North Carolina State Shipping Regulations

North Carolina state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

North Carolina DOT rules and regulations for heavy haul trucking.

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Legal Loads

Length: 60’

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, Single axle 20,000 lbs., Tandem axle 38,000 lbs.

Width:  102”

Height: 13’ 6”

North Carolina DOT

Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  110’ with no max on lengths upon permit approval.

Weight: Over 80,000 lbs. but under 110,000 lbs. 12,000 lbs. max on steer, Single 25,000 lbs., 50,000 lbs. max on Tandem, 60,000 lbs. max on a Tridem axle.

Width: 15’

Height: 14’ however permissible height is determined by route.

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

North Carolina Oversize, Overweight Permit Unit DOT
1425 Rock Quarry Rd., Suite 109
Raleigh, NC  27610
NC DOT Permit phone: 919-733-4740 or 888-221-8166
Hours of operation 7:30 am until 4 pm., Monday thru Friday

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: Over 110’ on escort vehicle in rear.
Width: 2 lanes over 12’ one escort vehicle in front. 4 lanes one escort in rear.  Over 14’ requires one escort vehile in front and one escort vehile in rear.
Height: Over 14’ 6 requires a high pole escort.

Note: Permits are valid for 10 days.

Travel Restrictions

Travel is permitted sunrise to sunset Monday thru Saturday with no travel allowed on Sunday. Continuous travel is permitted if heavy only and under 112,000 lbs. GVW.

North Carolina DOT rules.

North Carolina DOT regulations.


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 North Carolina State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.