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Nevada State Shipping Regulations

These are the Nevada 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 Nevada.


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Trucking company & pilot car directory as well as trucking permits.
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Nevada pilot cars and truck escorts.
Order Nevada heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.

Legal load limits in Nevada state.
Nevada DOT legal load size & weight limitations:

Length: 70’ – verified with NDOT on 09/24/2013
Width: 8’ 6”
Height: 14’
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: The maximum overhang allowed is 10′ which overall must NOT exceed the maximum length of 70′.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits in Nevada.

Length: There really isn’t any routine maximum length. It all depends on route. After 105′ can get complicated.
Width: 14’ see notes below for width restricted routes.
Height: 16’
Weight: Determined by bridge formula and tire size especially for singles, tandems, tridums and quadem axles. Gross weights are: 5 axles: 92,000 lbs. with 70′ minimum axle spacings, 6 axles: 96,000 lbs with 70′ minimum axle spacings, 7 axles: 101,000 lbs. with 70′ axles spacings, 8 axles: 106,000 lbs with 70′ axles spacings.
Overhang: No more than 15’ combined total but you want to check with them to make absolute sure as routing can effect this limit.
NOTES: For weight restrictions Nevada has different routes marked. Choose the map you need for the entire state, western, eastern and southern restricted areas. You can also view a list. For purple, orange and green areas. Also, restrictions for width and weight are in effect on the following routes: route map, route list.

Superload information.
Nevada DOT superload information:

Currently we don’t have a lot of information on superloads for Nevada state and are hoping our viewers will share additional knowledge below.

Length: A super load in Nevada is any shipment or combinations that are over all over 110′ in length urban areas and over 125′ in rural areas.
Width: If over 17′ in urban areas and 26′ wide in rural areas.
Height:  Any shipment that is over 19′ high.
Weight: Any shipment that is in excess of 250,000 pounds overall so “gross weight”.

NOTE: any special purpose or special needs loads that are outside of the normal permitting parameters would classify as a super-load.

The permitting process for super-loads is different that the normal oversize or over weight trucking permit in Nevada and must be fully drafted by the company or person requesting the permit. Please see this link for instructions for the format your super-load application must be in, clarification and further instructions. Nevada superloads information link.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.
NDOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

Remember to always have your driver to refer to the actual permit in hand for travel times and restrictions. For Nevada hours of daylight are defined as one half hour before sunlight and one half hour after sunset. Anytime traffic is at peak hours in higher population dense areas they do not want wide, long or tall loads traveling so again make sure you refer to your permit for route travel times. Holiday travel restrictions are on the following days: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. If a large event is predicted to create dense traffic they may restrict that date as well, ie: state fairs, etc.

When pilot cars (escorts) are required.
If your shipment is over any of the following NDOT will require you to be escorted or have a pilot car:

Length: If shipment is over 110′ in length you are required to have 1 pilot car behind the shipment.
Width: If your shipment is over 12′ wide on up to a 3 lane road you are required to have 1 escort vehicle in the front of your shipment. If over 14′ wide on up to a 3 lane road you are required to have 1 escort in the front and 1 pilot car in the rear of the load.  If over 14′ wide on a 4 lane road you are required to have 1 rear escort. If over 16′ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort on 4 lane and all other roads.
Height: Loads that are in excess of 15′ 6″ are required to have a front high pole pilot car at all times.
Weight: Pilot cars and escorts are usually not required on shipments over weight that are able to maintain the minimum posted speed requirements. If you are not able to maintain minimum speeds you will be required to have a minimum of a rear escort vehicle if travelling in urban and some rural areas.
Overhang: If in excess of 25′ you will be required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car.

NOTES: Some routes that are altogether restricted may have access if a pilot car or escort vehicle is used.

Pilot car required certifications.
In order to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Nevada you are required to have a minimum of the following:

First of all the state of Nevada required that ALL pilot and escort vehicles be certified. If you are officially certified by another state then this is recognized by the state of Nevada as valid certification and you may operate within the state however, in order to have an amber light mounted to ANY vehicle you must first obtain a permit from the state which costs $2.00 per vehicle, per year. You can do that online by clicking here.
A pilot car or an escort vehicle is required to be equipped with a strobing or flashing amber light that is visible from a distance of no less than 500′ in daylight and from all 360 degree angles, mounted to the roof and above signs. The light must be a minimum of 50 candle power and if it is a rotating light must have a lens of no less than 5″ in diameter with a flash count or not less than 50 per minute. Any vehicle used for this purpose must be no less than 60″ in width, with a wheelbase of a minimum of 95″ with no more than 2 axles and a manufacturer’s gross weight of no more than 16,000 pounds.
Each vehicle must be equipped with a two way radio that is in constant contact with/to all parties involved in the shipment, 5 pound (minimum) fire extinguisher, 3 bi-directional 18″ road triangles, 1 stop/slow sign with 5′ pole handle, 1 hard hat, 1 reflective safety vest, a copy of the ANSI/ISEA manual which can be ordered online here for $30. Drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have a valid drivers license, and must be flagger/flagman “capable or carrying out flagging responsibilities” (we strongly suggest a flagger safety class) of controlling traffic, wearing a approved safety yellow-green safety jacket or vest and equipped with a red flag and a stop/slow paddle of no less than 18″. Each vehicle should be equipped with proper signs that specify “oversize”,  “oversize load” or “wideload” as well as “long load” with black letters a minimum of 10″ in height with a letter thickness of no less than 1 5/8″ on a yellow background which are removed or covered while not in work transit mode. Pilot car and escort vehicles must have a placard on each side of the vehicle with the companies name and phone number clearly visible from a distance of no less than 50′.
Operators of pilot cars and escort vehicles will maintain a reasonable distance from the shipment which all depends on weather, traffic, road conditions and the speed you are travelling with reasonable distance defined by how much time it takes for the shipment driver to recognize your indications to stop, slow or pass as necessary.

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:

All trucking companies that are hauling oversize and overweight shipments must have a amber colored strobing or flashing light affixed to the top of the tractor trailer cab that is visible 360 degrees from a minimum distance of 500′. Signs that state the nature of the shipment; “oversize load” or “wideload” signs in the overall front and rear of the shipment. Signs will be no less than 7′ in width and 18″ in height with black lettering no less than 10″ in height with a lettering thickness of no less than 1 5/8″ thick on a yellow background. Signs must be mounted securely and free of any dirt or debris. Warning flags are to be used only in daylight hours and must be florescent orange in color with a minimum size distance of 18″ from one corner to the next corner and be placed at the outer most corners of the shipment as well as on any protrusions. IF the shipment is permitted to travel during night hours must have 2 constant display amber lights placed at the very most front extreme of the shipment,  two amber steady burning lights on the outer (side) center of the shipment and two red steady lit lights on the outer most rear of the shipment. THIS INCLUDES OVER-WEIGHT LOADS MOVING AT NIGHT.

Frost laws and restrictions for Nevada state.

Frost and thaw laws for Nevada:

Nevada is fairly elusive on frost and thaw law travel restrictions. They do provide a map but there is not much detail on it as far as the exact roads that must be travelled. You can view the frost law map or view this thaw law material published by the state DOT which does reference it as well. Then they also have some basic  shipment route information that references it as well for the state of Nevada.

Nevada DOT and other information:
Nevada DOT (NDOT) contact information and other helpful links:

Contact information:
Nevada Department of Transportation
1263 South Stewart Street. Room 102
Carson City, NV  89712
Telephone help line: 775-888-7410
Fax line: 775-888-7103
Permit office hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time Zone

Nevada State Law Reference – link.
Basic Nevada oversize trucking permit – link.

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 Nevada State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.




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