Kentucky State Shipping Regulations

2021 Kentucky state shipping regulations, limitations, rules, and laws oversize and overweight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Kentucky.


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Legal Loads.

Length: 65’ (53’ trailer)
Overhang: Less than 5’
Weight: GVW on 5 or more axles 80,000
Width: 8’6” on interstates and other designated highways 8’ on non-designated highways
Height: 13’6”

Routine oversize/weight trucking permits.

Length: 95’ on 2 lanes or 110’ on 4 lanes
Overhang: less than 25’
Weight: 96,000 on 5 axles., 24,000 single., 120,000 on 6 axles., 160,000 on 7 axles.
Width: 14’
Height: 15’

Pilot car – Escort Car Requirements.

Width: 2 lanes over 10’6” requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle. 2 lanes over 12’ requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  4 lanes over 12’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.
Length: 2 lanes over 75’ require 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  2 lanes over 85’ requires 1 front and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  4 lanes over 110’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.

Travel restrictions for oversize/weight shipments.

Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday thru Friday and Saturday until noon.

How to apply for trucking permits.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Phone: 502-564-7150
A permit is valid for 10 days – the basic fee is $60

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 Kentucky State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.





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You can have your oversize or over-weight trucking permit in just a few hours cheap and easy!

Odds are if your have had to order a oversize or over-weight trucking permit in the state of Kentucky at any time the DOT still has all of your company information on file already. You may have to update your insurance certificate but usually your insurance company does that for you. You are going to be amazed at how easy this is. We’ll show you in 2 simple steps but for the sake of conversation let’s say 3 steps.

  1. Go to this page and click on trip permit half way down. Or choose the oversize or overweight permit you desire. Or you can also create an online account by entering your USDOT number here to start the process.
  2. Fill out the permit and fax it back to the number at the top. Or sign in by clicking here.
  3. Kick back and relax! A whole team of professionals is working to get your trucking permit approved!

Is that easy or what? Getting oversize and over-weight trucking permits from the Kentucky is easy as pie! Now you are one your way to saving big time bucks by doing your trucking permits yourself. If you would like to share this information with others simply click the big green button above. If you have comments for others please use the form below. Thanks for visiting!