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2022 Florida State Shipping Regulations

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2022 Florida State Shipping Laws, Regulations, Rules, and Limitations, for Oversize and Heavy-haul Trucking | Pilot Car Requirements

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Florida Oversize Permits

Florida heavy-haul and oversize trucking permits

Legal Load Limits in Florida

The following are the maximum weight and dimensions you can transport in Florida without requiring shipping permits

  • Length: 75 feet overall. 48 feet semi-trailer. A 53 feet semi-trailer must have a kingpin set 41 feet from the kingpin to the center of the rear axle.
  • Width: 8 feet 6 inches (only 8 feet on some un-designated highways).
  • Height: 13 feet 6 inches (only 13 feet on some un-designated highways).
  • Weight: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). 22,000 pounds on a single axle, 44,000 pounds on tandem axles, and 66,000 pounds on tridem axles.
  • Overhang: 3 feet from the front or 3 feet from the rear of the trailer maximum.

Routine Oversize and Heavy Haul Trucking Permits in Florida

The following are the maximum weight and dimensions of the load you can transport in Florida with shipping permits. 

  • Length: 150 feet overall maximum.
  • Width: 16 feet maximum.
  • Height: Up to 16 feet maximum.
  • Weight: Tandem 44,000 pounds,  Tridem 69,000 pounds, 4 axles must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings, 5 axles 112,000 pounds, 6 axles 122,000 pounds, 7 axles 142,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles 195,000 pounds, 10 axles 197,000 pounds, 11 axles 199,000 pounds. You may be able to add an additional 1,000 pounds (up to 5,000) to each additional foot of the outer bridge, but this does not apply to all configurations. Heavy haul loads over a GVW of 160,000 (overall) or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings, as mentioned above.
  • Overhang: No set limitation on the overhang. All shipments with overhangs are looked at individually.

Travel Times and Restrictions in Florida

Permitted travel times within the state of Florida:

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday (possibly on Sunday) is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise only until noon if under 14 feet wide and under 14 feet 6 inches tall. However, you must request “weekend travel” when applying for your permit. Weekend travel is not permitted on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Days before and after these holiday days may be restricted, mainly when 4 or 3-day weekends are observed. Heavy haul shipments that do not require escorts or pilot cars may travel continuously. Military shipments (MOBCON) will fall under different guidelines, as noted on the permit. Be sure to clarify any discrepancies with the permit office before moving. Always follow the instructions on your permit.

Do I Need a Pilot Car or Escort Vehicle For My Florida Shipment?

Below are the dimensions guideline of when you need a pilot car in Florida

  • Length: If a shipment is over 95 feet long 1 rear pilot car is required. If you have more than 20 feet of overhang,  see below.
  • Width: If over 12 feet wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Some routes may require 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles. If a shipment is over 14 feet wide, 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required. If a shipment is in excess of 15 feet you may be required to have a police escort in addition to a minimum of 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
  • Height: If a shipment is over 14 feet and 6 inches you will be required to have one escort vehicle. Over 16 feet in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Any shipment in excess of 15 feet in height will be required to have a written route survey.
  • Overhang: Rear overhang up to 20 feet past the center of the rear axle (or dolly) may require 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.

Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Requirements in Florida

Pilot car certification programs that are accepted within the state of Florida are the following: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. An “escort vehicle” or “pilot car” must be a vehicle weighing more than 2,000 pounds with a gross vehicle rating of less than 26,000 pounds. The operator of the vehicle must be certified by the state of Florida or one of the above-mentioned states.

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Where/How to Apply for Oversize and Heavy Haul Trucking Permits in Florida

Florida Department of Transportation
605 Swannee St., MS-62
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 850-410-5777
Hours: 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM Eastern Time

You can visit the Florida DOT website for more information on oversize and overweight 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.

Heavy Haul Trucking and Oversize Load Permit Limitations in Florida

For shipments with four tile axles with a minimum of 10 feet between each axle grouping, the maximum gross weight on 7 axles is 142,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles 195,000 pounds, 10 axles 197,000 pounds, and 11 axles 199,000 pounds. 1000 pounds may be added to each additional foot of out bridge up to 5000 pounds but does not apply to all axle configurations. A minimum of 13 feet and 1 inch between axle groupings only applies to loaded configurations exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 160,000 pounds. Load configurations with a gross vehicle weight of over 160,000 pounds or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between axle groupings. The maximum width is 16 feet. The maximum height is 16 feet maximum length is 150 feet with no set maximum amount of overhang.

Super loads Permits in Florida

All super load applications must be submitted in writing with information that includes but is not limited to axle spacing, weight, and proposed routes.

Required Truck Signs, Flags, and Lights When Shipping a Load in Florida

Flags will need to be a minimum of 18″ x 18″, square in shape, and either red or orange in color. They must be displayed on four corners of extreme ends of any protrusions or per ejections or overhangs for loads up to 10 feet wide, 14’6 feet tall, or over 80 feet long. For shipments over 10 feet up to 12 feet wide, warning lights are mounted on top of the power unit and the load, so they’re visible in all directions from a minimum of 500 feet. Each warning sign will need to be yellow with black letters, a minimum of 12 inches, and height of a minimum of 1 1/2 inches in thickness. In addition, the sign will need to state the words “ OVERSIZED LOAD.” Each warning sign will be no less than 7 inches long and 18 inches in height. The semi-tractor will need to have one mounted in the front, and another mounted at the very rear of the load.

Special Permit Requirements in Florida

If any special requirements are required of your shipment, they will be listed on your Florida trip permit. If you are traveling south of Florida city and are between 10 feet and 16 feet wide, you will be permitted to travel during nighttime hours from 9 PM until 5 AM but not be allowed to travel on the weekends. If your width is more than 10 feet and up to 14 feet, you will be required to have a minimum of one escort or pilot car vehicle. If your shipment is greater than 14 feet up to 16 feet wide, you will be required to have a minimum of one police escort. If you are traveling north of Florida city, then you may travel during all days and daylight hours only with the exclusion of weekends and holidays. No movement is permitted on any state mentioned roadway, including interstates that are over 12 feet in width or more than 85 feet long from 7 AM until 9 AM and 4 PM until 6 PM during weekdays in the following counties: Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Do Voll, Hillsboro, and Pinellas counties. No movement is allowed in main state cities, including Daytona Beach, Janesville, Lakeland, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, and Tallahassee. In addition to warning lights and one escort, a high visibility flag of a minimum of 18″ x 18″ square is required, and one escort or pilot car vehicle with a height pole indicator is required to proceed with the shipment. Warning lights with 12-inch high black letters on a yellow background are required on the front and rear of the escort or pilot car vehicle.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and heavy-haul trucking permit 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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2 Responses

  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)

    1. 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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