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Florida State Shipping Regulations

Florida State Shipping Regulations

These are the Florida state shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the transport of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Florida.

Florida state shipping regulations

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Florida trucking companies and pilot cars.
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Florida oversize and heavy haul trucking companies.
Florida pilot car and escort companies.

Florida legal load limits.
Florida DOT legal load size and weight limitations:

Length: 75′ overall.
Width: 8′ 6″ (on designated highways).
Height: 13′ 6″
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 3′ front and 4′ in rear.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking & transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Florida DOT:

Length: 75′
Width: 12′
Height: Up to 15′
Weight: Tandem 44,000 lbs.,  Tridem 69,000 lbs., 5 axles 112,000 lbs., 6 axles 122,000 lbs.
Note: You must have a minimum of a 51” axle spacing for over weight permits.

Travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times withing the state of Florida:

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 before sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday and Sunday if not over 10′ wide, 13′ 6″ in height and 55′ long.  Night time travel is not allowed for shipments in excess of 10′ in width. Continuous travel permitted if heavy only. Over weight travel is allowed for some constructions items as long as they are reduced (ie. blades removed from dozers, etc.). Be sure to clarify with permit office before travel.

Do I need a pilot car with my shipment?
Am I required to have a escort vehicle or pilot car?

Over 12′ wide (up to 14′) needs one pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 14′ wide needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Over 14′ 6″ in height needs one pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 15′ in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Lengths up to 95′ only require one pilot car or escort vehicle.

How to apply for oversize trucking permits.

Secretary of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: 850-414-4100

You can visit the Florida DOT website for more information on oversize and over weight transport restrictions.
You can print up a single trip permit from the Florida DOT site and learn more about filing your own permits in this state by using our DIY trucking permits guide.

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 Florida State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.



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  1. What are the limits for loads projecting beyond the rear of a pickup truck in the dark what distance? (4ft) what marking requirements? (flag ,aux. lighting)

    • In the dark a red light is required and max overhang in the state of Florida is 3′ in the front and 4′ in the rear so this is a legal move however we’d suggest you do it during daylight hours. Pardon the delayed response as we didn’t see the question until just now. Thanks and good question!

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