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Has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross combination weight rating (GCWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) or gross combination weight of 10,001 pounds or more;
Is designed to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation;
Is designed to transport 16 or more people including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation;
Is transporting hazardous materials in quantities requiring the vehicle to be placarded. (This applies to both intrastate and interstate operations, and there is no weight threshold for placarded vehicles.) Bonds Prior to obtaining an oversize/overweight permit, an applicant permitted under the provisions of Transportation Code, Chapter 623, Subchapter D, must be registered as a commercial motor carrier or, if not required to obtain a motor carrier registration, file a $10,000 surety bond issued to the Texas Department of Transportation with the TxDMV.
To comply with new TxDMV requirements, surety bonds and insurance certificates are to be mailed and filed with TxDMV but remain payable to TxDOT and other entities as prescribed in Texas Traffic Code.
Customers mailing a surety bond and/or insurance certificate with a permit application should mail them to the respective P.O. Box referenced on the permit application.
Customers mailing a surety bond or insurance certificate only (no application), should mail it to:
TxDMV Attn: MCD-BC 4000 Jackson Avenue Austin, TX 78731
or by overnight mail (FedEx, UPS, or Lone Star) to:
TxDMV Attn: MCD-BC 4203 Bull Creek Road Austin, TX 78731 Annual Timber Permits - Prior to permit issuance, an original copy of a Timber Permit Bond in the amount of $15,000 or a irrevocable Letter of Credit must be on file with TxDMV.
All bonds are to be made payable to TxDOT and other entities as prescribed in Texas Traffic Code.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Motor Carrier Division (MCD) Help Desk (800)299-1700, options 1-5-1 E-mail: SizeWeight@txdmv.gov Visit the TxDMV website at www.txdmv.gov
TxDOT will no longer accept insurance certificates, surety bonds or permit fees through the mail.
Permit Information Required:
Company information; payment method; operating authority; load description; year, make, VIN, and license number of tractor; overall dimensions; axle spacings; axle weights; tire tread width; gross weight; origin and destination; routes to be traveled; effective dates
PERMIT TYPESSingle-Trip Single-trip permits are valid for the time specified on the permit, up to five days. Travel is permitted beginning one-half hour before sunrise and ending one-half hour after sunset.
The permit is valid for one movement from a specific point of origin to a specific destination listed on the permit.
TX-5 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual TxDMV issues multi-state, single-trip permits under the Western Regional Permitting Agreement (WASHTO).
The State of Texas participates in the "Western Regional Agreement for the Issuance of Permits for Oversize and Overweight Vehicles Involved in Interstate Travel." Under this agreement, each member state may issue regional permits allowing operations on designated routes in multiple member states. The following states are currently members of the Western Regional Agreement: Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Nevada.
Multi-state permits are issued for nondivisible loads and may not exceed 14’ wide, 14’ high, 110’ overall length and 160,000 lbs. gross weight. Visit the TxDMV website for more information.
Time-Based Permits – These permits are valid for an unlimited number of moves on state-maintained roadways within the time period specified on the permit. Carriers operating under Time Permits are responsible for routing and obtaining current restrictions and information concerning hazardous weatherrelated road conditions from TxDMV’s website at www.txdmv.gov or by using the Time Period Route feature in the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS).
Time-based permits include:
30/60/90-Day Length or Width Permits (Up to 13’ wide or 110’ long) Company Specific Envelope (Up to 12’ wide, 14’ high, 110’ long and 120,000 lbs. GVW) Crane & Well Service Unit Mileage Fracing Trailer Hay Quarterly Hubometer Implements of Husbandry Mobile Crane (Unladen Lift Equipment) Oil Well Servicing Unit Over Axle/Over Gross Weight Tolerance Ready-Mixed Concrete Rig-up Truck Timber Utility Pole Vehicle Specific Envelope Water Well Drilling Machinery and Equipment FEES Single Trip Permit — Permit Fee $60 In addition to the permit fee, a highway maintenance fee is required for loads exceeding 80,000 pounds.
Highway maintenance fees are listed in the table below:
Vehicles in excess of 200,000 pounds are assessed a vehicle supervision fee to include bridge analysis and monitoring fees.
Manufactured Housing Single-Trip Permit Permit Fee $40 Portable Building Permit Permit Fee $15 Multi-State (WASHTO) Permit – Permit fee varies according to states traveled. Fees are calculated and collected by the issuing jurisdiction based on the fee schedules of each jurisdiction (state) in route.
However, fees are the same as if ordered directly from each state.
Over Axle /Over Gross Weight Tolerance Annual Permit – Allows divisible commodities Non-Ag These permits allow up to 10% over legal weight on each axle, provided the gross vehicular weight does not exceed legal gross weight by more than 5%. An “Over Axle and Over Gross Weight Tolerance Permit Bond” or an “Irrevocable Letter of Credit” must be on file prior to the issuance of this permit.
Ag – Agricultural products in their natural state These permits allow up to 12% over legal weight on each axle, provided the gross vehicular weight does not exceed legal gross weight by more than 5%. No bond or letter of credit is required for permit issuance.
Base Permit Fee $90 Administrative Fee $5 A fee based on the number of counties chosen for travel is added to the base & administrative fee.
Permit Issuance Permits may be ordered online through the TxDMV website at www.txdmv.gov or by phone at 1-800-299-1700.
The permit types listed below may be self-issued online:
Single-Trip permits - Select single-trip permits may be self-issued through TxPROS provided the user accepts the route generated and the vehicle size/weight does not exceed 16’ wide, 16’6” high, 110’ long, and 180,000 lbs.
30/60/90 – Day Width and Length Utility Pole (Annual) Cylindrical Bales of Hay (Annual) Annual Envelope (Vehicle Specific) Mobile Crane (Annual) Oil Well Servicing Unit (Annual)Ready-Mixed Concrete Truck Permits – Annual permit fee is $1,000.Annual Timber Permits – Annual permit fee is $1,500.
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ESCORTS AND SIGNSLabeling — Warning flags must be either red or orange fluorescent material, at least 12 inches square, securely mounted on a staff or securely fastened by at least one corner to the widest extremities of an overwidth permitted vehicle, and at the rear of an overlength permitted vehicle or a permitted vehicle with a rear overhang in excess of four feet. An escort vehicle must display a sign, on either the roof of the vehicle, or the front and/or rear of the vehicle, with the words "OVERSIZE LOAD” or "WIDE LOAD."
The sign must be visible from the front and rear of the vehicle while escorting the permitted load. The sign
must meet the following specifications:
(i) at least five feet, but not more than seven feet in length, and at least 12 inches, but not more than 18 inches in height;
(ii) the sign must have a yellow background with black lettering;
(iii) letters must be at least eight inches, but not more than 10 inches high with a brush stroke at least 1.41 inches wide;
and (iv) the sign must be visible from the front or rear of the vehicle while escorting the permitted vehicle and the signs must not be used at any other time.
Communication -An escort vehicle must maintain two-way communications with the permitted vehicle and other escort vehicles involved with the movement of the permitted vehicle.
Escort Vehicles and Personnel — An escort vehicle must be equipped with two flashing amber lights or one rotating amber beacon of not less than eight inches in diameter, affixed to the roof of the escort vehicle, which must be visible to the front, sides, and rear of the escort vehicle while actively engaged in escort duties for the permitted vehicle. An “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDE LOAD” sign must be visible from the front and rear of the vehicle while escorting the permitted load. Red or orange 12 inch square flags must be securely mounted on a staff or securely fastened by at least one corner to the widest extremities of an overwidth permitted vehicle, and at the rear of an over-length permitted vehicle or a permitted vehicle with a rear overhang in excess of four feet.
An escort must follow a vehicle over 110', but not exceeding 125’, in length or exceeding 20’ front or rear overhang.
One escort is required for all loads exceeding 14', but not more than 16' wide. Two escorts are required for all loads exceeding 16' wide. The escort must precede the load on a two-lane highway to warn oncoming traffic of the approaching overwidth load. The escort must follow the load on a roadway of four or more lanes to warn approaching traffic of the overwidth load ahead.
Loads exceeding 20' in width must physically inspect a proposed route and certify to the Motor Carrier Division by letter or facsimile that the overwidth load can safely negotiate the route.
There are special requirements for manufactured housing.
One escort is required for loads exceeding 17', but not more than 18’ high. The escort must be equipped with a height pole to accurately measure overhead obstructions.
Front and rear escorts are required for loads exceeding 18' in height.
Loads 19' or higher must physically inspect a proposed route and certify to the Motor Carrier Division by letter or facsimile that the overheight load can safely negotiate all power, communication, and cable television lines, and all other low vertical obstructions.
If a load exceeds escort requirements in two dimensions, front and rear escorts are required. For example, if a load is 16’ wide and 112’ long, one escort is required for the width and one escort is required for the length. This rule does not apply if the two dimensions are length and overhang.
Overlength loads may convoy and share escorts under the following conditions:
110’ to 150’long – Convoy up to four loads with one front and one rear escort 150’1” to 180’ long – Convoy two loads with one front and one rear escort
Travel at least 1,000 feet, but not more than 2,000 feet, from any other load in the convoy.
Have a rotating amber beacon or an amber pulsating light not less than eight inches in diameter mounted at the top, rear of the load.
Vehicle Requirement — An escort vehicle must be a single unit with a gross vehicular weight (GVW) of not less than 1,000 pounds and not more than 10,000 pounds.
Lighting on Manufactured Housing - Manufactured housing over 12' wide shall have one rotating amber beacon of not less than 8" mounted on the roof at the rear of the manufactured home. Instead of a roof beacon, two 5" flashing amber lights may be mounted approximately 6' from ground level at the rear corners of the manufactured home. The beacon/lights must be operational and lighted during any permitted move over the highway system.
Special Escort Requirements –Manufactured housing and portable buildings have special escort requirements when moved under the provisions of permit types specific to these load types.
The number of required escorts and escort placement are as follows:
If the load exceeds 16’ wide, but does not exceed 18’ wide, one escort is required. If traveling on a two-lane highway, the escort must be in the front of the load. If traveling on a highway with four or more lanes, the escort must be in the rear.
If the load exceeds 18’wide, two escorts are required: one in the front and one in the rear.
Two manufactured homes or two sections of a multi-section manufactured home may be moved in a convoy and share the required escorts if the distance between the two units does not exceed 1,000 feet.
Lights A manufactured home over 12’ wide must have one rotating amber beacon not less than 8” in diameter mounted on the roof at the rear of the manufactured house. Instead of a roof beacon, two 5” flashing amber lights may be mounted approximately 6’from ground level at the rear corners of the manufactured home.
The towing vehicle is required to have one rotating amber beacon not less than 8”in diameter mounted on the top of the cab. This beacon must be operational and lighted during any permitted move over the highway system.
Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITYPermit Restrictions - Purchasers of non-routed, time-based permits are responsible for routing and obtaining current restrictions and information concerning hazardous weather-related road conditions. This information is available on TxDMV’s website at www.txdmv.gov.
Notification of Utility Companies - It is the responsibility of the permit holder to contact utility companies, telephone companies, television cable companies, or other entities when it is necessary to raise or lower an overhead wire, traffic signal, street light, cable, sign, or other overhead obstruction. The permit holder is responsible for providing the advance notice and coordination required by each entity.
It is expressly understood that The Texas Department of Transportation shall not be responsible in any way for any damage of whatever nature that may result from the movement of an oversize/overweight vehicle and load over Texas highways, and that all such responsibility is hereby accepted on behalf of the applicant and/or permit holder.
Operators may be cited for all violations, including over-axle and over-gross weight violations. Drivers may not shift a load to avoid an over-axle citation.
For additional information, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/.
ADMINSTRATIVE SANCTIONSThe Texas Department of Motor Vehicles may impose administrative sanctions against a motor carrier, which may include the revocation of registrations and permits and/or assessment of administrative penalties for violation of provisions of Texas Transportation Code, Chapters 621, 622, 623, 643 or 645, or rules and regulations prescribed under 43 Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 18 or 28.
A penalty for each violation may be in an amount not to exceed $5,000. If it is found that the motor carrier knowingly committed a violation, the penalty for that violation may be in an amount not to exceed $15,000.
If it is found that the motor carrier knowingly committed multiple violations, the aggregate penalty for the multiple violations may be in an amount not to exceed $30,000. “Multiple violations” include all violations arising during a single episode pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct.
RESTRICTED TRAVELThe MCD Permit Section is closed on: