Simplify Your Oversize/Overweight Loads
Dimensions: Width: 8' 6" (8' other roads) Height: 14' Semi Trailer Length: 53' Maximum Length: 75' (combinations) Legal Overhang: Front/Rear: 10'
Weights: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb.
Tridem: 48,000 lb. Max Legal Gross Weight 80,000
North Dakota Permit Department Contact Information
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Central
All movements exceeding 14 feet 6 inches in width, 18 feet in height, and 120 feet in overall length are required to have official escort or approved pilot cars
Note: Pilot car requirement for movements not exceeding 16 feet in width, the overwidth vehicle itself, or vehicle towing or hauling an overwidth load, may be equipped with a lighted rotating or flashing amber light or lights that are visible from front and rear for a minimum 500 feet. On four-lane divided highways there are no pilot car requirements for movements not exceeding 16 feet in width.
Load Exceeding 16 feet in overall width:
One pilot car is required to precede each movement at a distance of 300 to 700 feet and one pilot car is required to follow each movement at a distance of 300 to 700 feet on two-lane highways.
One pilot car is required to follow each movement at a distance of 300 to 700 feet on four-lane divided highways.
Exceeding 18 feet in overall width:
The movement will be subject to Highway Patrol escort if deemed necessary by the regional commander(s).
A Highway Patrol escort would be in addition to private pilot car escorts.
The moving company will contact the regional commander(s) in the region(s) in which the oversize/overweight load movement will travel.
Pilot Car Requirements
The vehicle must be a passenger vehicle or two-axle truck only and must be operated as a single unit only.
The vehicle must have on the highest part a sign that is minimum 12 inches in height and 60 inches in length with the words OVERSIZE LOAD in black letters on a yellow background on it.
In addition, flashing amber lights shall be mounted on both ends of the sign. In place of the two alternating lights, there can be one centrally mounted revolving amber light on the top of the sign.
There shall be radio communication between the pilot car(s) and the vehicle being escorted.
Maximum Gross Weight Allowed
Maximum Vehicle Weight on Interstate Highways
The maximum gross vehicle weight on the interstate highway system: 80,000 lb.
The gross vehicle weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicles is determined by the following weight formula of:
where W equals maximum weight in pounds carried on any group of two or more axles; L equals distance in feet between the extremes of any group of two or more consecutive axles; and N equals number of axles in the group under consideration except that two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of 34,000 lb. each, providing the overall distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is at least 36 feet.
Gross Vehicle Weight on highways other than the Interstate System
The maximum gross vehicle weight on state highways: 105,500 lb. unless otherwise posted.
On all other highways the maximum gross vehicle weight is: 80,000 lb. unless designated for more, not to exceed 105,500 lb.Axle Weights
Steering axle: the weight shall be determined by the manufacturer’s axle rating and shall not exceed 20,000 pounds when travel is on the Interstate system, Defense Highway systems or the ND State Highway system. :No tire shall exceed 550 pounds per inch of tire width.
Single Axle Maximum: 20,000 pounds.
Axles spaced 40 inches or less apart are considered one axle.
Axles spaced 8 feet apart or over are considered as individual axles.
(The gross weight of two individual axles may not exceed 40,000 pounds on highways other than the interstate system.) On the interstate system the gross weight of two individual axles may be restricted by the weight formula. Spacing between axles shall be measured from axle center to axle center. The weight per inch of tire width shall not exceed 550 pounds.
The gross weight on a tandem axle may not exceed 34,000 pounds.
The gross weight of three or more axles in a grouping may not exceed 48,000 pounds on highways other than the interstate system.
On the interstate system the gross weight of three or more axles is restricted by the weight formula. The weight per inch of tire width shall not exceed 550 pounds.
Maximum Permit Weight Allowed
Single Axle 22,000 lb.
Tandem Axle: 40,000 lb.
GVW: 150,000 lb. .
Axle weight limitations for vehicles and vehicle combinations, e.g. truck, truck-tractor and semitrailer transporting a load or tow-away, are subject to the following maximum permitted axle weights:
600 pounds per inch of tire width is allowed on the steering axle when:
Single and tandem axle weights may not exceed 600 pounds per inch width of tire.
A group of three or more axles may not exceed 550 pounds per inch
width of tire.
Fuel Permit can be purchased in lieu of obtaining an International Fuel Tax License (IFTA). Applies only to vehicles of NON-resident carriers.
North Dakota is a member of the IFTA. Nonresidents may purchase a 72-hour fuel permit in lieu of obtaining an IFTA license for their vehicle.
A fuel permit is $15 and valid for 72 hours or when the vehicle leaves the state, whichever occurs first. The fuel permit is valid for one trip only.
The 72-hour fuel permit is required under any one of the following conditions:
Vehicles Exempt from the Fuel Permit:
A temporary trip permit is required in lieu of ND registration. Applies only on vehicles of NON-resident carriers.
North Dakota is a member of the International Registration Plan (IRP).
A 72-hour trip permit must be purchased on out-of-state registered vehicles not registered in the state of ND when traveling on the ND highway system. The 72-hour (3-day) trip permit is $20.
The 72-hour trip permit is required on the vehicle of a nonresident carrier under any one of the following conditions:
Vehicles Exempt from the 72-hour Trip Permit
A person operating a motor vehicle or the owner of the motor vehicle being operated without a permit as specified in this chapter must be assessed a fee of one hundred dollars ($100). Any person violating any other provision of this chapter for which a specific penalty is not provided, must be assessed a fee of twenty dollars ($20). Violating the conditions of any permit type automatically voids the permit.
Over dimensional and/or Overweight Citation: $20 and $100 Overweight fines may be assessed for over axle, gross, exterior bridge and interior bridge length violations, whichever produces the greater fine. Drivers may not shift load to avoid an over-axle citation.
0 – 1,000 lb. $20
1,001 – 2,000 lb. $40
2,001 – 3,000 lb. $60
3,001 – 4,000 lb. $140
4,001 – 5,000 lb. $220
5,001 – 6,000 lb. $305
6,001 – 7,000 lb. $380
7,001 – 8,000 lb. $495
8,001 – 9,000 lb. $575
9,001 – 10,000 lb. $655
10,001 – 11,000 lb. $1,100
11,001 – 12,000 lb. $1,200
12,001 – 13,000 lb. $1,300
13,001 – 14,000 lb. $1,680
14,001 – 15,000 lb. $1,800
15,001 – 16,000 lb. $1,920
16,001 – 17,000 lb. $2,550
17,001 – 18,000 lb. $2,700
18,001 – 19,000 lb. $2,850
19,001 – 20,000 lb. $3,000
20,001 – 21,000 lb. $4,200
21,001 – 22,000 lb. $4,400
22,001 – 23,000 lb. $4,600
23,001 – 24,000 lb. $4,800
24,001 – 25,000 lb. $5,000
25,001 – 26,000 lb. $5,200
26,001 – 27,000 lb. $5,400
27,001 – 28,000 lb. $5,600
28,001 – 29,000 lb. $5,800
29,001 – 30,000 lb. $6,000
Warning Lights: Color and Placement
Permitted vehicles traveling from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise will have:
SAE approved Class 1 lights and reflectors:
Clearance lights visible from the front, rear, and side marking the outermost portion of the vehicle and load which extends beyond 8 feet 6 inches.
One rotating or two flashing amber lights mounted above the cab visible at a distance not less than 500 feet.
Oversized Load Banner Regulations and Requirements
Loads that exceed 75' in length and/or 8' 6" in width must display and "Oversize Load" sign on the front and rear. Size: 5' long, 12" high. Lettering: Black, 8" high, 1" brushstroke Background Yellow
All over-dimensional vehicles and loads shall have minimum 18" square red or bright orange flags displayed on the traffic side front and rear.
Movement times: sunrise to sunset for all vehicles in excess of 10 ft. wide.
Single trip permits for over width movements that exceed 16 ft. shall not be issued authorizing movements on Saturday after 12 noon, all day Sunday, and on holidays of New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
No over width permit exceeding 16 feet will be valid from 12 noon the day before the holiday until sunrise the day after the holiday.
Tire chains may be used when necessary.
Tire chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only but may not damage the highway surface.
Pneumatic tires with metal stubs projecting to 1/16 inch above the tread surface may be used between October 15 and April 15.
Tire size in ND is limited to 44 inches tall for vehicles 7,000 pounds and under. All tires must be safe in operating condition without any bulges or exposed cords. Front tires must measure at least 60% of the tread width of the rear tires.
NDDOT sets load restrictions as weather and roadbed conditions require and removes these restrictions when roadbeds are stable enough to carry legal weight traffic without damage.
Restriction Info (best source): https://www.dot.nd.gov/roadreport/loadlimit/loadlimitinfo.asp.
On the page, under Related links, click on Current Load Restrictions Map.
Using the map (select Load Restrictions Proposed)
determine the color of route of interest and refer to the table for axle weight
North Dakota Load Restriction Chart (2019)
Using the Ton Mile Fee Schedule you can determine the price per mile for the overweight fine. These permits can range from 500$ to well over 10,000$ so pay attention to the weights. If in doubt about how the weights should be distributed, click here (Insert a call to action for our axle spacings calculator)This chart will allow you to calculate your overweight costs per trip. There are 2 possible ways you can be charged. Gross Vehicle Weight and Axle Group Weight. You can be charged per group and also the overall GVW, and these charges must be combined to create an accurate permit charge.
A multi-trip permit may be issued for non-divisible loads up to 150,000 lbs. and is subject to higher fees. State law also authorizes the State Highway Patrol and local authorities to adopt rules to govern the movement of oversize and overweight vehicles.
Seasonal (Annual) - $ 50.00
Time, it takes to receive: 1 business day
Mailing method: online
Commodity specific? Truck specific
Obey the Signs in Construction Work Zones!
Single Trip Permit
A single trip permit is required for the movement of an oversize manufactured home in the state of ND.
The permit is valid for 3 days.
A paper copy of the permit must be in possession prior to movement.
The following information will be required when purchasing a permit on-line:
· Power unit - year, make, serial number, license number-state, ND registered gross vehicle weight, and the rated gross vehicle weight.
· Insurance coverage on the power unit is required in the amount not less than $100,000 bodily injury liability per person, $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident, and $50,000 property damage liability.
· Manufacture home – year, make, serial number, hub number (when applicable).
· When weight is requested, must provide number of axles, number of tires per axle, tire width, measurement from axle center to axle, and axle weights.
· Movement from and to
· Route of travel (highways)
· Start date of travel
· Owner name, street, and city are required when home originates, or destination is in ND.
The on-line system accepts up to 18 feet in overall width, 18 feet in overall height, 200 feet in width and 150,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.