State Oversize Permits & Escorts Information


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Delaware DOT Phone Number: (302) 744-2700

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PERMITS: Permits are valid for five days.

OPERATING TIME: Travel permitted sunrise to sunset including Saturday and Sunday.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: No travel on New Years, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Movement is to stop 12:00 noon the day before a holiday and can begin after 9:00 noon the day after the holiday. Ask the Permit Office to verify, as these may change from year to year.

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Length: Interstate and Designated Highways – 53′ semi-trailers. 70′ poles, steel, etc. including 5′ rear overhang are legal. Shall not extend more than 10′ beyond rear.


  • 6′ rear
  • 3′ front

Width: 8′-6″ (8′ on non-designated)

Height: 13′ -6″ (13′ non-designated)

Weight: 80,000 Gross

  • Steer – 20,000
  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 34,000
  • Tridem – 42,000

Length: 120′

Width: 15′

Height: 15′


  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 46,000
  • Tridem – 69,000
  • 5 Axles – depends on spacings
  • 6, 7, 8 axles – 120,000

Loads exceeding these dimensions or weights have to be applied for as Super Load.



  • 90′ or over – one rear escort
  • 100′ or over – two escorts
  • 120’ – two escorts & State Police.

Overhang: Over 15′ – one escort unless permit specifies otherwise.


  • Over 13′ – one escort
  • Over 14′ – two escorts
  • Over 15′ – two escorts & State Police.


  • 15′ – two escorts
  • 17′-6″ and over – two escorts & State Police
  • 15′ high and over, must have route survey

Weight: Over 120,000 pounds – two escorts & State Police & Bridge Survey

MISCELLANEOUS: All loads that are reducible must be reduced. No exceptions, this includes buckets,
counterweights, blades, etc.

SIGNS & FLAGS: Warning signs are required for all oversize movements. “Oversize Load” signs are to be displayed on all vehicles and loads exceeding legal width, length or rear overhang. Flags are required at the extremities on all over width loads. On loads with rear overhang in excess of 4′, one flag is required at the extreme rear of the load if it is 2′ wide or less at that point; 2 flags required if it is over 2′ wide.

Important Notice:
The following is provided for informational purposes only. We do not procure or arrange permits on behalf of carriers or discuss permit and escort requirements for particular shipments. The following links provide general guidelines for oversize permits and escorts for heavy haul shipping by state/province. State regulations are subject to change; If you find inaccurate information, please let us know, and we will update the page accordingly.