How to Get Oversized Load Permits For Your Freight

If you are transporting freight that is larger than the standard size, you will need an oversized load permit. This document allows you to travel on public roads with your oversized cargo. 

In this blog post, we will discuss how to get an oversized load permit for your freight, how long it typically takes to get that permit, and how you can ensure you are making the process as simple as possible for your business.

What Is An Oversized Load Permit?

An oversized load permit is a document that allows you to transport cargo that exceeds the legal size and/or weight limits on public roads. The size and weight limits vary by state, so it’s essential to check with your local department of transportation (DOT) for the specific regulations in your area.

Not only are the regulations different, but the way the permit price is determined also differs. For example, in some states, the permit fee is a flat rate, while in others, it’s based on the weight of the load or the distance traveled.

If you’re planning to transport an oversized load, you’ll want to make sure you’re ahead of the game and have all the proper documentation in order. The last thing you want is to be delayed because you’re missing a permit or other important piece of paperwork.

How Long Does It Take To Get An Oversized Load Permit?

The process of getting an oversized load permit can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, depending on the state you’re in. In some states, you can even get a permit the same day you apply for it.

Typically, a smaller trailer may be instantly approved, while larger loads may need to be reviewed by multiple agencies before a permit is issued. The time it takes to get a permit also depends on how complex the route is and whether any special permissions are needed.

The best way to find out how long it will take to get your permit is to contact your local DOT office and ask them about their process. They should be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take to get your permit based on the size and weight of your load, as well as the route you’ll be taking.

Choosing The Right Path

Before applying for your oversized load permit, you’ll need to map out the route you’ll be taking. This is important because the DOT will need to know where you’re going and what roads you’ll be using.

You’ll also need to take into account any low bridges, tight turns, or other obstacles that could pose a problem for your load. Once you’ve mapped out your route, you can start the process of applying for your permit.

When you’re mapping out your route, it’s essential to choose the path that will cause the least amount of disruption to traffic. This means avoiding rush hour traffic and choosing roads that are less likely to be congested. Plus, it’s important to understand which roads will work best with the size and weight of your load.

At Vantage Logistics, we have a team of experts who are well-versed in the permitting process and can help you choose the best route for your load. We understand the ins and outs of the permitting process and can help you avoid any delays or problems that could occur. This not only saves you time from planning a route out but also gives you peace of mind that your load will get where it needs to go without any issues.

Determine The Right Permit

Depending on the size and weight of your load, as well as the path you need to take, you’ll likely need to apply for either a county-level, state-level, or city-level oversize permit.

  • County-Level Oversize Permits: If you’re transporting over a county highway, you’ll want to apply for a county-level oversize permit.
  • State-Level Oversize Permit: If you’re moving a large load that will travel on both county and state highways and exceeds the restrictions for your specific type of equipment, you’ll need a permit for each state you’ll need to travel through.
  • City-Level Oversize Permit: If you’re moving an oversized load through a specific city, you’ll need a city-level oversize permit in addition to any county or state permits that may be required.

Once you know which permit you need, you can start the process of applying for it.

The Application Process

Now that you know what kind of permit you need and have mapped out your route, you’re ready to start the application process. 

Depending on your state, the application process will vary slightly. The DOT has an excellent resource with each state’s individual requirements, which you can find here.

In general, the application process will require you to create an account, and fill out some basic information about your load as well as your route. This is typically a lengthy process if you don’t already have a pre-existing account. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating an account and filling out the necessary paperwork, you can always use a service like ours that will do it for you.

Working With A Logistics Team To Achieve Your Oversized Load Permit Needs

While you can certainly obtain your oversized load permit on your own, working with a logistics team that specializes in this area can save you a lot of time and hassle.

At Vantage Logistics, we have a team of experts who have years of experience dealing with oversized loads as well as the best routes to take depending on your specific circumstances and what you need to transport. Plus, with our extensive contacts and resources, we can ensure you’re avoiding any potential issues or delays by ensuring your applications are submitted correctly to the right agencies. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your oversized load permits!