Arkansas Oversize/Overweight Permits

Arkansas Oversize/Overweight permit Permit Types

1. Single-Trip Permit

Call(888) 799-8858 for Arkansas oversize/overweight permits.

Valid for 4 days.

  • 57-Foot Trailer
  • Dirt Pan(s) in Tow – Insurance is required.
  • Farm Machinery/Equipment Dealer – Maximum 12′ width.
  • House/Structure Moving – Insurance is required.
  • Manufactured Home – Insurance is required.
  • Movement of Vehicles of Special Design
  • Movement on Weight Restricted Roads
  • Multi-State (SASHTO)
  • Oversize Hay Movement
  • Oversize/Overweight
  • Overweight Livestock Feed – Maximum 85,000 lbs.
  • Sealed Containerized Cargo – Maximum 90,000 lbs.
  • Towing and Recovery of Disabled Vehicles

2. Multiple-Trip Permit

  • 6-Day Permit – This allows you to travel on all State, US, and Interstate Highways. Maximum permits extend to 2 adjacent counties.

3. Annual Permits

  • 57-Foot Trailer
  • Farm Machinery/Equipment Dealer
  • Limited Permit for Cross Ties – Max 85,000 lbs.; can travel on all State and US Highways within 100 miles of the base origin. Not valid on interstates.
  • Overlength Crane over 35 Mile Radius – Can travel 35+ miles from the origin All-State, US, and Interstate Highways.
  • Overweight Livestock Feed – Max 85,000 lbs. State Highways only. Travel is not allowed on Interstate Highways, weight-restricted highways, or posted bridges.
  • Sealed Containerized Cargo – Max 90,000 lbs., vehicle-specific. Must travel on the same route.
  • Specific Cargo – Max 10’8″ width.
  • Towing and Recovery of Disabled Vehicles – Valid for all State and Interstate Highways. This permit authorizes the movement of a combination of vehicles to exceed the maximum size and weight limits imposed by law. A towing and recovery license is required.
  • Water Well Overlength Vehicle over 35 Mile Radius – All-State, US, and Interstate Highways.

Drivers with the proper permits should operate during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset for Arkansas), seven days a week. Continuous travel may be allowed for overweight-only loads under 108,000 lbs. Loads no longer than 90’ long (as long as other dimensions are legal) may travel continuously.


Permits may be issued for the movement of overdimensional loads on Arkansas highways on Saturday and Sunday. This does not apply to holiday weekends. Mobile homes cannot travel on Sundays.


Width 8’6″ (8’ for manufactured homes)
Height 14’
Length 53’6″ trailer & load. Determined by trailer length as required by law.
Weight: 80,000 lbs Gross weight
  • Single – 20,000 lbs.
  • Tandem – 34,000 lbs.
  • Tridem – 54,000 lbs.
  • Steer Axle – 12,000 to 20,000 lbs. Arkansas asks for the manufacturer’s front axle weight rating, which you are not allowed to exceed.
  • Tandem Steer/Front Axle – 24,000 lbs.
  • Up to 53’6″ trailer/load is allowed without a permit.
  • 60’ poles, pipes, machinery, steel beams, or other objects of a structural nature do not require a permit for daylight travel for up to 90’ overall length.
  • Night travel requires a permit.

If long beams are on a stretch trailer and do not extend beyond the rear of the trailer, then a permit is required.

You can also obtain any trip and fuel permits you may need with our sister site!

Routine Permit Limits

Length No limits are set for the permit.
Height 17’ (Over 16’ must obtain special approval, and are not allowed on Interstates. Utility personnel must accompany loads over 17’.)
Width 18’ (20’ on some non-Interstate routes)
  • Single – 20,000 lbs.
  • Tandem – 46,000 lbs.
  • Tridem – 60,000 lbs.
  • Quad – 68,000 lbs.
Note Over 14’ wide or over 15’ high are looked at on a case-by-case basis to determine if a route survey is required.

*Any load that exceeds these dimensions is considered a superload.

Escorts/Pilots Requirements

On 2 – Lane Highways

Width over 12′ 1 escort
Width over 14′ 2 escorts
Length over 100′ 1 escort
Length over 130′ 2 escorts
Height over 15′ 1 escort
Combination: over 12′ wide and 13’6″ high 2 (front with high pole and rear)



Escorts/ Pilots

On 4-Lane Highways or Interstate Highways

Width over 14′ 1 escort
Width over 16′ 2 escorts
Larger loads Police escorts will look at the loads on a case-by-case basis
Height over 15′ 1 escort
Combination: over 12′ wide and 15′ high 2 (front with high pole and rear)



  • “Oversize Load” signs are needed on all loads that exceed legal height, length, or width limits.
  • Red flags (18″ square) are required on rear corners on all loads that exceed legal width, height, or length limits.
  • There are no sign or flag rules for overweight-only loads.


Movement is not allowed during inclement weather when climate conditions make the movement unsafe. Secondary highways are restricted to 40 mph and may be posted for a lesser weight. No oversize movement through the greater Little Rock area from 7:00-9:00 A.M. and 4:00-6:00 P.M. on Interstate 30-M.M. 137-143, Interstate 40-M.M. 151-155, and all of Interstate 630. Also, no overwidth vehicle shall follow within 1,000 feet of another overwidth vehicle.