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

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Do I Need a Trucking Permit? Legal Load Limits in Kansas

Kansas maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required.

  • Length: The trailer may be no longer than 59 feet and 6 inches in length.  Overall length may not exceed 59 feet and 6 inches in length.
  • Width:  8 feet and 6 inches.
  • Height: 14 feet maximum.
  • Weight: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW).
  • Overhang: Provided the overall combined length does not exceed 59 feet and 6 inches it is legal.

Routine Oversize and Heavy-haul Trucking Permits in Kansas

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

  • Length:  Up to 126 feet overall depending on the route. Turnpike restrictions: Any vehicle or combination of vehicles, trailer(s) or load(s) exceeding 125 feet in length requires pre-authorization by KTA. Night operation of these loads will not be authorized except in emergency or disaster situations. Tandem and triple trailers are discouraged – and may be restricted – during inclement weather.
  • Width: Up to 16 feet and 6 inches is a routine permit. Over this width is a superload. Turnpike restrictions: Any vehicle or load exceeding 12 feet in width requires pre-authorization by KTA. Night operation of these loads will not be authorized except in emergency or disaster situations. Vehicles and/or loads more than 8 feet and 6 inches in width may not travel the Kansas Turnpike during the nighttime hours. Night operation of these loads will not be authorized except in emergency or disaster situations. Vehicles and/or loads exceeding 16 feet wide will rarely be authorized for any operation on the Kansas Turnpike.
  • Height: Up to 17 feet tall depending on routing (route survey required for some routes).  Anything over 17 feet is a superload. Turnpike restrictions: Vehicles and/or loads more than 14 feet in height will be denied entry until a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper can measure the load to authorize or deny travel. Any vehicle or load activating an over-height detector when entering the Kansas Turnpike is required to stop and cannot proceed until authorized to do so by a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.
  • Weight: Single axle 22,000 pounds, tandem axles 45,000 pounds, tridem axles 60,000 pounds, quadem axles 65,000 pounds.  Gross weight on 5 axles is 95,000 pounds, 6 axles 110,000 pounds, 7 axles 150,000 pounds, 8 axles 150,000 pounds. Any shipment over 150,000 pounds gross is a super load.

Superloads Transport in Kansas

If you’re in excess of any of the weights or dimensions listed above in the “routine” permit applicants must fill out a superload permit.

Lights, Safety Flags, and Warning Signs for Heavy Haul and Oversize Loads in Kansas

Required safety markings, safety flags, and warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads in Kansas:

The front of the truck and rear of the trailer must have “Oversize Load” signs anytime a permit is issued. Red or orange safety flags must be attached to each corner of the widest part of the shipment. That includes the rear of all-over-length loads. If an overhang exists, the item must be flagged and marked with warning lights on the rear. In addition, the truck must have a rotating or flashing amber light mounted at the very top that is visible from no less than 1,000 feet. Overweight-only loads require “Oversize Load” signs. Signs of being overweight online will be covered during nighttime travel. Sign dimensions should be a minimum of 7 feet wide and 18 inches in height, with black letters no less than 10 inches in height on a yellow background.

When Pilot Cars or Escort Vehicles Are Required in Kansas

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

  • Length: If in excess of 90 feet overall you are required to have 1 rear/chase pilot car or escort vehicle.
  • Width: Loads over 14 feet wide, one front escort and one rear. 4 lanes or less may eliminate rear escort with amber light on the cab and rear or load.  The light must be at least 2 feet high from the pavement and no more than 8’ from the pavement.  Does not apply to super or over 4 lanes. Turnpike restrictions: At least one escort vehicle is required to accompany the movement of loads that are more than 14 feet wide.
  • Height: If over 17 feet tall you need a high pole escort.

NOTES: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days. All signs, flags, and amber lights must be either removed or covered when not in operation.

Pilot Cars/Escort Vehicle Certifications and Requirements in Kansas

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

Qualifying vehicles must be passenger vehicles or pick-up trucks with a minimum width of 60 inches and a maximum weight rating of 1 ton. The maximum loaded weight may not exceed 12,000 pounds. Pilot car and escort vehicle operators must be 18 years of age minimum and have a valid driver’s license. All pilot cars or escort vehicles must have an “Oversize Load” sign either on top of the pilot car/escort vehicle or facing towards the front or the rear of the vehicle, whichever is applicable. Oversize Load signs must be a minimum of 5 feet in length and no less than 18 inches in height with a minimum of 8-inch letters that are black on a yellow background. Amber lights must be attached to the vehicle’s roof and either rotate or strobe and be visible from no less than 1,000 feet. Any vehicle used to escort or pilot oversize loads must be fully insured in its registered state. Equipment required is 1 standard 18-inch or 24-inch “Stop” and “Slow” paddle sign. 8 reflective triangles, 8 red road safety burning flares, three orange color 18-inch tall safety cones, one orange hard hat worn when outside of the vehicle, 2 amber flashing lights 6 inches or larger or one rotating or oscillating amber light. A first aid kit, 1 “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign, 1 spare tire, 1 jack and lug wrench, 1 safety-colored orange vest or jacket, 2 – 12 inch (minimum) square red or orange hand-held flags, and 1- 5 pound B and C fire extinguisher.

NOTES: The “superload certification” certificate policy has been discontinued and you no longer need to be “certified” to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Kansas. Research this further if you wish. All pilot cars or escort vehicles operating in the state of Kansas are required to have a copy of the Kansas pilot car manual in the vehicle at all times. All signs, flags, and amber lights must be covered or removed when not in operation.

Mobile Home Transport Laws in Kansas

Be certain you’re aware of the Kansas Mobile home shipping regulations:

All mobile homes must comply with the length, height, and width guidelines. All mobile homes must be towed by a truck-tractor designed and equipped to tow mobile homes. Towing of more than one mobile home at any one time by a single power unit is not permitted. All movement of mobile homes must comply with state rules and regulations regarding flags, lights, signing, and insurance requirements.

Legal Travel Times for Oversize and Heavy Haul Loads in Kansas

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

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset 7 days a week. No night movements except for overweight only. Turnpike restrictions: The movement of vehicles that are more than 14 feet wide is restricted to Monday through Thursday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

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Kansas DOT Contact Information and Notes

Kansas DOT (KDOT) office and permit contact information:

Kansas Commercial Motor Vehicle Permit Offices
915 Southwest Harrison Street
Topeka, KS  66612-1588
Telephone: 785-368-6501
Hours: 7:30 Am until 4:45 PM
Central Standard Time

Kansas is a member of MVCSHTO.
NOTES: Kansas Turnpike Authorities: 316-682-4537 extension: 2202. Turnpike notes: Special permits from KDOT are not required to move oversize loads on the Kansas Turnpike. Movement of any oversize loads must comply with Kansas laws governing authority, insurance, lights, flags, signs, placards, and safety equipment. It is the responsibility of the driver of any oversize vehicle and/or load to determine if the toll plaza has adequate space for the safe entry and exit of the vehicle and/or load. The movement of some or all oversize vehicles and/or loads may be temporarily restricted due to weather, road, or construction conditions.


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6 Responses

  1. In MO a pilot is required at 12’4″+ on designated highway system and 2 pilots at the same width if on smaller roads. At 14’+ wide on interstate you need one pilot, on any undivided highway at the same width you need two pilots.

  2. I am in Garden City Kansas , and some of the Escorts have been stopped and or given ticket for having there flags on or banners on while going back to motel or going to pick up! I have reseached this for 2 days and cant come up with an answer! i have looked at the DOT rules and city regs? Can you Shine some light on this for me ? thanks Kenny

  3. This is my first over weight and over height haul! Whom do I need to get information from regarding a route in which to take from Lakin Kansas to Topeka Kansas?

    Enviro Recycling of SWKS LLc
    Kevin L. Swank

  4. Problem solved. If you are having a hard time getting anyone on the phone with the Kansas oversize permit office please read the inclusion above on how to obtain those permits.

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