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Arizona State Shipping Regulations

2018 Arizona state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

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As per the state of Arizona please read the following:

“The Arizona Department of Transportation in cooperation with state representatives, industry, the Department of Public Safety  and local law enforcement personnel work in collaboration to update and amend oversize and overweight special permit rules containing special permit requirements, restrictions and allowances for transporting oversize and overweight vehicles and loads on highways under the jurisdiction of the Department. This is a council established in statute and makes up the Over-dimensional Permit Council.

These rules detail the eligibility, application and use requirements for a variety of permits the Department currently issues to commercial motor carriers for transporting vehicles or vehicle and load combinations exceeding the maximum size or weight limitations provided by statute.

Each special permit provided by the Department under these rules is specifically authorized by statute.  The oversize and overweight special permits issued under these rules are that each permittee issued a particular class of permit is subject to the same activities, practices, requirements and restrictions applicable to that permit type. The statutes additionally provide authority for issuance, conditions, restrictions, approvals and fees.”

All laws, regulations, rules and limitations are now set fourth in:  A.A.C. R17-06: Oversize and Overweight Special Permits “Administrative Rules”

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Legal load limits within the state of Arizona.
Legal load limits:

Length: Anything over 65’ qualifies as a over length load on non-designated highways.
Overhang: 3’ front or 6’ rear (make sure your route is approved for overhang this far as there are location variations).
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., 12,000 lbs on steer axle.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ on Interstate; 13’ 6” height on secondary roads.

Routine heavy haul and oversize trucking permits in Arizona.
Routine trucking permit limits:

Length: 120’
Overhang:  3’ front or 6’ rear
Weight:  250,000 maximum (Class C if over or see superloads). Single axle; 28,000 lbs, tandem axles, tridum axles, and quadem axles. Depends upon the axle spacings and tire size. Trunnion: 60,000. Gross Weight: 5 Axles – 104,000; 6 Axles – 108,000; 7 Axles 117,000. The weights depend upon the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are tricky in this state. The Arizona DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but primarily bridges. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out forget it. Pavement structural and stress testing and results will govern your overall capabilities.
Width: 14’
Height: 16

Note maximum speed is set at 55 mph for all oversize/overweight shipments.

Super load information for Arizona.

Arizona Department of Transportation
Maintenance Permits Services 
206 S. 17th Ave.
MD 004R 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8280 or 8176
Fax: 602.712.3380

If a shipment exceeds any of the following it is classified as a superload and will require a class C permit. 120′ in length, 14′ in width, 16′ in height or 250,000 pounds in weight.

Applications for class C permits should ideally be submitted via the ADOT ePRO System.  They do have other options but we strongly suggest you use the method they prefer. While it’s not a 100% guarantee you can usually get a Class C permit in 48 hours (excluding evenings, weekends and state holidays). Once it is approved you will see pending/approved/refused when you log in. The fee is $30 for class C shipments that are no greater than 18 feet in height and/or width and 80,000 pounds. Shipments that are over 80,000 pounds are $90. Shipments that are over 18 feet in height and width, but not over 80,000 pounds, are $40. For shipments that are greater than 18 feet in height and width and/or 80,000 pounds are $100.  Typical class C permits are only valid for 4 working days unless otherwise specified. In order to obtain a class C permit extension beyond the 4 day working allowance you must either have inclement weather issues or equipment breakdown issues.

Class C Permits are valid on state and interstate highways only. Transporters must check with local jurisdictions for authorization to travel on roadways that are not under ADOT jurisdiction. When submitting an application include a note in the comment field on the ADOT ePRO payment screen if requesting 3 a.m. or weekend movement for loads up to 16 feet wide and 16 feet high. The entire route must be designated for night movement, weekend movement or both or it will be denied.

Engineering analysis fees. A base fee of $125 per 50-mile increment is charged on shipments that do not meet Arizona Administrative Code R17-6-411, Tables 3.01 through 3.09. Prior to issuance of a permit, all analysis fees must be paid online or sent by mail. Engineering analysis fees must be received by the Class C Permits Office prior to any engineering analysis is performed. Shipments that are in excess of 250,000 lbs over axle weight, or in excess of the posted bridge weights are analyzed by the ADOT Bridge Preservation Services. “Engineering analysis may take up to two weeks. Certified weights are required. Failure to provide the correct weights may require a second analysis to be performed by the ADOT Bridge Preservation Services and will incur a new analysis fee”.

Once issued, if your Class C Permit requires you to obtain law enforcement escorts, you may use your EZ Pay account to pay for Department of Public Safety (DPS) Escorts. To create an EZ Pay account, contact a Service Arizona Business Coordinator at 602.712.4039, or email to address above. To schedule law enforcement escorts after you have been issued a Arizona class C permit, contact the DPS Escort Scheduler at 602.223.2855.

For mobile home shipments:

The requirements for an “Easy” C  Mobile Home Permit are similar to those for a regular Class C permit except the “Easy” C permit does not require a bridge-engineering analysis and is issued only to vehicles that do not exceed all of the following weight and size dimensions:

  • 16 feet wide
  • 16 feet high
  • 120 feet in overall length (vehicle and load combination length)
  • 80,000 pounds combined gross vehicle weight rating
  • Within statutory axle group weight limits

“Easy” C Mobile Home Permits can be requested and issued through ADOT ePRO. “Easy” Class C Mobile Home Permits are only valid on ADOT roadways. Transporters must check with local jurisdictions for permission to travel on roadways that are not under ADOT jurisdiction.

Once you are issued a “Easy” C permit if you are required to have police escorts use the above payment method to submit your payment. You will be required to pay for police escorts in advance.

Travel time restrictions for heavy haul and oversize trucking in Arizona.
Permitted travel times and restrictions in Arizona:

The one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies.  Travel on weekends and holidays is permitted. Some loads will NOT be able to travel on weekends, please refer to the documentation on your permit to verify.  If overweight only you will probably be allowed continuous travel. Under 10′ of overhang, 10′ in width or 14′ in height will more than likely be granted continuous travel.

When pilot cars are required in Arizona.
A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required in Arizona when:

Length: On 2 Lanes:Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck and 1 rear of truck.
Width
: On 2 lanes over 14’ requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle in front of truck and 1 the rear of truck. On Interstates over 15’ wide you are required to have 1 pilot car in front of truck.
Height: Over 17’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.
On Interstates: Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.

Pilot car certifications in Arizona.
Certifications and requirements of Arizona pilot cars/escort vehicles:

All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle.  Sign must be at least 6′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5″ tall and 1 ″ in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle.   Vehicle must be equipped with a  CB radio or 2-way communication device, 8 ignitable road flares and have a first-aid kit.
For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a manufacturers gross weight rating not to exceed over over 20,000 pounds.

Required heavy haul or oversize shipment truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners & flags in Arizona:

If shipment is over 102″ in width it must be flagged on the 4 outtermost corners of the entire combined shipment. Flags must be red in color and be not less than 12″ in either direction. Proper “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” banner/sign bust be displayed on both the upper most front of overall shipment (front of truck) no less than 5′ from the pavement line. Banner/sign must be no less than 6′ in length and 12′ in height with reasonable and size letting thickness and height. If you are seeking or awarded night movement reflective or illuminated banners/signs are required.

Arizona DOT oversize and heavy haul trucking permits and information:
Arizona DOT permit office information:

Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT)
1225 N 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Business hours are from 8am until 5pm (Mountain time M-F).
Oversize and overweight permit website: Arizona DOT permits.

Phone: 602-771-2960 or for Class C permits: 602-712-8176 or 8280
E-mail: ECDePROSupport@azdot.gov

Arizona cities: Ajo, Ak-Chin Village, Amado, Apache Junction, Arizona City, Arizona Village, Ash Fork, Avondale, Avra Valley, Bagdad, Benson, Big Park, Bisbee, Bitter Springs, Black Canyon City, Blackwater, Bluewater, Bouse, Buckeye, Bullhead City, Burnside, Cameron, Camp Verde, Canyon Day, Carefree, Casa Grande, Casas Adobes, Catalina, Catalina Foothills, Cave Creek, Central Heights-Midland City, Chandler, Chilchinbito, Chinle, Chino Valley, Chuichu, Cibecue, Cibola, Clarkdale, Claypool, Clifton, Colorado City, Congress, Coolidge, Cordes Lakes, Cornville, Corona de Tucson, Cottonwood, Cottonwood-Verde Village, Dennehotso, Desert Hills, Dewey-Humboldt, Dilkon, Dolan Springs, Douglas, Drexel-Alvernon, Drexel Heights, Dudleyville, Duncan, Eagar, East Fork, East Sahuarita, Ehrenberg, Elgin, El Mirage, Eloy, First Mesa, Flagstaff, Florence, Flowing Wells, Fort Defiance, Fortuna Foothills, Fountain Hills, Fredonia, Gadsden, Ganado, Gila Bend, Gilbert, Gisela, Glendale, Globe, Gold Camp, Golden Valley, Goodyear, Grand Canyon Village, Greasewood, Green Valley, Guadalupe, Hayden, Heber-Overgaard, Holbrook, Hotevilla-Bacavi, Houck, Huachuca City, Jeddito, Jerome, Kachina Village, Kaibab, Kaibito, Kayenta, Keams Canyon, Kearny, Kingman, Kykotsmovi Village, Lake Havasu City, Lake Montezuma, Lechee, Leupp, Litchfield Park, Littletown, Lukachukai, McNary, Mammoth, Many Farms, Marana, Maricopa, Mayer, Mesa, Mesquite Creek, Miami, Moenkopi, Mohave Valley, Mojave Ranch Estates, Morenci, Mountainaire, Munds Park, Naco, Nazlini, New Kingman-Butler, New River, Nogales, Oljato-Monument Valley, Oracle, Oro Valley, Page, Paradise Valley, Parker, Parker Strip, Parks, Patagonia, Paulden, Payson, Peach Springs, Peeples Valley, Peoria, Peridot, Phoenix, Picture Rocks, Pima, Pine, Pinetop-Lakeside, Pinon, Pirtleville, Pisinemo, Poston, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Quartzsite, Queen Creek, Queen Valley, Red Mesa, Rio Rico Northeast, Rio Rico Northwest, Rio Rico Southeast, Rio Rico Southwest, Rio Verde, Rock Point, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Sacaton, Safford, Sahuarita, St. David, St. Johns, St. Michaels, Salome, San Carlos, San Luis, San Manuel, Santan, Santa Rosa, Sawmill, Scottsdale, Second Mesa, Sedona, Seligman, Sells, Shongopovi, Shonto, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista Southeast, Snowflake, Somerton, Sonoita, South Tucson, Springerville, Spring Valley, Stanfield, Steamboat, Strawberry, Summit, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Sun Valley, Supai, Superior, Surprise, Swift Trail Junction, Tacna, Tanque Verde, Taylor, Teec Nos Pos, Tempe, Thatcher, Three Points, Tolleson, Tombstone, Tonalea, Tonto Basin, Top-of-the-World, Tortolita, Tsaile, Tubac, Tuba City, Tucson, Tucson Estates, Tumacacori-Carmen, Tusayan, Vail, Valencia West, Wellton, Wenden, Whetstone, Whiteriver, Wickenburg, Wilhoit, Willcox, Williams, Williamson, Willow Valley, Window Rock, Winkelman, Winslow, Winslow West, Yarnell, Young, Youngtown, Yuma.

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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Arizona State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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8 Comments
  1. I have a flatbed truck with a rear hitch towing a 32′ fifth wheel trailer on I 10 from Nogales to Tucson. the load is in reducible and not over height or width it overhangs the back of the trailer by 7′ I have oversize banners front and rear and am under 54′ overall length.
    do I need a permit to travel during the day?

    • We’re so sorry about the delay Deb and certain you have found your answer. Your post got lost in spam posts. We deleted them all and once the dust cleared there you were. Sorry about that. The answer should be on this page. What is the amount of legal overhang in the state of AZ? 3′ in the front and 6′ in the rear so if you are 7′ then yep, you need a permit.

  2. Why is it oversize at 11 foot have to travel at 55 mph. Seems to me that makes us more if a danger than if we run with the main flow of traffic. To me that is impeding traffic

    • Mendy the states set these laws based on years of research. They may not be perfect but that’s what we have to work with. 11′ wide however is considerably wide in relation to the road. Some shipments may be more stable than others. For instance a boat trailer vs a semi trailer. If a wheel bearing goes out on a cheap boat trailer which happens a lot it would be better for all if it happened at a lower speed. Just my two cents but hey, don’t shoot the messenger 🙂

  3. Shelly, thank you so much for correcting us on the main phone number for the Arizona permits division of the DOT office. We have updated the changes!

    Visitors please take note! We can all help each other…

  4. The numbers above are no longer in service. The new number is 602-712-8851.

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