Florida Oversize/Overweight Permits
1. Single-Trip Oversize/Overweight Permit – Valid for 10 days, Max dims: 16′ wide, 18′ high, 150′ long, 200,000 lbs.
2. Blanket Permit – This permit is valid for 1 year and for an unlimited number of trips. It cannot be printed and must be mailed. This permit is transferable to another matching vehicle; however, it must be the original document (copies are not allowed). This permit requires review by the Department of Transportation. Max dims: 14’ wide, 18’ high, 150’ long, 200,000 lbs.
3. Route-Specific Blanket Permit – This permit is valid for 3 months for an unlimited number of trips on a specific route. This permit cannot be printed and must be mailed. The permit is not transferable to another vehicle, and the original document must be on board (copies are not allowed). This permit requires review by the Department of Transportation.
4. Vehicle-Specific Blanket Permit – This permit is valid for 1 year for an unlimited number of trips for a specific vehicle. This permit is specific to the VIN on the power unit only (do not provide any other VIN). This permit can be printed immediately or presented electronically if the vehicle/load does not exceed the following dimensions: 14’ wide, 18’ high, 150’ long, 200,000 lbs.
If the load is 10’ wide or less, under the legal trailer length limit, and under 14’6″ tall, it may operate from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. On Saturday and Sunday, vehicles over 10’ wide but no wider than 14’ and no taller than 16’ are permitted to travel until 12:00 noon. Overweight-only loads can usually run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
|Width||8’6″ (8’ on some non-designated routes)|
|Weight||80,000 lbs. of gross weight
|Overhang||3’ front and 3’ rear|
|Height||16’ *A written route survey is required for heights over 15’ (or over 14’6″ on some 2-lane routes)|
|Weight||Depends on axle spacing
|Overhang||No set limit|
|Width over 12′ up to 14′||1 escort (over 12’ may require 2 escorts on some 2-lane highways)|
|Width over 14′||2 escorts|
|Width over 15′||May require state police escorts|
|Overhang||Rear overhang up to 20′ past center of the last axle or dolly may require an escort|
|Length over 95′||1 rear escort|
|Height over 14’6||1 escort|
|Height over 16′||2 escorts (15’ tall and over requires a route survey)|
SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS
Flags are required on over width, over height, and over length loads, and with a 3′ front or 4′ rear overhang. “Oversize Load” signs are required on all loads exceeding 10′ wide. The same rules apply to loads over the legal length or over 14′ tall. Loads wider than 10′ or with a rear overhang of more than 4 feet require a tractor with a 360-degree amber warning light. If the load’s width is over 12′, the height is over 14’6, or the length is 85′ or longer, it requires two 360-degree amber warning lights, one on the tractor and one at the rear of the load.
Vehicles over 12’ wide must travel between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. from Tavernier South to Key West.
No movement is allowed from 7:00-9:00 a.m. to 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Hillsboro County and Dade County.
Movement is prohibited at any time when visibility is impaired due to smoke, fog, rain, or when visibility is less than 1,000’. When traffic behind a load reaches seven cars, the permitted load must yield the right-of-way to allow the vehicles to pass at the nearest accessible location.
Florida Holiday Travel Restrictions
No movement is allowed on the following dates for loads exceeding 14’6″ high, 80’ long, and/or 10’ wide in observation of the listed holidays in the State of Florida in accordance with F.A.C. 14-26 as follows:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
If one of these holidays falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is also observed as a holiday. If one of these holidays falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is also observed as a holiday. In addition, the Florida Permit Office will be closed on the following holidays (these dates are not subject to the above travel restrictions):
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Veteran’s Day