Mississippi Oversize and Overweight Permits
Contact (877) 792-5056 for Oversize Permits in Mississippi.
Are you shipping an oversize or overweight load in Mississippi? Contact Wide Load Shipping to help you acquire the necessary shipping permits in Mississippi to avoid being fined by the state’s DOT. Below is helpful information about shipping limits, superloads, pilot cars, and more.
Oversize Load Limits in Mississippi
Mississippi maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required:
- Length: 53 feet.
- Width: 8’6 feet.
- Height: 13’6 feet.
- Weight: 80,000 pounds (GVW).
- Overhang: 3 feet front and a rear maximum of 14 feet.
Pilot Cars/Escort Vehicle Certifications and Requirements in Mississippi
Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:
Mississippi law for pilot cars is very basic. We suggest you follow the federal pilot car and escort vehicle requirement guidelines. Still, as of 2018, the requirements are as follows:
- a single motor vehicle equipped with an amber rotating or strobing light mounted at the vehicle’s top
- two red or orange fluorescent safety flags are mounted on the vehicle
- an “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted at either the top of the vehicle that does not obstruct the view of the strobe/rotating amber light of an “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign mounted to the front when leading or rear when chasing (following) an oversized load. Signs must be covered when not in operation.
What’s the Cost of Trucking Permits In Mississippi?
Oversize and overweight loads must be accompanied by trucking permits in Mississippi. Wide Load Shipping will help you acquire the necessary permits for your load to avoid fines. Call us now at (877) 792-5056.
- Single trip oversize permits in Mississippi: $10
- Single trip overweight permits in Mississippi: $0.05 per mile per 1000 pounds over 80,000 pounds limit
- Special heavy haul annual permit: $4500 per pulling unit for the excess weight
- Annual overwidth blanket permit for loads exceeding 14 feet: $100
- Annual continuous movement overlength trailer: $100 per company
- Annual CMSI permit: $500 per company
- Annual timber industry 2-piece load blanket permit: $200
- Pre-numbered permit book for oversize manufactured housing: $500 (each book has 50 permits – $10 per permit)
We Offer Trucking Permits in the Following Cities in Mississippi;
Jackson, MS; Gulfport, MS; Southaven, MS; Hattiesburg, MS; Biloxi, MS; Olive Branch, MS; Oxford, MS; Tupelo, MS; Horn Lake, MS; Meridian, MS; Pearl, MS; Madison, MS; Starkville, MS; Clinton, MS; Oxford, MS; Ridgeland, MS; Brandon, MS; Columbus, MS; Vicksburg, MS; Pascagoula, MS; Gautier, MS. Ocean Springs, MS; Clarksdale, MS; Hernando, MS; Long Beach, MS; Natchez, MS;
We Offer Trucking Permits in the Following Counties in Mississippi;
Hinds County; Harrison County; DeSoto County; Rankin County; Jackson County ; Madison County; Lee County; Forrest County; Lauderdale County; Jones County; Lamar County; Lowndes County; Pearl River County; Lafayette County; Oktibbeha County; Hancock County; Washington County; Warren County; Pike County; Alcorn County; Lincoln County; Monroe County; Marshall County; Panola County; Bolivar County; Pontotoc County;
Oversize and Overweight Permit Limits in Mississippi
Here’s the maximum weight your load can be, even with a permit in Mississippi:
- Single Axle Weight Permits: 20,000 pounds
- Tandem axles Weight Permits: 48,000 pounds
- Tridem axles Weight Permits: 57,000 pounds
- Quadem axles Weight Permits: 64,000 pounds
- Five axle Weight Permits: 113,000 pounds
- Six axle Weight Permits: 123,000 pounds
- Seven axle Weight Permits: 128,000 pounds
- Eight axle Weight Permits: 141,000 pounds
Below are the maximum dimensions a load can be even with a permit in the state of Mississippi:
- Max Length With Permit: 120 feet
- Maximum Width With Permit: 20 feet
- Maximum Height With Permit: 17 feet
NOTE: If you are not sure about any routes in Mississippi you can use their route checker here to look up your limits. For more documentation see; Mississippi oversize and heavy-haul permit regulations.
Learn More About Super Load Permits in Mississippi
When is a load considered a superload in Mississippi?
- Superload Weight: over 141,000 pounds of gross weight.
- Superload Length: over 120 feet long.
- Superload Width: over 20 feet in width.
- Superload Height: over 15’7 feet in height.
NOTES: Always work with Mississippi state DOT proactively. They’ll do their best to get the shipment in the proper category and the correct permit issued. Excessive weights must meet bridge analysis specifications in order to be safely transported.
Oversize Load Signs in Mississippi | Lights, Safety Flags, and Warning Signs
Required safety markings, safety flags, and warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads in Mississippi:
All oversized shipments (and over 12 feet wide) transported within Mississippi must have been signed. Sign dimensions will need to be at least 84 inches wide and 18 inches in height. All signs should have the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” and black letters at least 10 inches in height and 1 and 5/8 inches thick. All signs should have a yellow background with black letters. Red or orange fluorescent safety flags are required. They should be used on all four outermost extremities of the combination (front to rear) and mounted a minimum of 6 feet above pavement level. All safety flags should be a minimum of 18 inches square in shape. If the shipment is over 12 feet wide, it’s required to have flashing amber lights mounted on both sides of the rear extremities in all cases.
When Pilot Cars or Escort Vehicles Are Required in Mississippi
Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by an escort vehicle or pilot car if
- If in excess of 95 feet overall; 1 pilot car/escort vehicle will be required. Some routes will require 2.
- If in excess of 105 feet overall: 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required.
- If permitted to travel during night hours 1 escort vehicle will be required when 10 feet or more wide.
- If in excess of 12 feet and 11 inches 1 pilot car or escort vehicle is required.
- If in excess of 16 feet wide 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required.
Height: Mississippi state DOT may require 1 pilot car vehicle equipped with a height pole on some routes if over 14 feet in height. A route survey may be mandatory for shipments in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height depending on the desired route.
Overhang: If in excess of 15 feet in the front will require 1 front lead pilot car is required. chase escort vehicle is required. Some routes require 1 lead pilot car rather than a chase.
- Length: Pilot cars or escort vehicles (front or rear depending on route and lanes) will be required whenever the overall combined length of the shipment exceeds 95 feet. If the shipment is in excess of 105 feet overall you may be required to have 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort vehicle depending on the route.
- Width: Over 10 feet wide anytime night travel is permitted requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 12 feet and 11 inches require 1 pilot car/escort vehicle. Over 13 feet wide requires 1 front lead pilot car on 2-lane roads or 1 rear chase escort vehicle on 4-lane roads.
- Height: 15 feet and 6 inches (over 15 feet and 7 inches require a route survey) may require 1 lead pilot car depending on the desired route. A lead pilot car equipped with a height pole will be required for shipments in excess of 16 feet in height.
NOTE: In some cases, a rear escort can be eliminated by attaching 2 (5 inches) amber lights mounted on the rear of the shipment. If you plan to implement this option note that you are also required to have a monitoring device in the truck cab that confirms both amber light bulbs are in operation.
Legal Travel Times for Oversize and Overweight Loads in Mississippi
Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads in Mississippi:
Daylight hours are 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset. Travel is permitted on Saturdays, with no travel permitted on Sundays. You may not travel on Saturday if your shipment is over 12′ wide. In addition, you may not travel on the following holidays:
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
You may not move any later than noon on any day before one of these holidays. For shipments over 12′ in width, you are strongly encouraged to route your shipment around high-traffic density areas. You may not travel in high-traffic areas from 7 AM – 8:30 AM and again from 4:30 – 5: 30 PM except for I-10 ( travel during these hours is permitted).
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I want to know can a over weight load travel
24/7 or am I restricted to daylight to dark? I am only a little heavy not wide tall or long.
Hello Clifford. Typically overweight shipments (superloads excluded) are permitted to travel at night. However, some routes and some states here and there do not permit night travel. You can refer to our “Regulations” section for more detailed information but I should note to always refer to your actual permit for any restrictions.