New Mexico Oversize and Overweight Permits
Contact (877) 792-5056 for Oversize Permits in New Mexico.When shipping oversize and overweight loads to or from New Mexico, permits from the state’s DOT are mandatory. Wide Load Shipping is familiar with the oversize and overweight load requirements in New Mexico and will help you acquire the permits on time. Below is detailed information about the limits, superloads, and pilot cars.
Oversize Load Limits in New Mexico
The following are the legal weight and dimensions limits in New Mexico before a load requires trucking permits.
- Length: 65 feet.
- Height: 14 feet.
- Width: 8′ 6 feet.
- Weight: 80,000 lbs.
When Are Pilot Cars Required in New Mexico?Pilot cars (escort vehicles) are required for shipments that exceed 14′ in width and can be even lower depending on the route you wish to travel. Pilot cars (escorts) are required for loads exceeding 14′ 6″ on any restricted highways. See the pilot car (escort vehicle) map developed by the New Mexico DOT, which will furnish all pilot cars (escort vehicles) with a complimentary map if you ask. Over-length shipments may require a pilot car (escort) for shipments over 90′ in length overall. If you are over 110′ overall, you will be required to have 2 pilot cars (1 front & 1 rear). If the width of the load exceeds 20′ wide, you will be required to have a police escort and flag person that is certified to control traffic. The maximum height is 16′. If you are over this height, you will be required to have a high-pole pilot car (escort vehicle).
What’s the Cost of Trucking Permits In New Mexico?The following are the costs of oversize and overweight pernts in New Mexico. Wide Load Shipping is familiar with how to acquire permits on time. Call us now at (877) 792-5056.
- Single trip oversize permit in New Mexico: $25 (additional $300 per day if state police escort is used)
- Single trip overweight permit: $25
- Loads exceeding 86,400 pounds: $0.025 per ton/mile
- Self-issue permits for manufactured home haulers and dealers: $250 for a book of 10
- Self-issue permits for manufactured home haulers of husbandry implements: $150 for a book of 10
- Multiple trip permit for combination vehicles not exceeding 14 feet wide, 15 feet high, 15 feet front overhang, 25 feet rear overhang, and 140,000 pounds: $250
Oversize and Overweight Permit Limits in New Mexico
Here’s the maximum weight your load can be, even with a permit in New Mexico:
- Single Axle Weight Permits: 23,000 pounds
- Tandem axles Weight Permits: 46,000 pounds
- Tridem axles Weight Permits: 60,000 pounds
- Quadem axles Weight Permits: 68,000 pounds
- Five axle Weight Permits: 105,000 pounds
- Six axle Weight Permits: 119,000 pounds
- Seven axle Weight Permits: 127,000 pounds
- Eight axle Weight Permits: 150,000 pounds
Below are the maximum dimensions a load can be even with a permit in the state of New Mexico:
- Max Length With Permit: 190 feet
- Maximum Width With Permit: Depends on route.
- Maximum Height With Permit: 14 feet
Learn More About Super Load Permits in New Mexico
When is a load considered a superload in New Mexico?
- Superload Weight: over 200,000 pounds of gross weight.
- Superload Length: over 190 feet long.
- Superload Width: over 20 feet in width.
- Superload Height: over 17 feet in height.
Oversize Load Travel Times & Restrictions in New MexicoThe sunrise-to-sunset rule applies in the state of New Mexico. Sunday travel is not allowed, and holiday restrictions apply (if overweight interstate travels only with a pilot car). For example, if the holiday is on a Friday, you can only travel until sunset on Thursday. If the holiday is on a Saturday, you can not travel past Friday at sunset. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, you can’t resume travel until Tuesday. In addition, travel is not permitted on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day
- Thanksgiving Day
NOTE: In the cities of Albuquerque, Espanola and Santa Fe you can not travel from the hours of 7 – 9 AM and 4 – 6 PM as high traffic density is the worst during this time.
Pilot Car Certifications Required in New MexicoAt the New Mexico DOT port of entry, your pilot car (escort vehicle) will be required to undergo an inspection for certification by the New Mexico DOT while operating in their state. The driver is required to show the following equipment and documentation in/on the vehicle for inspection purposes:
- Condition of vehicle tires must be excellent and the wheelbase of the vehicle must be a minimum of 100″ and have a rated capacity of no more than 1 and 1/2 ton vehicle.
- Two-way radio or CB radio units that are capable of transporting well over 10 miles minimum.
- 2 amber flashing or strobing lights on the two most outer edges of the vehicle that are visible 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. Headlamps are required to be turned on as well when working.
- At least 1 “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign must be displayed on the vehicle. This sign must have a yellow background with minimum dimensions of 5′ in width and 12″ in height with black letter thickness no less than 1″ thick. Best if mounted on top but can be mounted to the rear if chasing or front if leading.
- A minimum of 2 florescent orange-colored safety flags no less than 12″ in length on any side.
- Fire extinguisher with type A, B, and C rating and a minimum of 2 1/2 pounds (5 or larger is suggested).
- 3 reflective road triangles and 8 ignitable road flares.
- Safety-colored vest or jacket.
- The vehicle must display the company name, address, and contact information on both sides of the vehicle. New Mexico does not allow any logo shapes that resemble law enforcement/vehicles.
- Certificate of insurance meeting the minimum requirements for New Mexico DOT which are $50,000, $100,000, and $25,000.
The New Mexico DOT inspections are annual inspections and the duration of validity is determined by the expiration date on the insurance certificate or 1 year, whichever is first.
Oversize Load in New Mexico | Shipment & Trailer Markings
Truck, trailer, and shipment signs, banners & flags in New Mexico:Signs must be yellow and black detailed and specific, stating; ‘OVERSIZE LOAD”, “OVER HEIGHT LOAD,” “OVER LENGTH LOAD,” OR “WIDELOAD.” These signs/banners must be a minimum of 5′ in width, 12″ in height and have letters a minimum of 1″ thick and 10″ in height. Flags must be used at all times with over-dimensional loads. Flags must be safety flags in fluorescent colors of orange or red and placed on the 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment (front of truck and rear of trailer). MORE USEFUL RESOURCES New Mexico Road Closures 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 New Mexico DOT Permits office before commencing movement.