Connecticut State Shipping Regulations

2021 Connecticut state heavy haul and oversize trucking laws, regulations, rules, and limitations.

These are the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to heavy haul and oversize loads on the roads and highways in the state of Connecticut. The Commissioner of Transportation or other authority having charge of the operation, repair, or maintenance of any highway or bridge is authorized to deny or grant permits for transporting vehicles or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and loads or other objects transported within Connecticut state jurisdiction. With that said heavy haul trucking and oversize trucking within the state of Connecticut is primarily subject to the following regulations, rules, and limitations. We do ask viewers such as yourself to mention any variations of this information below. Sharing will immediately notify us and other viewers user so we can immediately update our information if needed. State laws for heavy haul trucking, oversize trucking, and pilot car companies are constantly changing. We thank you for your consideration and for visiting us.


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Connecticut state trucking permit regulations; overweight, oversize, heavy haul, wideload, pilot cars.  Shipping and Transport.

Legal Loads.

Length: trailer 48’ (no limit for tractor)
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs. if configuration complies with federal bridge formula.
Width: 8’6”
Height: 13’6”

Routine heavy haul trucking, oversize shipping and transport permits.

*NOTE: We are not sure if there is anything considered “routine” as far as permits are in this state. They are really picky about issuing permits so nothing can be assumed, you must call and speak with them first. If you have any verifiable information to add to this please submit it below.

Length: 130′ is about the maximum and that depends on routing.
Width: 16′ wide is about the most allowed depending on the intended route.
Height: 14′ – possibly more depending on your intended route.
Weight: single axle: 22,500, tandem: 45,000, tridum axles: 67,500, quadem: ?, 5 axles: 122,000, 6 axles: 130,000, 7 axles: 150,000, 8 axles: 160,000.
Notes: Cranes (driven of self-propelled) weight limits. Four axle cranes having a maximum GVW of 110,000 pounds: tandem axle cranes having a maximum of 60,900 lbs. and not more than 23 feet from the center of the first axle to the last axle. Five axle cranes maximum gross vehicle weight of 114,500 lbs. with no more than 30,000 lbs. on a single axle or 45,000 lbs on any tandem axles or 66,100 lbs on tridem axles. Six axle cranes a maximum gross vehicle weight of 115,000 lbs., with no more than 68,200 lbs on tandem axles. No more than 28′ from the center of the first axle to the last axle. Modular and mobile homes  16′ wide M-F travel only with a travel time of 11:30 pm until 4:30 am as will be specified on the permit.

Pilot Cars – when do you need them?

Width: Over 12’ wide 1 rear (or front and rear if undivided highway). Over 13’ 6” 1 front and one rear escort. Over 15’ 1 front and 2 rear
Height: Over 14’ 1 pilot car in front
Length: Over 80’ 1 pilot car in the rear on an undivided highway.  If over 100’ one escort vehicle is required in the front and rear of the trailer on undivided highways. On divided, only 1 rear is required. If over 119′ one in front and one in the rear on undivided highways. Sectional or modular homes 16′ wide maximum. No pilot required until 10′ wide. If 10′ wide then one rear escort is required in undivided highways if the load is wider than the lane. From 10′ wide to 13′ 6″ one rear on divided highways and one rear on undivided highways. Over 13′ 6″ in width requires on front and one rear on all roads. If over 80′ in length one rear escort is required on undivided highways. If over 85′ in length then one front and one rear is required on all routes.

Escort Car Requirements.

Your signs must be worded exactly: “Oversize load ahead” or “Oversize load following” depending on if you are leading or chasing. This sign must be a minimum of 48″ above the ground. Or sign must read: “Wideload ahead” or “Wideload following” or “Longload ahead” or “Longload following” depending on if the pilot car is leading or chasing. All signs mentioned here must have a minimum of 8″ black letters and be on a yellow background. Amber lights must be attached to the top of the pilot car or escort vehicle and be visible for no less than 1,000 feet. Your light must either flash or rotate. You must be able to maintain communication with the driver of the load via 2-way radio at all times. You must have a red vest or jacket as well as a red hand flag no less than 18″ square. 18″ square flags are to be mounted on both front or rear corners of the vehicle. All escort vehicles must have a width of at least 60″ and 1 and 1/2 ton capacity for cargo.

Travel Restrictions.

Travel permitted ½ after sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Loads over 13’6” wide or over 14’ high can travel only Tuesday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.

How to Apply for Permits.

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)
2800 Berlin Turnpike, PO Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Permits:  (alternative)
Phone: 860-594-2880
Fax: 860-594-2949
Office hours: 8am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4pm EDT, M-F.


A basic permit is 23 bucks plus there’s a 3 dollar fee for faxing the permit.  A permit is valid for 3 days. We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any ideas, questions, comments, or concerns? Perhaps you have in-depth knowledge you can share with others. Please don’t be shy as we like to hear from our viewers and our viewers like to hear what others have to say so share it below! 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 Connecticut State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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Connecticut oversize trucking permits

Connecticut oversize trucking permits

Connecticut oversize trucking permit and over-weight help DIY.


Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.

Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.


Filing for oversize and over weight trucking permits is becoming a much easier process. Find out why and save your trucking company thousands.

In these times with technology advancing more and more every day state agencies are making it easier and easier to do business with them using online application systems built for the consumer – especially when it comes to filing for oversize trucking permits. What this translates into is that it is easier and less costly for them to automate a process letting you the customer enter the information rather than one of their employees which saves the state DOT countless man hours and thus saving them money. So, while there was a huge need for trucking permit companies in the past, today it’s much easier for trucking companies in need of oversize and over-weight trucking permits to file for them on their own. Something that trucking permit companies aren’t going to tell you and don’t necessarily want you to know. Nobody knows more about your company than you. So all of the truck registration numbers,  MC numbers, trailer, insurance and load dimensions are less likely to be inputted incorrectly by you, your driver or dispatcher rather than a third party trucking permit company that is charging you from $30 to $60 per state to fill out an online form in 3 minutes. If today’s American and Canadian trucking companies wake up a bit they can find with very little help at all that they can be getting their own oversize and over-weight trucking permits in just a few clicks that can be as easy as 1,2,3.

You can start filing for your own oversize and over-weight trucking permits for Connecticut today!

That is right. The Connecticut state DOT office that processes oversize and over weight trucking permits has easy instructions that will show you how to fill out the form for oversize and over weight trucking permits online which is easy to do. In fact we can show you how to get your own trucking permits from Connecticut state in about 3 very easy steps.

  1. First of all simply take a look at Connecticut DOT instructions for filing for a trucking permit.
  2. Fill out the easy Connecticut DOT permit application for obtaining a oversize or over weight trucking permit.
  3. Fax it back to the number at the top of the permit application.
  4. Kick back and relax. A professional team from the state is rushing to approve your application.

Now is that easy or what? You can save yourself thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars every single year just by taking a few extra minutes and filing out and filing your companies oversize and over-weight trucking permits yourself. It’s much easier than it used to be and most state programs are gearing up (if they haven’t already) to make it easier for trucking companies to file for their own trucking permits.

If you have some knowledge of oversize trucking permits with the state of Connecticut please feel free to share that information below to help the next visitor. We thank you for having a look at this information and hope you found it useful.