We Do Oversize Loads

The Federal Government does not issue oversize / overweight permits, that is the job of the state where a haul that is oversize or overweight moves through their jurisdiction.  Each state that the load moves through are the ones that the carrier must contact to be issued any and all permits to legally move through that state.

Oversize load shipping can be complex and difficult for many shipping customers to handle, however we’re here to make your life easier and save you lots of time and money.

Due to our more than 20 years experience in transportation, when you choose Finding Trucks for your oversize load trucking service you can be sure that your freight will be handled with care. Your trucking service will be completed in a professional and timely manner.

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California DOT Legal Load Size & Weight Limitations:

Length: The maximum length is 53′ overall as long as it has two axles.
Width: 8′ 6″ is the maximum width allowed to travel on any road in the state of California.
Height: 14′ in the maximum legal height allowed to travel in the state of California.
– 80,000 lbs GVW. (Gross Vehicle Weight)
– 20,000 lbs maximum weight on any single axle.
– 34,000 lbs on tandem axles is the maximum weight allowed in most states without a permit.
Overhang:  3′ of front overhang allowed. Rear overhang is 6′ in most states but can for sure be no more than 1/3 of the total item being shipped.

Oversize and Overweight Trucking Permits that are Routinely Issued by California DOT:

Escort:  Pilot cars needed.
Length: 135′ is the maximum length on a routine oversize trucking permit that is issued.
Width: 15′ wide is the maximum width issued by a routine oversize trucking permit in California.
Height: Under 17′ as anything over that height is required to have a route survey. If your route happened to be a well documented route you might be able to get away with not having to do the route survey, but it’s not likely.
– Steering axle: 12,500 lbs.
– Single axle: 20,000 lbs.
– Tandem axles: 46,000 lbs.
– Tridum axles: 60,000 lbs.
– Quad axles: 60,000 lbs (a quad setup is recognized by California state shipping regulations and the DOT as a weight reducer).
– 5 axles: 112,500 lbs.
– 6 axles: 117,450 lbs.
– 7 axles: 158,000 lbs.
– 8 axles: 181,300.

Notes: The distance between axles is measured to the nearest whole foot. When a portion is six inches you round up to the nearest foot. ie: 8′ 6″ = 9′. Two consecutive sets of tandem axles can have a maximum weight of 34,000 lbs on each one but only if the distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is greater than at least 36′.

The gross weight of each set of tandem axles must not be more than 34,000 lbs and the gross weight of the two consecutive sets of tandem axles is not over 68,000 lbs. There is a lot to be said and read about what the California state shipping regulations and the DOT consider legal weights as far as axle groups and spacings are required.

California DOT Superload Information:

Escort:  Pilot car & Police escort needed. 
If you are over 135′ in length overall you are more than likely going to be classified as a superload in California.
Width: Depending out routing and the number of lanes available on the route, but 15′ in some areas would qualify you. Over 17′ in width and you will more than likely be categorized as a superload.
Height: Anything over 16′ will require a route survey. If 17′ in height or over you are more than likely a superload. If load 20′ or higher click here for the California DOT (Caltrans) .pdf booklet.
Weight: Weight is a huge issue. We recommend referring to the DOT Weight Charts – Click: “orange“, “green” and “purple
Overhang: California is NOT going to let you break the rule of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of overall length can overhang).
Notes: Here are some maps for superloads (California calls them “Extralegal”) If you need to hire an expert to take care of your oversize shipping needs we are happy to assist you.

Permitted Travel Times & Restrictions.
Caltrans permitted travel times and restrictions:

  • No travel from 6 AM until 9 AM in/around Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento & San Francisco.
  • No travel from 3 PM until 6 PM in the same areas with a 1 hour variance.

Notes: Keep in mind these are basic rules as of April 2013 intended to help you calculate requirements. California state shipping regulations has too many variations of policies, routes and regions to list anywhere but the state library. Always refer to your permit before traveling.

California DOT (Caltrans) Contact Information and other Helpful Links:

Northern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
PO Box 942874, room 4105
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone help line:
Fax line:
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM

Southern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
464 West 4th Street, MS 618
San Bernadino, CA  92401
Telephone help line:
Fax line:
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM