If you’re driving through Texas, you’ve got a lot of ground to cover. In fact, just The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. To make sure you’re ready to travel through the Lone Star state, get yourself a Texas oversize permit.
If you need help with that task, The Permit Company can help. We work directly with state and local agencies on your behalf to take the hassle out of obtaining oversize and overweight truck permits. Below you can find everything you need to know about moving oversized loads through Texas and how to obtain the necessary permits.
1. How long are oversize permits valid for in Texas?
5 travel days
2. What are the legal dimensions for loads in Texas?
The legal limits in Texas are as follows:
- Gross Weight: 80,000 lbs. on designated highways and all other roads unless otherwise posted
- Width: 8’6”
- Height: 14’
- Length: 45’ for single unit, 59’ for semi-trailer, 28’6” for twins/doubles, 59’ for autotransporters; rocky mountain doubles, turnpike doubles and triples are not allowed
- Overhang: 3’ front, 4’ rear; overhang restrictions do not apply to:
- Permanently attached booms on single-unit motor vehicles; booms are considered part of the vehicle and not a load
- Poles, piling or unrefined timber, so long as:
- The timber is being transported from the place of origin to a wood processing mill for a distance of 125 miles or less
- The length of the vehicle and the load does not exceed 90’
- Transport occurs during daylight hours
3. What are the permit limits for loads in Texas?
The routine-issue permit limits in Texas are as follows:
- Gross Weight:
- 5 axles: 105,000 lbs.
- 6 axles: 119,000 lbs.
- 7 axles: 129,000 lbs.
- 8 axles: depends on axle configuration
- Length: 180’ (maximum of 30’ overhang)
- Width: 20’ (typically 16’ is the max on interstate)
- Height: 18’11”
Loads exceeding any of these dimensions are superloads.
4. Is continuous travel allowed for oversize permits in Texas?
For vehicles exceeding 10’ wide or 100’ feet long, travel is permitted 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
Vehicles under 10’ wide or 100’ long can operate 24/7.
5. What are the travel restrictions for oversize loads?
Time restrictions are noted on the permit, but all major cities are restricted Monday–Friday, 7:00–9:00 a.m. and 4:00–6:00 p.m. Major cities include:
- Fort Worth
- San Antonio
- El Paso
- Wichita Falls
Travel is prohibited when road conditions are hazardous or when visibility is less than 2/10 of a mile.
Drivers are required to have a Transportation Workers Identification Card issued by the TSA when traveling through any of the following ports:
- Corpus Christi
- Lake Jackson
- La Porte
- Port LaVaca
- Port Author
- Texas City
6. When are escorts needed in Texas?
One escort is needed when a load’s:
- Width is between 14’ and 16’
- Length is between 110’ and 125’
- Overhang is between 20’ and 30’
- Height is between 17’ and 18’
- Mobile home width is between 16’ and 18’
Two escorts (front and rear) are needed when a load’s:
- Width exceeds 16’
- Length exceeds 125’
- Overhang exceeds 30’ (special approval required)
- Height exceeds 18’
- Mobile home width exceeds 18’
7. What is a superload in Texas?
In Texas, loads larger than 254,300 lbs., 20’ wide, 18’11” high or 125’ long are considered superloads.
When applying for a superload permit, the following information must be submitted:
- Purpose for moving load
- Description of the load
- Equipment used to move the load
- A detailed diagram of equipment including number of axles, axle spacings, tires per axle, tire size and weight per axle
- A map of proposed routes including start and finish locations
- A completed MCD-306a Route Inspection form
The complexities of permitting in Texas (and any other state) can be daunting, but that’s why we’re here. If you have any questions or would prefer that someone else do the heavy lifting (pun intended), give us a call at (800) 359-9407 or send us an email.