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Minnesota State Shipping Regulations

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



Legal Loads

Length: Trailers no longer than 53’ on designated highways.  All other roads 53’

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 23,000 tandem with spread limited to 20,000, 20,000 tridem, quad 18,000.

Minnesota State Trucking regulations for heavy haul.

Width:  8’ 6”.

Height: 13’ 6”

OVERHANG: 3’ in the front and anything over 4’ in the rear must be red flagged in the day and red light at night.

Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  Anything under 130’ long is routine
Weight:  Single 20,000 lbs., 40,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem 60,000 lbs., Quadem, 65,000 lbs.  5 axles 65,000 lbs., 6 axle 115,000 lbs., 7 axle 135,000 lbs., 8 axles 150,000 lbs.  Over 150,000 lbs is a super load.

Width: Figure up to 14’ – 16’ as a routine permit.  Anything over is going to have route trouble.

Height: Up to 14’ is easy, then 15’ 6” route restriction talk. If over 15’ 6” you get a route survey for sure unless it’s an easy short run.

How to apply for Minnesota heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

Minnesota Department of Transportation
OFCVO – Transportation Permit Section
395 John Ireland Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155

Help line: 651-296-6000 Fax: 651-215-9677
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Central Standard Time

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: 95’ to 110’ one on the rear. Over 110’ needs a rear and a chase pilot car.
Width: Loads over 12’ 6” most of state roads requires one (but not all), 14’ 6” to 16’ front and rear on non divided highway but only one rear on divided highway.  Over 16 wide and they want a lead and a Police/LPA on the rear  wide, one front on 4 lanes or less or rear if over 4 lanes.  Up to 15’ then second escort is required. 18’ or wider needs police escort.
Height: If over 14’ 6” you may be required to have a high pole depending on route..
Note: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days.

Travel Restrictions

Travel time looks pretty good. 2 AM until 10 PM except for holidays.  Some areas have rush hour restrictions 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM so check your permit as it should list it if so.  Of course night running needs lights. We could get no clarification on weekend movement restrictions as far as maximum limits but the state is open for weekend travel so once again refer to your oversize shipping permit for exact limitations.


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 Minnesota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.





1 Comment
  1. Ever since Minnesota had the bridge fall, their permit issuing is slow, even for 6 & 7 axle traffic with minimal dimension.

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