State Oversize Permits & Escorts Information


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Maine DOT Phone Number: (207) 624-9000 x52134

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PERMITS: Maine oversize permits are valid for seven days. Must have permit prior to entering the state.

OPERATING TIME: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, seven days a week except no travel on weekends in the months of July and August.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: Lewiston and Augusta, travel prohibited during inclement weather and during rush hour periods of 7:00 am – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. A local permit is required to travel through Augusta. No travel on major holidays or some holiday weekends.

Maine Turnpike loads limited to 13′-6″ high, 14′-6″ wide. Daylight travel only, Monday through Friday until noon. Oversize loads may not travel on the Turnpike on Friday afternoons, Saturday or Sunday. Toll/permit is $10 for over width or over 70′ long, paid at the gate. The Turnpike part of route is included on Maine O/D permit, but the $10 fee is paid by the driver at the gate. Turnpike telephone: (207) 871-7771.

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Length: 53′ semi-trailer and 74′ overall length on Interstate and designated highways; 48′ trailer and 69′ overall length on other highways. “The maximum legal length of vehicles and loads traveling more than 1 mile beyond the National Network is 74′.”

Overhang: 74′ overall length maximum

Width: 8′-6″

Height: 13′-6 (Load may exceed by 6″, for a legal loaded height of 14″, as long as load is not reducible and not traveling on Maine Turnpike.)

Weight: 80,000 Gross

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

Length: 125′

Width: 16′

Height: 16′


  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 52,000
  • Tridem – 75,000
  • Quad – 100,000

Tractor must be registered for 90,000 pounds to permit for overweight up to 90,000, or register for 100,000 maximum to permit over 90,000.

Loads exceeding these dimensions are treated as superloads.



  • At 80′ or over – one escort
  • Over 125′ – police escort


  • Over 12′ (or over 11′-11″ on two-lane highway) – one escort
  • Over 16′ – police escort may be required.

Height: Pilot car or police escort may be required for “extreme” heights.

MISCELLANEOUS: Construction equipment can have blade or bucket attached. If removed, it must be on a separate

SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS: “Oversize Load” signs and flags required for all over width and over length permit loads. Signs should be mounted at front bumper and at rear of load. Flags (18″ x 18″) should be mounted at corners of load and widest extremities. Over 4′ rear overhang must be flagged (two flags if overhang is more than 2′ wide). Run with headlights on low beam (not required if overweight only), and flashing, rotating amber light or light bar on top of cab. Movement when not oversized requires that load signs be removed or covered and that amber beacon lights be extinguished.

All over-dimension moves require headlights on low beam, and flashing, rotary or amber lights on top of cab.

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.