DIY – Do it yourself cheap oversize trucking permits?
Filing for oversize and over-weight trucking permits is becoming much easier. Find out why.
In this day and age every trucking company has to do the best they can to save money. If you are moving a wideload across 10 states then you are paying anywhere from $300 to $600 just in processing fees to the company that is filling out your company information on a state form and submitting it for you. Sure that’s a nice service to have but can everyone afford it? If your haul pays $6,000 to your truck that’s 10%. If you got the load from a freight broker that’s another 10%. If you use a factoring company for your operating costs that’s another 10%. Then is you are advancing fuel or have any other operating costs with a 35-40% cut coming off of the top where is your profit? One way to minimize the damage is to start filing for your own trucking permits. This might be a problem in states like TN and a few others but that’s only what 5 states at the most out of 48. Seems like there’s plenty of money to be saved here.
We’re starting a list on this page that offer driver/dispatcher friendly self issue (DIY or “do it yourself”) oversize trucking permit instructions. Most of these states have a limit on sizes and weights but for the typical “oversize” or “over-weight” loads you still stand to save a lot of money.
We’ve been in this industry for over 20 years and there’s not too many people left who know trucking permits like we do. Every single state we have EVER talked to has had a friendly state employee on the other end of the phone that is more than happy to explain to you what to do in the event you don’t know what information to fill in a certain filed. All you have to do is call and ask and you’ll know forever, it’s as easy as that. And as far as routing goes most states will help you with it and some like California even have a system you can use – STARS. If they don’t all you do is propose a route and yes it is possible that they can either deny it and supply you with one or you may have to come up with an alternative and re-submit the route but that doesn’t cost anything but a little extra time. You can also ask your pilot car company friends what they have in mind. Many of them may know of or have to software – which we just happen to be in the process of building one online program that people can use for free. Read more on that here.
The main thing you have to do is make sure all of the information is correct. But who knows your business information better than you? Nobody!
One quick note: If you are not going to be in excess of 10,000 lbs GVW you will not need a DOT number. If you are over this weight you can learn how to get one fairly easy here.
Alabama – AL-ePASS is as easy as 1,2,3 as it’s an online automated system.
Arizona – do it yourself – fill out your permit right on your screen and fax it in.
Arkansas – call to get set up your account (501-569-2546), then click here to login – easy!
California – either join STARS and use their free routing program or if you are in a hurry print out the oversize trucking permit and send it in.
Colorado – read the rules and regulations then just print the form and fill it out – easy!
Connecticut – Connecticut state still uses the old fax back permit system but its an easy one.
Delaware – easy online account registration and information about their easy program. DE permits are EASY!
Florida – one of the easiest states we know of. The Florida DOT has an automated system with no account required.
Georgia – another super easy state to file for trucking permits. Use old fax system, new quest system or create an account and use the sophisticated truckin routing system called ARPS (Automated Routing & Permitting).
Hawaii – it’s easier than you think. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have trucking permits in no time!
Idaho – online permits for annual, you make your own permit for single trips – again easy trucking permits.
Illinois – ordering oversize and over-weight permits from Illinois ITAP system is super EASY!
Indiana – you can get an oversize permit or over-weight permit with little effort from Indiana.
Iowa – ordering trucking permits from Iowa is easy! Fax and online systems. Save big and it’s easy too!
Kansas – easy, cheap and best of all your trucking company deals direct with the Kansas DOT.
Kentucky – another state that is as easy as pie to get trucking permits from. You are going to love this!
Louisiana – not the easiest state to obtain trucking permits in but far from the hardest. You’ll get it quick.
Maine – Nice easy state to order permits from online. Just do it and get it rolling.
Maryland – another very easy state to get self issue oversize trucking permits. Create a account or print and go.
Massachusetts – easy state to get set up with. They are part of the New England Consortium Permits (NETC).
Michigan – we’re waiting for more information about Michigan DIY trucking permits.
June 25, 2016 – progress in motion:
New Hampshire – easy to use system either online of fax and file. Self issue trucking permits.
Washington State – Online self-issue permits or eSNOOPI