2021 Nebraska state shipping laws, rules, regulations, limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Nebraska oversize, heavy-haul trucking permits.

Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
Nebraska pilot car companies for hire.
Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul permits.

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Nebraska maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required.

Length: Overall no longer than 85 feet on designated highways.  The trailer length maximum is 53 feet.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
Width:  8 feet and 6 inches.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches
Overhang: No set rules, case-by-case.  We figure 3 feet of front or rear should be safe but by no means is that policy. For clarification be sure to refer to your permit.
Notes: For documentation refer to Nebraska legal limitations for transport.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Texas:

Length: Up to 120 feet long is routine. Anything over will be assessed but limits are relaxed.
Weight: They do not use the federal bridge formula. 20,000 pounds per axle is the maximum. Anything over 110,000 pounds combined overall is going to be a superload. 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 40,000 pounds on tandem axles, 60,000 pounds on tridum axles, 80,000 pounds on quadem axles.  A Dummy axle must carry a minimum of 8,000 pounds or 8% of the gross total weight.
Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit.  They are strict on width and over 14 feet wide is going to be looked at as superload unless it’s a light load. Case-by-case but if you are heavy you may need approval from Lincoln, NE (up to 5 days processing times).
Height: Up to 14 feet and  6 inches is considered routine and some routes may require a high pole. If you are over 16’ feet a high pole is mandatory.

Nebraska superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in NE):

For the purpose of this reading, you can figure superload dimensions are anything that is in excess of the dimensions or weights mentioned above in “routine”. If you are close then it will be up to the state to determine if you must file for your permit as a superload or not. See actual Nebraska state oversize and heavy haul trucking laws.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Travel time is a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset leniency rule.  Weekend travel is permitted but they do have travel time restrictions around Lincoln, NE, and Omaha, NE during both weekdays and weekends.  Travel is prohibited on most all holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.

Lights, safety flags, and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required marking, safety flags, warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads:

All loads being shipped in Nebraska must be marked with oversize load signs shipments are also required to have square red or orange fluorescent flags on all four corners to include the power unit and must be 18 inches. Pilot cars or escort vehicles that are used during the shipment must have flags in the front if leading or the rear if chasing. One revolving amber light must be on the top of the power unit as well as on the top of the pilot car. All signs must be yellow and background with black letters no less than 10 inches in height. For nighttime moves on shipments that are in excess of 12 feet wide a light bar attachment is required to be mounted on the rear of the load at a height that is clearly visible by motorists approaching from the rear.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by an escort vehicle or pilot car if:

Length: 90’ one on the rear. Over 100’ needs a rear and a chase pilot car.
Width: They can impose a required pilot car for anything over 8’ 6”.  In some cases, a lightbar can be used in lieu of a pilot car. Loads over 12 wide on 4 lanes are required one rear escort. A front is required for loads on 2 lane highway over 12’ wide. Front and rear are required for loads over 14’ wide. Front escort with a height pole is required for 14’ 6” and over.
Height: Over 14’ 6” needs a pilot car, may need height pole depending on the route.
Overhang: If over 15’ one rear escort is needed.
Note: Allow 1 to 10 days for permits to be approved. Maximum speeds of 45 MPH if 4 or more lanes, 35 MPH is under 4 lanes. Also, read travel restrictions below.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

All escort vehicles or pilot cars must be equipped with an amber light or light bar and must have a left and right side flashing or Rotary amber or yellow light of sufficient size that will be visible 360° from a distance of no less than 800 feet. Lights must be a minimum of 50 candle power bulbs. Lights must be no less than 6 inches in diameter.

Heavy lift being shipped in Nebraska.

Nebraska DOT contact information and notes.

Nebraska DOT office and permit contact information:

Physical and mailing address:
Nebraska Department of Roads
1400 NE Highway 2, Permit Office, Room 123
Lincoln, NE  68509
Telephone: 402-471-0034
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Central Daylight Time

Nebraska cities serviced.


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 Nebraska State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.



  1. Has Nebraska opened up hay hauling after dark?

    • Try giving them a call at the number above. Feel free to post any updates/info you may learn for other viewers. Thank you!

  2. In Nebraska who is responsible to make sure the truck hauling rock, gravel or sand is tarping their load, the truck driver or the company they are buying from?

    • Ultimately the truck. Usually in the event of personal injury a contract is drawn up if anyone other than the driver uses any equipment that is part of the truck.

  3. Where in nebraska do they offer certification and courses?

  4. All depends on total weight loaded and distribution via axles. Pardon the delayed reply. We got slammed with over 5,000 spams in one night. I hope that helps you and be safe out there!

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