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West Virginia Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in West Virginia?

Dimensions: Width: 8' 6" (8' Local roads) Height: 13' 6" Semi-trailer: 53' Overall: 70' (Unlimited on Interstates) Overhang: Front 3', and rear: 6'

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in West Virginia?

Weights: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000 lb. (65,000 lb. local service routes)

West Virginia Oversize / Overweight Permits

West Virginia Permit Department Contact Information


Fax: 304-558-0591

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

West Virginia Pilot Cars / Escorts

 Width                              Escorts                    Position                                                  Days of Travel

10 ft. 6 in. to 12 ft             One Escort             2 lane road – Front                                 7 days
                                                                             4 lane road – Rear

12 ft. 1 in. – to 14 ft.         Two Escorts           2 Lane Road - Front and Rear              7 days     

                                              One Escort             4 Lane Road  - Rear                               7 days

14 ft. 1 in. and 15 ft.          Two Escorts          2/4 Lane Road                                        7 days

15 ft. 1 in. and 16 ft.          Two Escorts          2/4 Lane Road                                         Mon – Fri

16 ft and Above                  As Req’d by permit  2/4 Lane Road                                      Mon – Fri


15 ft.1” – UP                Front Escort with 2/4 Lane Road                                                  Mon – Fri
 Height Pole                           


75 ft.1” – 90 ft.            One Escort      Light on Rear Required                                          Mon – Fri

90 ft.1” – 120 ft.          Two Escorts     Rear Escort Required                                           Mon – Fri

                                                 City Limit Travel Restrictions 

120 ft. – up                  -           Front and Rear Escorts Require                                         Mon – Fri



Front – Exceeds 10 ft.         One  Front Escort                                                                     Mon – Fri

Rear – Exceeds 10 ft.         One  Rear Escort                                                                       Mon – Fri


West Virginia Axle Regulations

Maximum Weights Allowed

Interstate Highways

Gross Vehicle Weight -                              80,000 lbs.
Steer Axle -                                                  20,000 lbs.
Single Axle -                                                20,000 lbs.
Tandem Axle -                                            34,000 lbs.
Federal Bridge Formula applies to all other combinations

US and West Virginia Routes

Gross Vehicle Weight -                               80,000 lbs.

Axle Limit -                                                   20,000 lbs.
Single Unit Tandem (3 axles total)           60,000 lbs.
Single Unit Tridem (4 axles total)             70,000 lbs.
Single Unit Quadrum (5 axles total)         73,000 lbs.
Tractor-Semi Trailer (5 axles total)           80,000 lbs.
Tractor-Semi Trailer (6 axles total)           80,000 lbs.
Combination Tandem
w/2 axles Trailer (5 axles total)                 80,000 lbs.
Combination Tridem
w/2 axles Trailer (6 axles total)                 80,000 lbs.

Local Service Routes

Gross Vehicle Weight                                  65,000 lbs.

Steer Axle                                                      20,000 lbs.
Single Axle                                                    20,000 lbs.
Tandem Axle                                                 34,000 lbs.

Maximum Permit Weight Allowed

Blanket (Annual) Permits

Overweight and Oversize Blanket permits are limited to vehicles meeting the following size and weight limilts.

Interstate & Other US and All Other Axle Limits

Divided Routes Selected Routes Routes All Routes

  • 14' 6" high 14' 0" high 13' 6" high 28,000 pounds single
  • 14' 0" wide 12' 0" wide 12' 0" wide 45,000 pounds tandem
  • 95' 0" long 75' 0" long 75' 0" long 50,000 pounds tridem
  •  ​15' 0" overhang 10' 0" overhang 10' 0" overhang 20,000 pounds single
  • 110,000 pounds 90,000 pounds Legal Weight 34,000 pounds tandem

Overweight and Oversize Blanket Permits cost $500 each.

Blanket Permit - Seagoing

This permit is for overweight seagoing containerized cargo. Travel is allowed on most major highways, but some restrictions apply.
The weight limits for this type of permit are as follows:
Gross Weight: 90,000 lbs.
Single Axle: 28,000 lbs.
Tandem Axle: 45,000 lbs.
Tridem Axle: 50,000 lbs.

Seagoing Blanket permits cost $150 for 1-15 permits, and $15 for each additional permit.


West Virginia Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

Trip Permit - Not Required

Fuel Permit - Valid for 10 days, $24.00

West Virginia Overweight / Oversize Fines

Penalties for violating weight laws in WV is a fine that a violator must pay based on the exceeding weight and impounding the vehicle. The offender is liable for any reasonable storage costs incurred in storing impounded vehicles: Provided, That if the owner of the vehicle is a resident of or has a principal place of business located in this state and the vehicle has been duly licensed in the state, then the vehicle may not be impounded by the arresting officer who shall deliver to the operator a written notice of the violation; the place, date and time of violation; the license number of the vehicle; the title number and name and address of the owner; the driver's name, address and the number of his or her commercial driver's license; and the court, place, date and time for hearing, which shall be within ten days of the violation.

WEIGHT                FINE

1 – 4,000 lb.             $.01 cents per pound overweight

4,001 – 8,000 lb.      $.03 cents per pound overweight

8,001 – 12,000 lb.    $.07 cents per pound overweight

12,001 – 16,000 lb. $.10 cents per pound overweight

16,001 – 20,000 lb. $.15 cents per pound overweight

20,001 – 40,000 lb. $.30 cents per pound overweight

40,000 lb. or more   $.45 cents per pound overweight

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

Overhang over 4 ft. needs flag or flashing amber light - a rotating or strobe amber yellow plastic, acrylic or glass covered flashing light which is visible from at least 500 feet and has a horizontal placement which is visible from all directions 360 degrees.

Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

“Oversize Load” signs (bumper mounted or roof mounted yellow 5 in. ft. x 12 in. signs with black letters 10 in. high, 1-1/2 in. wide brush stroke, which must be visible from front or rear) required front and rear and six flags are required for all oversize loads. 

Flag Requirements

Two flags, red or safety orange, a minimum of 18 in. square in size, should be displayed one on each side of the front bumper of the power unit and one on each top corner of the load. Overhang over 4 ft. needs flag or flashing amber light.

Flags, Lights and Banners

Travel for oversize vehicles 14' 0" or less wide allowed on all routes except the West Virginia Turnpike from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. School bus hours or other curfews may apply.

Oversize vehicles exceeding these dimensions travel from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday on all routes (except West Virginia Turnpike).

Special times/oversize dimensions on WV Turnpike by permit.

Loads in excess of 10' 6" require escorts.

Night travel requires special permit.

Movement is restricted on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. 

West Virginia Tire Regulations

It shall be permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid, and it shall be permissible to use studded tires during the period from November 1 to April 15 of the following year: Provided, That in the interest of highway maintenance, no vehicle moved on a highway, other than school buses, shall be equipped with studded tires that are operational with a recommended air pressure greater than forty pounds per square inch.

West Virginia Annual Permits


Annual permit for oversize and/or overweight. 

May be used for modular homes and most other non-divisible loads excluding mobile homes. 

Size and weight limits are listed below: 

Interstate/other     US and selected    All other               Axle limits
divided routes         routes                     routes                    all routes                                                                         

14’6” high               14’ high                  13’6” high            28,000 lbs. single       For OW Permit

14’ wide                  12’ wide                 12’ wide               45,000 lbs. tandem    For OW Permit

95’ long                  75’ long                  75’ long                50,000 lbs. tri             For OW Permit

15’ overhang          10’ overhang          10’ overhang       20,000 lbs. single       For OS Permit

110 000 lbs.            90 000 lbs.              Legal Weight       34,000 lbs. tandem    For OS Permit


Blanket (Regular) - $200 for each oversize permit or $500 for each oversize and overweight permit

Time, it takes to receive: 1 Business day

West Virginia Road Conditions

We are you, just slow down, work zone safety is in your hands.Safety Tips for Drivers
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Stay alert
- Put down your phone. It’s the law!
- Don’t tailgate. Follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
- Expect the unexpected. Workers, vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning.
- Be patient. It takes only a few extra seconds more to travel at the 10-15 mph reduced speed through work zones. Pay attention to work zone signs, and always obey the directions of the road crew flagger personnel, Allow for plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Be ready for lane shifts and merge when instructed to do so, do not pass on the shoulder, do not change lanes unless directed to do so.
Be sure to check the WV511 Traveler Information System for information on work zones and real-time traffic for information on work zones and real-time traffic alerts.
Visit the DOH Districts page for information on maintenance work being performed in each county.

West Virginia Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

Annual Permits

Blanket (Annual) Permits

Annual permits for mobile homes 14' wide or less. Not vehicle or route specific. Except for width and height, Single Trip limits listed below apply. 

Fee: $200 for each permit.

Valid for: 1 year

Permit information required: Company name, address, phone number, and insurance information. 

Single Trip Permit

Vehicle and route specific.

Maximum Limits:

Combination Length 110' 

Mobile Home Length 80' 

Width 16' 

Height 15' 6" 

Fee: $20.00 per trip. 

Valid for: 10 days. 

No travel is permitted on holidays. 

Permit information required: Company name and address, Driver’s name, insurance information, origin and destination, travel dates, license number, make and year of tow truck, mobile home make, serial number, license number and size. 

Travel Restrictions: 

Mobile homes up to and including 14' wide can move from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday and sunrise until noon on Saturday. Mobile homes greater than 14' wide up to and including 16' can move sunrise to sunset, Monday through Thursday and sunrise until 3:00 pm on Friday. Mobile homes greater than 16' wide are not allowed. 

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