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«Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of ...»

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Sundays  New Year's Day  Memorial Day  Independence Day  Labor Day  Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving Day  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day  Saturday prior to any of the holidays listed above that fall on a Monday, except the Saturday before  Christmas Eve when Christmas Eve falls on Monday Saturday after any of the holidays listed above that fall on Friday, except for the Saturday following  Thanksgiving Day and the Saturday following Christmas Day when Christmas Day falls on a Friday Other times deemed necessary by the department's administration, such as in the case of  emergency weather conditions

Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossings:

No rule on file.


Addison Airport-(User Fee Airport)

- Alliance Airport-(User Fee Airport)

- Amarillo

- Austin

- Brownsville/Los Indios

- Corpus Christi

- Dallas/Ft. Worth-(Service Port)

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- El Paso-(Service Port)

- Fabens

- Freeport

- Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas

- Houston Airport-(Service Port)

- Houston Sea Port

- Laredo-(Service Port)

- Lubbock

- Midland-(User Fee Airport)

- McKinney-(User Fee Airport)

- Port Arthur-Beaumont

- Port Lavaca-Point Comfort

- Presidio

- Progreso/Donna

- Rio Grande City/Los Ebanos

- Roma/Falcon Dam

- Sabine

- San Antonio

- Sugarland-(User Fee Airport)

- Valley International Airport-(User Fee Airport)


Order permits online through TxPROS (http://TxPROS.TxDMV.gov), or call (800) 299-1700 for toll-free customer service. Please review the Telephone Menu for Motor Carriers. Permit applications are not accepted via email, but you can contact us by email for information.

See system URL change noted below under “Recent Changes”.


Recent Changes – Effective November1, 2013, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles offered two new oversize/overweight permits to its customers: an Annual Timber Permit and an Annual Ready-Mixed Concrete Truck Permit.

MCD’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Section moved from the Texas Department of Transportation to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles on Jan. 1, 2012, as the result of Legislative action in 2011.

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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.

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General – Electronic permits are acceptable. Loads allowed 24 hours per day travel with the following requirements: (not exceeding) 1. 10’ wide: with marker lights indicating extreme width. Amber lights at front and center of the

2. load and red lights at the rear.

3. 10’ front and rear overhang: Excess of 3’ front overhang and 4’ rear overhang requires lights and flags.

4. 14’ height: no requirements.

5. 105’ length: no requirements.

Loads exceeding 10’ wide, 105’ length, and 14’ height have the following restrictions:

The Motor Carrier Division encourages the movement of oversize loads at night under the following


1. Loads may not exceed 12’ wide on secondary highways, 14’ wide on interstates, and 14’ high on all roadways.

2. Loads exceeding 10’ wide, 105’ overall length, or 10’ front or rear overhang are required to have one certified pilot/escort on interstate highways and two on all secondary highways.

3. Loads exceeding 92’ overall length are required to have proper lighting every 25’, with amber lights to the front andsides of the load marking extreme width, and red to the rear.

Six major holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Curfew: Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the

following counties:

1. All highways south of Perry Interchange, I-15, Exit 357;

2. All highways in Weber, Davis, and Salt Lake Counties;

3. All highways north of Ironton Interchange, SR 75, I-15, Exit 261;

4. SR 68, Milepost 16 in Utah County Exceeding 20’ front or rear overhangs; Flashing amber light and pilot/escort required.

Red flags and Oversize load signs. (Exception: Oversize sign not required on overhang only).

Operators of vehicles (and loads) that exceed legal limits for width, height, length (including front and rear overhang), and weight must obtain a Special Transportation Permit before movement on Utah Highways.

All oversize vehicles and loads must be reduced to the minimum practical dimensions.

The Department of Transportation will issue permits for moving oversize/overweight vehicles and loads, including trucks, combinations of vehicles, multiple trailer combinations, and mobile and modular homes, provided.

The applicant is judged competent and qualified to make the move, and application is made in person, by mail, or by other approved means;

The applicant provides the point of origin, destination, and the desired route, and thoroughly describes and identifies the vehicle and load for the permit requested;

The proposed move is compatible with traffic safety requirements; and UT-3 10/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual The applicant affirms that the vehicle is properly registered and licensed according to Utah law, that drivers and owners of the vehicles have met financial responsibility requirements, and that drivers are properly licensed to operate in Utah.

The Department of Transportation will not issue permits to any company that has not established a safety program that complies with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The granting of a permit does not release the permittee from complying with other existing laws, local ordinances, or resolutions governing the movement. Also, the permit granted applies only to movements over the highways and bridges under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation. The right to use other highways is neither implied nor granted.

Only the Department of Transportation may authenticate changes made on the permit. The permit will be cancelled without refund if violated. Expiration date cannot be extended except for reasons beyond the control of the permittee.

The permit will be carried with the unit to which issued, and is void if defaced, modified, or obliterated.

The original, Transceiver or authorized copy is the only permit acceptable.

The permittee must agree to comply with applicable safety rules and with the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Standards of the State Industrial Commission.

Width — Operators of vehicles and loads exceeding Utah’s legal width of 102 inches must obtain oversize permits. On highways other than freeways or Interstate highways, the maximum width permitted will be based on the merits of each application to assure the protection of the highways and the safety and convenience of the traveling public.

Normally, the DOT will not issue permits for overwidth movements exceeding 17 feet on any

highway, except as follows:

1.The applicant must notify Headquarters Port of Entry of the dimensions of the oversize vehicle and/or load and the proposed route to be used. If the Officer concludes that a state employee or police escort must accompany the move, the applicant must pay for his time and service and obtain a receipt from the Officer. This receipt must then be presented to the DOT before an oversize permit will be issued. Check with the DOT for specific charges and costs.

2.Upon presenting the receipt as noted above or by notice of the District Permits Officer that a state employee is not necessary to accompany the move, the applicant may obtain the permit.

3.The permittee must notify Headquarters Port of Entry Officer at least 48 hours before the move is to take place to insure that the department employee who will accompany the move knows that the move is imminent. The permittee’s failure to serve such notice may cause revocation or denial of the permit.

4.The permittee must still provide his own escort service, whether or not a state employee accompanies the move. See “Escort and Flagperson Requirements.” Permittees must reduce overwidth vehicles and loads to the minimum width practicable. Bulldozer blades exceeding 16 feet must be removed before transport.

Height — Operators of vehicles and loads (including mobile and modular homes) that exceed the maximum height limit of 14 feet must obtain a special permit. UDOT will not grant permits for vehicles and loads that exceed 17 feet 6 inches, until documentary authority to pass under overhead utility lines is obtained from public utilities and municipalities.

Should you have a need for a permit in excess of 17 feet 6 inches, follow the same application procedure as outlined for movements exceeding 17 feet in width (see “Width” immediately above). In all cases, the maximum height permitted will depend on the route traveled.

Length — Operators of vehicles and loads that exceed the legal maximum length limits of Utah must obtain oversize permits.

The Department of Transportation will issue permits according to the type of highway traveled, as follows:

Divided Highways — The Department of Transportation will allow combinations of vehicles with a combined trailer length of up to 95 feet, to operate on designated, divided highways. Other length

restrictions for various combinations are also in force, as follows:

A truck and two trailers, the trailers of approximately equal length, not exceeding an overall combination length of 95 feet. If in excess of 65 feet, cannot transport a non-divisible oversize load.

UT-4 10/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual A tractor and two trailers, consisting of a long and short trailer, not exceeding an overall combined trailer length of 95 feet (Rocky Mountain Doubles).

A tractor and three trailers, the trailers of approximately equal length, not exceeding an overall combined trailer length of 95 feet (triple trailers).

A tractor and two trailers of approximately equal length, not exceeding an overall combined trailer length of 95 feet (Turnpike Doubles).

An auto transporter combination, consisting of a truck and two stinger–steered semitrailers, not exceeding an overall combination length of 105 feet.

While in transit no trailer must be positioned ahead of another trailer that carries an appreciably heavier load. Empty trailers must not precede loaded trailers.

Two–lane Highways — A tractor and double trailer can not exceed 81 feet combined trailer length.

The maximum overall length for a truck-trailer two-unit combination must not exceed 88 feet. A truck and two trailers combination, not to exceed an overall length of 92 feet.

Mobile Homes When the legal dimensions are exceeded, an oversize permit is required. The maximum width shall not exceed an outside wall–to–wall width of 14 feet 6 inches, including external appurtenances. Any mobile home with an eave in excess of 12 inches shall be measured for total width, and if it is in excess of 14 feet, a pilot/escort vehicle(s) shall be required.

No permit is required for hauling mobile homes if the unit only does not exceed 45 feet, or if the combination unit and towing vehicle do not exceed 65 feet. The state has tire, axle, and towing vehicle requirements for mobile home movements. Otherwise, the same conditions and requirements for other kinds of oversize movements also apply to mobile home movements.

Mobile homes with a wall-to-wall width in excess of 14 feet 6 inches will be considered on a case–by– case basis. Contact Headquarters Port of Entry.

Overweight The DOT may issue overweight permits for the movement of combinations of vehicles or loads (divisible or non–divisible) or for special mobile equipment that exceed statutory weight limits. See above for further explanation of overweight permits and movements.

To obtain an overweight permit for a divisible load, you must have registered your vehicle combination for 78,001 - 80,000 pounds. For a non–divisible load, your vehicle or vehicle combination must be properly registered for 78,001 - 80,000 pounds. Overweight permits do not authorize operation of vehicles that exceed other statutory dimensions.

Insurance – The Motor Carrier Division regulates any commercial vehicle over 10,000 lbs. The insurance is tracked by the Port of Entry Division.

A motor carrier traveling in Utah is required to have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance unless they are hauling hazardous materials.

If you have questions concerning the amount of insurance required on the MCS-90 call the Motor Carrier Division, (801)965-4892.

As a condition for obtaining a permit, the applicant or permittee must also assume all responsibility for accidents, damage, or injury to any persons, or damage to public or private property caused by the transportation of the vehicle or combination of vehicles and loads or resulting from the operation of the piece of equipment covered by the permit while on public highways of the state.

The applicant or permittee also agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah Transportation Commission, the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the officers, agents, and employees of these agencies, from any and all claims resulting directly or indirectly from the transportation of vehicles, combinations of vehicles, multiple trailer combinations, manufactured housing, etc., on any public highway of the State of Utah.

Weekend/Night Travel – The movement of vehicles and/or loads exceeding 10 feet in width, 14 feet

in height, or 105 feet in length are further restricted as follows:

1.Travel is prohibited Monday through Friday in the following areas between 6 and 9 a.m., and 3:30 and 6 p.m. (travel may resume after 6 p.m. and continue until one-half hour after sunset): Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber Counties In Utah County, north of the North Springville Interchange (Exit #265) UT-5 10/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual In Box Elder County, south of Brigham City (Exit #357). Travel is also limited to daylight hours on Saturday and Sunday, except where UDOT determines that it is in the best interests of safety and convenience to the public.

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