height of 18’ or more requires one escort with utility clearance device. Escort must accompany permitted vehicle through all CHP scales.
Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.
FINES Overdimension Only: At the discretion of the court, with a maximum of $500.
Operators are fined for axle-weight violations. Fines are calculated beginning from the permit weight.
Drivers are not permitted to shift load to avoid over-axle citation, but may be required to shift the load before leaving the scale facility. Off-route vehicles are vehicles without permits, and may be enforced from legal weights.
Violation of permit carries a maximum $500 fine. If an overweight violation is also involved, the fine will be calculated by adding the permit violation to the overweight fine violation.
Court may add administrative fee.
CA-6 05/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual
Operators of vehicles over 10' in width may not travel Monday through Friday through the following areas at
the times noted:
Detailed curfew maps are available at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/permits/forms.htm On the Bay Bridge, all overheight vehicles must have Highway Patrol escorts. Fees vary, so contact the Highway Patrol directly at (707) 648-5550.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 6, 2009, COMMERCIAL VEHICLES WITH 3 OR MORE AXLES, OR A GROSS VEHICLEWEIGHT OF 9,000 POUNDS OR MORE, ARE PROHIBITED on Rte 2 between I-210 (City of La Canada Flintridge) and County Route N4 (Big Pines Highway). For exceptions, see California Vehicle Code Section 35655.6(b).
Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossings.
No rule on file.
PORTS OF ENTRY
Includes but is not limited the following:
Port Of Entry-San Ysidro - Class A
PERMIT ORDERINGComplete the required Caltrans Transportation Permit application form.
There are several methods for obtaining the application form. Please see below.
Fax, mail, or deliver completed Caltrans Transportation Permit application forms to our office.
Transportation Permits office hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Walk-in counter service is available from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Faxed applications are accepted 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Applications may NOT be sent by e-mail.
The Permits office is open on three State holidays: Martin Luther King's Birthday, Cesar Chavez Day, and Veterans Day. Walk-in counter service is NOT available on these State holidays.
The Permits office is closed on: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
The Caltrans Single-Trip Application and Routing System (STARS) is an automated method for customers to obtain single trip oversize/overweight transporation permits. Customers interested in participating in the STARS program should contact a Regional Office to apply for a Caltrans debtor account.
Single Trip Permit Application - 1 - Click on "Application Forms and Accompaniments."
2 - Select the single-trip application and the appropriate accompaniments.
3 - Click on "Interactive Application Instructions" and open the single-trip instructions.
4 - Fill out the application electronically or by hand.
5 - Fax the application to the fax number to the right.
Single-Trip Contact Info: Phone: (916) 322-1297, Fax: (916) 322-4966 Annual Permit Application - 1 - Click on "Application Forms and Accompaniments."
2 - Select the annual application and the appropriate accompaniments.
3 - Click on "Interactive Application Instructions" and open the annual instructions.
4 - Fill out the application electronically or by hand.
5 - Fax the application to the fax number to the right.
Annual Contact Info: Phone: (916) 322-4958, Fax: (916) 445-0469
SPECIAL NOTESRecent Changes – Effective April 11, 2013, there will no longer be visitor parking available inside the Transportation Permits Branch parking lot at 1823 14th Street in Sacramento, CA 95811.
April 18, 2011, Transportation Permits Policy Memorandum (TTPM 2011-02) “Four or Five Axle Cranes – Tridem Bonus Weight”. This policy allows cranes with four (4) or five (5) axles a maximum of 60,000 pounds on a qualifying tridem axle group, without a boom dolly or trailer.
June 7, 2010, Transportation Permits Policy Memorandum (TPPM 2009-04) “Tridems Bonus Purple – Equal Axles Weight Distribution for Hauled Vehicle”. This policy allows the equal distribution of axle weights for hauled vehicles with a qualified bonus tridem axle group and an adjacent non-bonus tridem axle group.
Maximum of two bonus tridem groups is allowed per vehicle combination, regardless of the number of axles..
Pending Changes – Consolidation of Transportation Permits Offices Beginning Monday, November 21, 2011, please contact the Transportation Permits Office (in Sacramento) for all permit-related questions and activities.
The centralized transportation permit office will be located at:
Transportation Permits Office 1823 14th Street Sacramento, CA 95811-7119 Main number: (916) 322-1297
The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is pleased to publish this Oversize/ Overweight Permit Manual.
Each state analysis includes information in a standardized format: contact, legal limits, special permit limits, general restrictions, types of permits available, fees, escort needs, fines, and restricted travel areas. Telephone numbers, locations, and hours of operation are listed for ports of entry and permit branches. However, readers are always advised to check with the state offices on current laws and procedures. This project could not have been completed without the advice and consultation of many state officials. We thank all of those who provided permit manuals, maps, laws, regulations, and various other forms of documentation.
Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of overdimensional and overweight loads. This Permit Manual is not intended to be an accurate summary of all the applicable laws and regulations. Users of the Permit Manual should confirm the information contained herein before dispatching vehicles and loads. The SC&RA cautions Permit Manual users that state laws and regulations are subject to change without notice, and that some time elapses between the effective date of such changes and the amendment of the Permit Manual to reflect those changes. The SC&RA assumes no responsibility for accident, injury, loss or claim, penalties or any other damage resulting from reliance on the contents of this Permit Manual.
Divisible load permits are available for the movement of overweight divisible loads on non-interstate highways only. Permit allows for overweight divisible loads to operate on non-interstate highways up to 110,000 lbs. for vehicles with a quad-axle configuration and up to 97, 000 lbs. for a power unit and trailer combination (trailer must have two or not more than three axles) and cannot exceed the axle weight limits indicated on CDOT’s Bridge Weight Limit map. Vehicle combination must operate within Colorado’s legal (size) dimensions.
Electronic permits are acceptable.
Insurance — Mobile home movers must submit proof of public liability insurance in amounts not less than $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident. This insurance has to be submitted with the application to move a MH or the permit will not be issued.
Weekend/Night Travel – Travel is permitted on Saturday and Sunday unless complying with special restrictions or other regulations which restrict weekend travel on certain roads. Daylight travel is allowed as well as nighttime; however, night time travel has special requirements.
For night travel, vehicles must have lights. For loads less than 12' in width, amber lights must be placed on top of the cab, along with two lights but not more than three, positioned on the extreme rear of the vehicle or load. For loads 12' to 14' in width, these vehicles must have escorts, located at the front on two-lane roads or at the rear on four-lane roads. These restrictions are in addition to all other permit requirements.
Some areas are prohibited for night time travel. Night travel for loads over 14' in width requires special permits.
Holiday – July 2014 – June 2015 The Permit Office will be closed in observance of the following holiday days, unless noted.
Wednesday, July 4, 2014 Independence Day Monday, September 1, 2014 Labor Day Monday, October 13, 2014 Columbus Day Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Veteran's Day Thursday, November 27, 2014 Thanksgiving Day Thursday, December 25, 2014 Christmas Day Holiday Thursday, January 1, 2015 New Year's Day Holiday Monday, January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 16, 2015 President's Day Monday, May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Submit applications in a timely manner to ensure issuance of the permit prior to the movement of the vehicle or load.
Holiday Restrictions: (This provision does not apply to LVCs) Travel is prohibited from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. When Independence Day falls on a Saturday travel is prohibited on the previous Friday from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. When Independence Day falls on a Sunday travel is prohibited on the following Monday from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. Travel is prohibited on the Friday proceeding Labor Day and Memorial Day between 12:00 noon and 9:00 p.m.
LVCs Holiday Restrictions: An LVC is prohibited from travel on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. When Independence Day falls on Saturday travel is prohibited on the previous Friday. When Independence Day falls on Sunday travel is prohibited on the following Monday. When New Year's Day or Christmas Day falls on Saturday travel is prohibited on the previous Friday. When New Year's Day or Christmas Day falls on Sunday travel is prohibited on the following Monday.
Inclement Weather - OS/OW Loads are Prohibited from Travel when hazardous conditions exist. Hazardous Conditions include SNOW, ICE, MUD, ROCKS, WIND and VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN 1000 FEET. No Oversize Movement is EVER allowed where the Chain Law is in Effect. Overweight only are allowed to chain up and proceed as conditions allow. See Rule 2 CCR 601-4, 405 Hazards.
CO-3 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Permit Information Required — Copies of Vehicle registrations are no longer required with application for annual permits. Tractor information and last eight characters of VIN number; description of load; overall dimensions; gross weight; axle weights; axle spacings; origin and destination; routes to be traveled;
effective dates. Applications should be faxed, ordered online or walked in to the main office. Colorado is a pre-clearance state therefore a permit must be ordered before the vehicle or load enters the state.
Chain Law – All commercial vehicles operating on I-70 between Dotsero (milepost 133) and Morrison (milepost 259) from September 1st to May 31st must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law. The fine for not carrying chains in the specified highway during the specified season is $50 plus a surcharge. The fine for not chaining up when the law is in effect is $500 with a surcharge. The fine for not chaining up and subsequently blocking the highway is $1,000 plus surcharge.
PERMIT TYPESSingle Trip — Up to 200,000 lbs GVW, no height restriction, 17' width or less, no length restriction.
Annual — Good for up to 200,000 lbs GVW, 16' height, 17' width or less, or 110-130' length depending on highway configuration.
Special— For loads/vehicles that exceed the maximum limits of the restriction maps or annual permit.
/Superload - Superloads are a combination vehicle with a weight of 500,000 lbs. or more that occupies two lanes to haul the load, or an unladen combination vehicle with an expandable dual-lane transport trailer that occupies two lanes.
FEES *Effective July 1, 2009 - Single Trip and Special Transport Permits issued will be assessed a surcharge equal to the amount of the permit fee pursuant to the passage of Senate Bill 09-108. A single trip permit costs $15.00*. If the vehicle or load is overweight add $5.00* per axle. For example a six-axle semi-truck/trailer
with a load exceeding 80,000 pounds would cost $45.00. Here is a complete list of the permit fees:
Single Trip Oversize $15.00* (Special) $125.00* required when a load exceeds maximum extra-legal dimensions.
Single Trip Oversize/Overweight $15 plus $5 per axle* 4 axles $35* 5 axles $40* 6 axles $45* 7 axles $50 * and so on Single Trip Non-Interstate Overweight Divisible (Vehicle must have a quad axle grouping) $30 plus $10 per axle Single Trip Non-Interstate Two/Three Axle Overweight Divisible (power unit/trailer combo, trailer must have at least two but not more than three axles) $15* + $10* per axle
ESCORTS AND SIGNSLabeling — Oversize load signs are required on all oversize loads and must have black lettering on a yellow background. Minimum sign size: 5' wide x 10" high with 8" letters (1" brush stroke). Maximum sign size: 7' wide x 18" high with 10" letters (1.41" brush stroke).
Escort Vehicles and Personnel — Escort vehicles must have a flashing amber light mounted atop the vehicle and an oversize load sign mounted on top of the pilot/escort vehicle.
Escort requirements vary according to routes traveled. See Pilot Escort and Oversize Restriction Map.
Certification Pilot car operators are required to be certified. Colorado uses a third party instructor, RSA
Network, Inc, to conduct the pilot escort certification classes. The class schedules can be found at:
www.uspilotcar.com. In addition, Colorado accepts certifications from Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.
To pilot escort in Colorado, you must have the following documents (electronic copies are acceptable – download from www.coloradodot.info/business/permits/truckpermits) – or contact our office to request hard
copies of items 2-6:
1. A valid certification from Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington or the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
2. CDOT Rules & Regulations Booklet (blue book – dated August 1, 2010)
3. Pilot Escort & Oversize Map
4. Height Restriction Map
5. Bridge Weight Limit Map
6. Hazardous and Nuclear Material Route Restrictions Map Proof of insurance in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 combined single limit or commercial liability coverage. The proof must show that the insurance covers Pilot Escort Operations.