SC&RA OS/OW Permit Alerts

- SC&RA Members:

How COVID-19 is Affecting OS/OW Permitting Across States & Provinces

SC&RA is working diligently to keep members updated on the changes to oversize/overweight permitting that is being affected by the global pandemic. Members can access the latest update for each state and the Federal Department of Transportation, as well as Canadian Province Ministry of Transportation, regarding issuance of oversize/overweight permits and other pertinent information for the specialized transportation industry on SC&RA’s homepage. Check back frequently for updates over the next several days. Additional information including state permit office contact info, website links, etc. can be found on SC&RA’s Comprehensive Permit Manual. If you’re not a subscriber, you may subscribe here. For more information, contact Steven Todd.

UPDATE 05/13/2020
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced they are extending their Emergency Declaration for regulations, including Hours of Service, until June 14, 2020.  The declaration provides regulatory relief for carriers assisting in emergency relief/resupply efforts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Click here to read the full declaration.



FMCSA Hours of Service exemption for truck drivers delivering goods in support of the COVID-19 relief/resupply efforts has been extended to May 15

Click here for the FMCSA Emergency Declaration.

Click here for Expanded FMCSA FAQs for SDLAs and CDL Drivers 04132020

Click here for FMCSA's Expanded Emergency Declaration.

As well, information is available from IRP Inc.  IRP, Inc. emails and posts notifications from jurisdictions about jurisdiction-specific changes and updates in processes and guidelines.   Notifications are emailed to jurisdictional and affiliate members as a membership benefit. Learn more about becoming an IRP affiliate member.

AALA is providing updated status on state DMVs here.

Special thanks to SC&RA member Permit Service Bureaus for their extraordinary, selfless assistance feeding us many of these ongoing updates…Please show them your appreciation:

Comdata – Gladys Work
Nova Permits/Pit Row Group/ProMiles – Louis Juneau, Chris Alain, Michael Morgan, Tony Stroncheck
Permit America – Mary Simpson
T-Chek - EFS – Bob Terneus, Todd Huotari
WCS Permits – Wes Mollno, Becky Woods
West Chester Permit – Scott Boehm

Below is a listing of each state’s, Federal DOT’s and Canada's latest update regarding issuance of oversize/overweight permits and other pertinent information for the specialized transportation industry.

CVSA Coronavirus Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some commercial motor vehicle regulations in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. were temporarily relaxed to reduce restrictions that may limit motor carriers from promptly providing much-needed products and services to assist with emergency relief efforts. Subsequently, many states, provinces and territories issued a variety of emergency measures specific to their jurisdictions. With numerous temporary actions in place, there was a need for a central repository containing active emergency declaration information.
 
To address this need, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) obtained High Priority Grant funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and partnered with Seikosoft, a contracted software company, to develop an online repository for current emergency declarations, waivers, amendments, extensions, exemptions, executive orders, etc., that the commercial motor vehicle enforcement community and the motor carrier industry may reference at any time.
 
Each jurisdiction (and some relevant agencies and organizations) is responsible for updating its emergency declaration information through the secure online portal, ensuring the information contained on the website is timely and accurate. At roadside, officers or inspectors can quickly verify a declaration internationally, nationally, or at a state, provincial or territorial level by visiting CVSA’s new webpage. The public may also view emergency declaration information at any time. The information on the website is unrestricted and open to everyone. In addition, motor carriers and drivers can download and print documents from the website to carry with them in the truck.
 
Going forward, through this website, law enforcement officials, inspectors, industry and the public will have a permanent, reliable “one-stop shop” for emergency information, resulting in improved movement of critical relief supplies during national, regional and local emergencies.
 
The Alliance’s goal in creating this website was to support commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement personnel, the greater law enforcement community, the motor carrier industry and professional drivers during emergencies – ranging from a seasonal weather event to something as unique as the current unprecedented pandemic.

Click here


VERY LATEST STATE/PROVINCE UPDATES

Most Recent Updates

June 1, 2020

Illinois

May 29, 2020

Illinois

May 14, 2020

Illinois

May 11, 2020

Pennsylvania

May 8, 2020

New Mexico
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Alabama   (Last Update 03/16/2020 9:30a)
At this time there is no change to ordinary operating procedures. If the Director decides tomorrow to let people work from home we should see no changes in the day to day operations as we can forward all calls and since our system is web-based we can continue to issue permits in a timely manner.
If at any time this changes I will let you know as soon as possible.

Alaska   (Last Update 03/17/2020 7:45a)
Alaska is preparing the permits office for limited telecommuting. The permits office will operate as normal and through telecommuting for phone, email, and fax requests.

Arizona   (Last Update 03/16/2020 10:30a)
Business as usual in Arizona. If anything changes we’re ready to go remote and permits will still be available.

  • If ADOT employees are required to telecommute; remote access has already been set up for employees to access their email and computer drives. ADOT EPRO is web based, our employees can issue permits from anywhere, and will continue to do so during normal business hours.
  • There will be no change to how permits are issued online. If offices are required to be closed, they will only be closed on command of the Director/Governor. At that time, walk up permits would not be available; online services would still be available for auto issued and permits that require ADOT review prior to issuing.
  • No news at this time to share and no change in operations or communication at this time. If we close Ports or walk up offices, the information would be available at www.azdot.gov and by clicking the Commercial Permits button on the same page, which brings you to EPRO; where information would also be posted.

Arkansas   (Last Update 03/16/2020 10:30a)
Arkansas is doing business as usual.  We will provide updates if changes occur.

California  (Last Update 03/19/2020 1:15p)
Effective 3/19/20 CA remains open for all oversized permits. Staff is practicing social distancing and has move a portion of the staff home where they will continue assisting office staff in Permit issuance.

Colorado   (Last Update 03/19/2020 11:30a)
3/19/2020: IMPORTANT CHANGE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Due to the recent Presidential Declaration of Emergency, Colorado may now issue Emergency Response Overweight Divisible Single Trip permits for vehicles hauling divisible loads providing relief supplies to affected areas. This permit allows up to 97,000 pounds GVW hauling essential emergency goods (i.e. groceries, medical supplies, etc.) and will be valid through 3/31/2020 subject to change upon notification. Travel will be allowed on both secondary highways and the interstate but will be routed according to bridge weight limits and construction restrictions. Loads must meet all legal size dimensions as well. For information regarding legal dimensions in Colorado please visit the following link: https://www.codot.gov/business/permits/truckpermits/documents/lcvfyis.pdf/view

Colorado is fully staffed in the permit office. As necessary, all permit techs have access remotely to phone and emails. OSOW permits will only be processed online. Colorado will follow Map-21 guidance and issue permits for divisible overweight loads on the interstate that are supporting the emergency response. Please contact dot_cdot_permits@state.co.us with any questions.

Connecticut   (Last Update 03/16/2020 10:00a)
There have been no disruptions to OS/OW permitting in CT.  We are discussing plans to allow staff to telework and continue to issue permits.  If all staff end up teleworking, we may not be able to answer calls, so inbound communication to the office will be via email to our office inbox.  Any updates or changes will be posted on our CT-Connect bulletin. 

Delaware  (Last Update 03/17/2020 9:00a)
A waiver has been issued for the movement of divisible relief supplies up to 100K pounds. Overweight deliveries within Delaware must be providing direct emergency relief as part of the COVID-19 efforts. This waiver will not authorize movement on Federal highways. Please see Load Code 22 to obtain the State of Delaware, Relief Supplies Emergency Permit, for operation on federally maintained highways.
Delaware-emergency-Permit-Guide.pdf

Florida   (Last Update 03/16/2020 9:30a)
Florida’s operations are business as usual at this time however, we have issued an Emergency Road Use Permit Letter to relax the size and weight requirements for vehicles transporting emergency response equipment and supplies (all of the information is posted on our website at https://www.fdot.gov/maintenance/owodpermits.shtm). The Office of Maintenance and the Permit Office are currently in the process of developing a plan in the event that there are office closures. If there are office closures, we anticipate that we would temporarily suspend our walk-in customer services, staff would have the resources needed to work remotely and self-permit issuance/auto-issuance would not be affected.

Georgia   (Last Update 03/18/2020 4:30p)
Beginning Monday, March 23 GAPROS Office will be closed until further notice We will be working from home and have limited phone access, if you need to order a permit please e-mail (gapermits@promiles.com) do not send with CC information, or FAX (575-353-7732)

We will be live on Chat to answer any questions you may have. As always you can self-issue your permits.  There is no one to post escrow payments from this week until April 3, 2020.  The state has been shut down since Monday, March 16,2020.

All permit requests and payments should be made as usual through the GAPROS system (https://gapros.dot.ga.gov/) on-line or by phone (844-837-5500). All processing of permits will be completed, remembering over 80% are auto issued. The remaining will be processed by the permit staff as usual who are working remotely. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hawaii  (No Update)

Idaho   (Last Update 03/23/2020 6:00p)
Due to the current health situation, the permit unit will have a limited number of staff answering the phones as of Monday 23, 2020. Please use the permit website to order and pay for your permits. You can also communicate with the permit staff by using the Chat or callback functions on the website. Another means of contacting the permit unit is emailing all questions or requests to permits@itd.idaho.gov .

Illinois   (Last Update 06/1/2020 9:15p)
The Illinois Department of Transportation has informed the Illinois Trucking Association that they are extending their Emergency Authorization for 90,000-lbs/12% extra weight for trucks involved in the relief/resupply efforts for COVID-19.  The declaration had previously expired last Friday.

Click here to download the waiver.

Drivers must carry a copy of the authorization along with the latest FMCSA Emergency Declaration and a current bill of lading.  The new IDOT authorization expires on June 28.  

If you have additional questions, please contact ITA Safety Director, Linda Blisset, at linda@iltrucking.org

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The emergency oversize and overweight waiver that has been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire today, close of business, May 29, 2020.

 
In response to the Presidential Declaration of Emergency for the nation and the Governor of Illinois’ Declaration of the Public Health Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, IDOT’s acting Secretary Omer Osman issued a waiver to assist with the movement of emergency response/relief items as defined in the Presidential Declaration.  

To read the full notification click here.

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In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-33 which extends previous COVID 19 executive orders through May 29, 2020, attached is the update authorization with the extended date of May 29, 2020.

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Please be advised. The Illinois State Police will be available to escort permit loads beginning Tuesday 4/7/2020. If your permit requires ISP, the contact information will be on the issued permit. As a reminder, ISP requires 24 hour advance notice to schedule the escorts. Thank you for your patience and understanding, The Illinois Permit Office.

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Please see attached updated Authorization signed by the Acting Secretary.
This increases the limit to 90,000 pounds on 5 axles or 12% above legal loads on fewer axles.  It also extends the expiration date to April 30, 2020.

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Upon request and availability by district, IDOT replacing Illinois State Police escort with 2 additional private escorts (5 max) and or local law enforcement.

Due to emergency response needs, ISP will not be available for ISP escorts.  Emergency supply needs will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

The Illinois Department of Transportation Permit staff will be responding to all functions remotely.  If you have questions please e-mail dot.permitoffice@illinois.gov or call 217-785-1477 extension 1 for information regarding OSOW permits or ITAP logons or extension 2 for information regarding financial accounts or payments.

You can also contact the permit office at dot.permitoffice@Illinois.gov .See attachments below:
Order-for-IDOT-Permits-March-2020.pdf
Waiver-COVID19-March162020.pdf

Indiana   (Last Update 03/31/2020 12:45p)
Effective today, and in support of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a public health disaster emergency in Indiana due to COVID-19, Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Bob Grennes has waived several Motor Carrier Services (MCS) requirements until May 22, 2020.

The waivers affect:
  • Out-of-state motor carriers who are delivering COVID-19 supplies do not need to obtain trip permits or register with the International Registration Plan (IRP) or the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) before entering Indiana. Upon request, drivers must be able to prove they are hauling food, goods, medical supplies, other equipment and supplies to address the public health threat posed by COVID-19. This waiver will expire on May 22, 2020.
  • IRP or Base Plate registrations (BPR) expiring on March 31, 2020, or April 30, 2020, will not expire until May 31, 2020. Also, an Indiana-based IRP or BPR registrant may delay a registration renewal and/or payment for registrations effective May 1, 2020, until May 31, 2020.
  • Any delayed IRP renewal registrations and/or payments must have an effective renewed IRP registration submitted to DOR by June 1, 2020.
  • Indiana-based IFTA licensees that file quarterly motor carrier fuel tax returns may delay the first quarter’s return (ordinarily due April 30, 2020) to May 31, 2020. Also, following IFTA’s recommendation, DOR waives the requirements to display or possess IFTA credentials until May 22, 2020.

Full details are available here or on DOR’s Motor Carrier Services webpage,

Although DOR in-person customer service is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our MCS customer service team continues to provide support by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST.

To find contact information for specific MCS sections, refer to the contact information listed online


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Due to the current COVID-19 virus, Indiana State Police Superload office personnel will be conducting business remotely until further notice, effective immediately.

  • All requests for Superload escorts shall be e-mailed to cvedsuperloads@isp.in.gov.  Please include office and cell phone contact numbers so any issues that may require additional information can be addressed.  Confirmation of Superload requests, Superload Escort Agreement numbers and confirmation that loads have been staffed and setup will be done via email.   
  • Superload office hours will remain 0800-430EST, M-F.  Any email requests for Superloads received before or after those hours will be processed the next business day.
Superload office personnel can be reached at the following numbers in case of emergency during business hours:  

Arlene Sandusky DePugh   
(317) 694-6990
(765) 592-2047 (Preferred Method)

Brad Scully
(317) 402-9195
(765) 592-0121 (Preferred Method)

Superload Office Email Address:  cvedsuperloads@isp.in.gov

Please be patient as this is a trying time for all and we will work through this as smoothly as possible.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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Governor Holcomb directed March 16 that state employees maximize the use of remote work. Please be prepared for permits to take a bit longer than usual for the next couple of days.  Please use email for questions and concerns as much as possible so that we can most efficiently respond:

DOR Temporarily Suspends In-Person Services
In concert with Governor Eric Holcomb’s guidance and with the utmost concern for the health and safety of Hoosiers and DOR employees, all Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) in-person customer services will be temporarily suspended beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This includes:

  • Indianapolis Government Center North walk-in, located at 100 N. Senate Ave in Indianapolis.
  • Motor Carrier Services walk-in, located at 7811 Milhouse Rd, Suite M in Indianapolis.
  • DOR District Office walk-in locations in Bloomington, Clarksville, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Lafayette, Merrillville, Muncie, South Bend and Terre Haute.
DOR team members are continuing to provide customer service by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., local time. Customers have the following service options:

  • Call DOR’s individual customer service line at 317-232-2240.
  • Call a specific District Office—contact information can be found on DOR’s website at dor.in.gov/3390.htm.
  • Call DOR’s Motor Carrier Services at 317-615-7200.
  • Contact a specific DOR business unit using a list of phone numbers and email addresses available at dor.in.gov/3325.htm.
  • Email DOR using the online form at dor.in.gov/3392.htm.
Additionally, customers can visit DOR's website at dor.in.gov/4331.htm to take advantage of online services available.
DOR continues to monitor the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding possible changes to filing and payment due dates, and is prepared to follow suit. Those decisions will be shared as soon as they are made.

Any changes to this guidance, additional modifications to normal operations or changes to tax filing and payment deadlines will be posted on DOR’s website, as well as DOR’s social media accounts.

DOR advises all customers to follow the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Their websites contain extremely valuable information and guidance.

Iowa   (Last Update 03/21/2020 10:30a)
Relevant portions from Gov. Reynolds' proclamation of a state of public health disaster emergency:

CRITICAL TRUCKING OPERATIONS

SECTION FOURTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321.463 (6) (a) and (b) and 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511, to the extent that those provisions restrict the movement of oversize and overweight loads of vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies), or any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects and require a permit to transport such loads.

  • A. Suspension of these provisions applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code 321.463 (6) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.
  • B. This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.

SECTION FIFTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6) and 49 CFR 390.23, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321.449 pertaining to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles, while transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies) any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects subject to the following condition:

  • A. Nothing contained in this Proclamation shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 382, the commercial drivers’ license requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 383, the financial responsibility requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 387, or any other portion of the Code of Federal Regulations not specifically identified in this Proclamation.
  • B. No motor carrier operating under the terms of this agreement shall require or allow a fatigued or ill driver to operate a motor vehicle. A driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to service.
  • C. Upon the request of a driver, a commercial motor carrier operating under this proclamation must give the driver at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off when the driver has been on duty for more than seventy (70) hours during any eight (8) consecutive days.
  • D. Motor carriers that have an out-of-service order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulations that this proclamation provides under title 49 CFR 390.23.
  • E. Upon the expiration of this Proclamation, or when a driver has been relieved of all duty and responsibility to transport necessary medical assets under the conditions of this Proclamation, a driver who has had at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off duty shall be permitted to start the driver’s on-duty status hours with the 60/70 hour clock at zero.
  • F. This portion of this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency applies only to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles while actively transporting the items identified in this section for the duration of this proclamation related to the COVID-19 event.

SECTION SIXTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321.463(3), 321E.2, 321E.8, and 321E.9 that limit issuance of permits for oversize or overweight loads to loads which are indivisible, to allow annual permits issued under Iowa Code 321E.8 and single-trip permits issued under 321E.9 to be issued for loads which are divisible and related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. I further waive for vehicle and loads, whether divisible or indivisible, the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321E.12 that require the vehicle traveling under a permit to be registered for the gross weight of the vehicle and load and the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321E.14 that require the payment of a fee for a permit issued for a vehicle and load related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. The provisions of this paragraph apply only when the movement of the vehicle and load is related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. The movement of any vehicle or load under this paragraph must comply with all other requirements of Chapter 321E of the Iowa Code and of the permit issued, other than as suspended in this proclamation. The provisions of this paragraph relating to the permitting and movement of divisible loads authorize the movement of such loads on all highways of this state, excluding the interstate system.

SECTION SEVENTEEN. The Iowa Department of Transportation is hereby directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of trucks involved in transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies).
STATE AGENCY OPERATIONS

SECTION EIGHTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 8A.413(12) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 11-57.4 and 11-57.7 that limit the number of hours per fiscal year for temporary employees in state agencies, and the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 20.4(5) to the extent it limits the period of time a temporary employee may work in state agencies as an excluded public employee.

SECTION NINETEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters 8A and 8B, Iowa Code 313.10, Iowa Admin. Code Chapters 11-117, 11-118, 129-10, 641-176, requiring the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state agencies involved in the response to this disaster emergency to procure goods and services through a competitive selection process or to otherwise follow, adhere to, or obtain other procurement-related processes, procedures, approvals, or limitations. Suspension of these provisions is limited to the duration of this proclamation and is further limited to procurements which are necessary to prevent, contain, or mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus, facilitate telework by state employees, and mitigate and respond to increased cyber-attacks and threats.
IMPLEMENTATION AND INTERPRETATION

SECTION TWENTY. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Transportation and other participating state agencies are hereby directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public's health and safety.

SECTION TWENTY-ONE. Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified in this proclamation.
This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately on March 19, 2020, and shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me.

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During the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency for COVID-19, the Iowa DOT continues to offer services at the in-person counter in Ankeny. However, we are asking customers to schedule appointments so that we can minimize interaction among waiting customers and between customers and staff. Additionally, Iowa DOT staff will be asking some health screening questions at the entrance to the building before you are allowed to enter.

Please visit https://smsqmatic.iowadot.gov/naoa/ to make appointments for the following Motor Carrier Service items:

  • IRP
  • IFTA
  • Intrastate Travel Authority
  • Prorate Titles
  • OS/OW Permits
We will also have a secure drop box to receive the above-mentioned items and the following applications that do not require immediate attention. Items will be date stamped on the day they are dropped off and credit will be given with respect to due dates for the day items are dropped off.
Iowa DOT staff continue to answer questions and process applications received online, through US Mail, email, and fax:

https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers

Iowa Department of Transportation
Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services Bureau
PO Box 10382
Des Moines, IA 50306-10382
515-237-3268

omcs@iowadot.us

Our permit system is web-based and accessible remotely. 100% of OS/OW permit transactions can be completed electronically at https://iowa.gotpermits.com

Kansas   (Last Update 03/19/2020 9:00a)
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, The permitting office will be completing all work remotely for at least two weeks.  www-k-trips.com will still be available 24/7 to apply for all permits.  Because staff will be working from home, call-ins will not be available, however, live chat with the Central Permitting Office and notes within the permit applications are options for assistance.

If state offices are closed, K-TRIPS will have a note placed on the dashboard stating such, but that we will also be reviewing permits while closed. There is a chat option available through K-TRIPS for assistance if no one is working from the office.

Currently, we do not see a change needed from industry other than patience as our staff will be reduced significantly if we are required to stay home from work. However, the essential staff will work diligently to complete permit requests.

Kentucky   (Last Update 04/03/2020 2:30p)
Due to circumstances beyond our control,  The Division of Motor Carriers has temporarily vacated the Transportation Cabinet building. We have staff working remote from home.  We ask your patience during this time and recommend using e-mail as your primary means of communication.  For KSP we have the dedicated e-mail box: KYTCCVEHOTMAIL@KY.GOV that can be utilized for questions or concerns.  Please direct customers to our website (www.drive.ky.gov) and locate the specific credential they have questions on, then locate that specific e-mail box and submit their questions. There will be limited staff returning calls, but the quickest response will come from utilizing the e-mails designated to each specific area.  
 
We will continue to make every attempt to provide the same level of customer service with as little interruption as possible. We will also continue to participate in telecommuting via conference calls.

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Effective at 5pm (EST) Tuesday, March 17, the Kentucky Governor has mandated all state offices closed to walk-in customers until further notice.

Kentucky Emergency Declaration 90 Day Extension of Operator's Licenses Expiration Dates and Registration Deadlines

The Cabinet Secretary (as well as the Feds) have issued emergency declarations which are posted to our website (drive.ky.gov).  There are exemptions for OW/OD loads only if they are hauling for relief efforts and if doing so, they are required to have a copy of the declaration in the vehicle with them.  Kentucky’s permits (trip and annual) are all available on line, as are the bulk of our services. We are recommending that individuals utilize our on-line services and reframe from coming into our One Stop  Shop.

You’ll always find any executive orders regarding our customer base, posted to our website (drive.ky.gov).  The permit exemption only applies to those providing relief efforts.  We don’t foresee this applying to any OW/OD carriers.  Basically, supplies are not something that would ever require an OW/OD permit anyway.  If they are participating in the relief efforts, they are required to carry a copy of the executive order in the vehicle with them.  It doesn’t exempt them from axle restrictions on divisible loads.  Basically it’s for hours of service, IRP registration and having to stop in a weigh station for anyone involved in the movement of relief efforts.

Louisiana
  Last Update 03/30/2020 10:30a)
Effective immediately our office hours will be 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.

All permit requests and payments should be made on-line or by phone. All processing of permits will be completed, as approximately 80% are auto issued, the remaining will be processed by our permit staff as usual. We also have a staff of 7 that may work remotely if the need arises

Maine   (Last Update 03/18/2020 3:00p)
The Permit Office is currently closed effective 3/17/2020 until further notice to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Most permit requests and payments can be made as usual online through MoveME (https://www.movememaine.com/).  About 80% of our permits are self-issue permits that do not need any staff intervention.  Online requests that need staff intervention will be fielded by a couple of us that are trying to work from home.

Maryland   (Last Update 03/23/2020 6:00p)
POLICE ESCORTS
-Per authority granted by the COVID-19 Executive Order on motor carrier transportation:

Effective immediately the weight requirement for a law enforcement escort will be for loads exceeding 200K pounds.  Width at 16 feet and height at 16 feet will remain in place for now.

BALTIMORE CITY - also exceeding 200k pounds, HEIGHT-leaving the PORT of Baltimore will remain at => 15’H and coming into the PORT with 14’-6” in height will remain in effect for Police escorts required from Baltimore City .

This is to compensate for an anticipated reduced availability of personnel to accompany these loads.  Private escort requirements will remain the same and be reevaluated as necessary.  Loads requiring special maneuvering or otherwise determined by the hauling permit unit that law enforcement is necessary for safety will likewise remain in effect.

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NOTICE – Executive Order - COVID-19 RELIEF- Vehicle Weight Limit Tolerance – Maryland is providing an across the board 15% tolerance to any statutory weight limit for non-divisible loads of relief supplies and equipment.  Divisible load haulers who anticipate exceeding the 15% tolerance must obtain an Emergency Permit through our Maryland One hauling permit system for safety and route analysis.  These measures are applicable statewide on all roadways.   Contact with local authorities regarding restricted roadways under their jurisdiction is likewise required.  Haulers of non-divisible loads shall continue to obtain standard hauling permits as normally required. Any questions or if assistance is needed please email us at  haulingpermits@mdot.maryland.gov

As stated in our message on our main webpage for Commercial Vehicles, in Maryland One Announcements and also emailed to our customer base, due to the COVID-19 we have taken precautionary measures and have our entire staff teleworking at this time. All processing of permits will be completed, as approximately 84% are auto issued, the remaining will be processed by the various jurisdictions and hauling permit staff as usual. As noted, we have asked that payments for permits and accounts be made online, as well as communication by email as much as possible. Some staff members may call in to get messages, although to expedite the response we ask you to use email. Any issues that may arise will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

BALTIMORE CITY - They can call me at 443-984-2150 and our clerk will take a message or try to call me or the can call my city cell 443-835-7743 and my email. We encourage email.

Check our website and Announcements for any updates.

Due to Presidential/Emergency Declarations for div loads we are drafting language to allow 15%

Massachusetts  (Last Update 03/17/2020 11:15a)
EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020, MASSDOT PERMIT OFFICE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING WALK-IN CUSTOMERS.
Due to precautionary measures related to the COVID-19, the MassDOT Permit Office will not be accepting walk-in customers. For the safety of the public and MassDOT employees, all transactions will be conducted online or by USPS sent to 668 South Avenue, Weston, MA 02493. If more information is required, please call the MassDOT Permit Office at 781-431-5148. Thank you for your understanding and patience going forward in the foreseeable future.

Michigan   (Last Update 04/02/2020 11:45a)
from the southern Michigan border north to the Mackinac Bridge. Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of the Mackinac Bridge.

This spring weight restriction update does not alter or affect the direction given in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-12 (COVID-19).

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Effective 6:00 am Monday, March 30th, 2020 weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line north of a line on M-66 from the US-31 intersection in the City of Charlevoix, Charlevoix County then south to the intersection of M-32 in the City of East Jordan then east on M-32 to the intersection of US-23 in the City of Alpena, Alpena County.

This spring weight restriction update does not alter or affect the direction given in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-12 (COVID-19).

Effective March 18, MDOT will not accept cash transactions for eastbound Blue Water Bridge customers

(March 17, 2020)  In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will not be accepting cash payment for private passenger vehicles using the eastbound Blue Water Bridge (BWB) to Canada. All commercial traffic is being asked to pay by prepaid commuter account cards or debit/credit forms of payment. We encourage any commercial travelers who wish to apply for the prepaid commercial account to visit www.federalbridge.ca and complete the application.

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) announced as of 12 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, cash transactions will be suspended at their westbound BWB crossing until further notice for all privately owned vehicles. In accordance with their decision, MDOT's BWB is also encouraging the use of only credit/debit card transactions. Reducing person-to-person contact by moving to cashless transactions will help to reduce the amount of exposure to contagion, as well as reduce contact back to customers if change is being provided.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit http://www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or http://www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

BWB COVID-19 Safety Measures FAQ.docx

  • The majority of our permit staff already telecommute and all of them are equipped to at a moment’s notice. There will be no changes in policy or procedures for industry.
  • Will advise of any additional changes.

Minnesota   (Last Update 04/24/2020 5:00p)
Governor Walz extends relief for those transporting livestock, and provides relief for transporting wood products in composting process of depopulated animals
On Friday, April 24, 2020, Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-44, extending and expanding exemptions for drivers and vehicles transporting livestock and animal carcasses from certain weight restrictions and the hours of service requirements.

Governor Walz also signed Emergency Executive Order 20-45, exempting drivers and vehicles transporting wood products that will be used in the composting process of animals that have been depopulated due to COVID-19 from certain weight restrictions and hours of service requirements.

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Governor Walz extends relief for vehicles and drivers responding to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts

On Thursday, April 17, 2020, Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-37, extending exemptions from certain weight limits and the hours of service requirements for vehicles and drivers that are transporting essential supplies in response to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.
This order also clarifies that a permit is not needed for vehicles operating under this emergency order on state and local roads. Please see the order for full details.

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Governor signs Emergency Executive Orders in response to COVID-19 when transporting livestock, livestock feed or fertilizer


Today, Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-27, providing relief from certain hours of service requirements for drivers and motor carriers transporting livestock feed or fertilizer to assist emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19. Drivers or carriers operating under the order are still subject to daily driving limits. The order does not provide any relief from size or weight limits. Please see the order for full details.

Governor Walz also signed Emergency Executive Order 20-24 on March 27, 2020, which provides exemptions from certain weight limits (including spring load restrictions) and the hours of service requirements for vehicles and drivers that are transporting livestock in response to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. A permit is not needed, but there are specific limitations that still apply, such as gross vehicle weight (90,000 lbs.), axle limits and bridge postings. Please see the order for full details.

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Office closed to walk-in customers
MnDOT’s Central Office, located at 395 John Ireland Blvd. in St. Paul, will no longer be accessible to the public, following Governor Tim Walz’s executive order to stay home.
As a result, our office is closed to walk-in customers. During this time, we encourage you to conduct your regular business with our office online, by email, or by phone.
 
Operating authority or vehicle registrations
Unified Carrier Registration
  • Applications can be filed online at ucr.gov
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Oversize/Overweight Permits
Questions?
Email motorcarrier.dot@state.mn.us, or call 651-366-3700.

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Emergency Executive Order provides relief to motor carriers and drivers responding to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts

Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-06, providing exemptions from certain weight limits (including spring load restrictions) and the hours of service requirements for vehicles and drivers that are transporting essential supplies in response to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.

A permit is not needed for vehicles operating under this emergency order, but there are specific weight limitations that still apply. Please see the order for full details.

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Office Operations during COVD-19

The MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations (OFCVO) plans to continue providing front counter service to our customers at this time.

The health and safety of our customers, the public and our employees is our top priority. We are asking that visitors who may be ill not enter our building.

For now, we encourage you to consider conducting your business with us in a manner that does not require a physical visit to our office by mail, fax or online as much as possible.

The following transactions can be done either online, by email or fax:

  • Operating authority application for Property Carriers – Since no fee is involved, the applications can be submitted via fax to 651-366-3718 or emailed to CredentialsUnit.DOT@state.mn.us.
  • STS initial and renewal applications where no vehicle registration is being done - applications can be submitted via fax to 651-366-3718 or emailed to CredentialsUnit.DOT@state.mn.us.
  • Insurance filing – required insurance filings can be submitted via fax to 651-366-3718 or emailed to CredentialsUnit.DOT@state.mn.us. Your insurance company can also make an electronic filing via MCInfo (the NOR system – National Online Registry).
  • Oversize/Overweight Permits – permits can be obtained through our online app at https://osowpermits.dot.state.mn.us/rbnet/

During this fast-changing situation we encourage you to visit our website for updated information.

OFCVO is working hard to ensure uninterrupted operations during this challenging time. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

For general questions, email motorcarrier.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-215-6330.

For questions regarding oversize/overweight permits, email ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-296-6000.



Currently business as usual.  If permit techs begin working remotely the following conditions are in place:

  • All permit techs have laptops and can process applications remotely.
  • Online system is available 24-7. https://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/index.html .  Now more than ever, we encourage customers to apply online.
  • Techs can grab the applications from the website queue; and can contact the customer if/when additional info is needed.
  • Techs will no longer have access to any incoming faxes. Any documents currently being faxed, we ask that customers scan the documents and email them to ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us
  • If customers have difficulty with the online system (getting in or navigating the system) customers can call 651-296-6000 (if there are issues calling in, customers can email ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us)
  • Minnesota will provide updates on the OSOW website as we work through this crisis.  
  • Minnesota will send blast emails. Customers can sign up for email updates at:  https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDOT/subscriber/new
  • Minnesota will post messages on its Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mndotoversize)
With guidance from state health officials about protecting the health and well-being of Minnesotans and preventing further spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will indefinitely postpone all meetings, training and events, effective immediately. This includes all oversize/overweight training classes originally scheduled for March and April.

Mississippi   (Last Update 03/16/2020 9:30a)
We will be doing business as usual for now, but may switch to working with a short staff. Approximately 82% of permits are self-issued, so we encourage the industry to continue using the Expresspass on line permitting system as much as possible. We will have some staff working from home, but we would ask that the industry have patience with the State permit offices as I’m sure we will all do our best to serve the industry as quickly as we can.

Missouri   (Last Update 04/30/2020 3:30p)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) -To continue to ensure the critical flow of goods to aid the state’s COVID-19 emergency response, the Missouri Department of Transportation today extended the timeframe for trucks to be able to carry heavier loads on the state’s interstates and highways.

The special overweight permit, which allows haulers to transport up to 100,000 pounds on any state-owned highways including interstates, will be available until June 15, 2020.

The following criteria must be met:

  • A copy of the special permit and a bill of lading must be in the possession of the operator of the overweight vehicle during its operation and shall be produced for inspection upon request to any Missouri law enforcement official and/or any MoDOT employee. Motor carriers can find this document at here.
  • The load must carry supplies and/or equipment in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock, poultry, feed, fertilizer and fuels. Any fuels being transported can be hauled at 100,000 lbs. or up to the manufacturer’s specifications of the tank type being operated, whichever results in the lower weight.
  • Undertaking movement is evidence that both the owner and operator of the equipment agree to abide by the conditions of the special permit and all other non-exempted requirements for overweight loads.
  • Carriers may haul up to 100,000 lbs. gross weight on semi-trailer configurations with five or more axles. The axles must meet the minimum distance requirement stated in the special permit. Carriers using trucks or semi-trailers with fewer axles are allowed to haul up to an additional 10% heavier than licensed weight.
  • Carriers and vehicle operators must obey all structure postings and size and weight restrictions.
  • Violation of any of the conditions of the special permit will void the permit and subject the owner and operator to penalty.
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MoDOT issues permit to allow trucks to haul up to 100,000 pounds on interstates, other Missouri highways
Move will aid state’s COVID-19 emergency response
 
To help ensure the critical flow of goods to aid the state’s COVID-19 emergency response, the Missouri Department of Transportation today announced a free, temporary overweight permit that allows haulers to transport up to 100,000 pounds on any Missouri highway, including interstates, as long as certain criteria are met:

  • A copy of the special permit and a bill of lading must be in the possession of the operator of the overweight vehicle during its operation and shall be produced for inspection upon request to any Missouri law enforcement official and/or any MoDOT employee. Motor carriers can find this document at www.modot.org/mcs.
  • he load must carry supplies and/or equipment in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock, poultry, feed and fuels. Any fuels being transported can be hauled at 100,000 lbs. or up to the manufacturer’s specifications of the tank type being operated, whichever results in the lower weight.  
  • Undertaking movement is evidence that both the owner and operator of the equipment agree to abide by the conditions of the special permit and all other non-exempted requirements for overweight loads.
  • Carriers may haul up to 100,000 lbs. gross weight on semi-trailer configurations with 5 or more axles. The axles must meet the minimum distance requirement stated in the special permit. Carriers using trucks or semi-trailers with fewer axles are allowed to haul up to an additional 10% heavier than licensed weight.
  • Carriers and vehicle operators must obey all structure postings and size and weight restrictions.
  • Violation of any of the conditions of the special permit will void the permit and subject the owner and operator to penalty.
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Movement under this special permit is authorized 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The permit is effective March 25, 2020 through April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Central Daylight Savings Time.
 
“We are trying to help make movement of needed goods more efficient,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “This action is taken in light of the current needs for food and emergency supplies across Missouri and the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic consistent with the national and state emergency declarations.”

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Q&A

What do I need to do to take advantage of this special permit?
Download and print copies of the special permit document. Links are available at www.modot.org/mcs. Carry these documents and a complete bill of lading for each load, during operation on Missouri highways.

What does the special permit cost?
Nothing. The special permit is free of charge.

How do I find information about weight restricted bridges in Missouri?
First, know this: Bridge weight limits are subject to change and additional bridges may be posted with weight limits at any time.
When on the road, look for a white sign with black lettering on the right side of the road near each bridge. It is the final word and must be followed, even if other sources (website, vehicle route map) do not match the information on the sign.
Prior to any trip, please visit the MoDOT Traveler Information Map’s special OSOW layer at http://traveler.modot.org/mcm/MotorCarriersMap.html and zoom in on the route you plan to take. If a blue or red box appears in your route, click it to learn whether the highway is width- or weight-restricted at that location.   
The special OSOW layer is not available through the MoDOT Traveler Information Map app. You must use an internet browser to access it.
 
My truck has three axles. Can I use the special permit?
You can use the permit, however, the gross weight of your vehicle is limited to 10% heavier than the licensed weight of your vehicle. You will be allowed to use interstate highways if you follow all the conditions outlined in the special permit.

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MoDOT Increases Weight Allowance and Provides IRP/IFTA Emergency Waiver  for Trucks to Support COVID-19 Response

In response to Gov. Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation is allowing for heavier-than-normal truckloads of supplies and equipment to travel on Missouri highways in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock and poultry.
MoDOT is also temporarily suspending all Missouri International Registration Plan and International Fuel Tax Agreement trip and fuel permit requirements, including fees, for vehicles not currently registered for interstate travel in Missouri during the declared COVID-19 emergency. A copy of the Trip and Fuel waiver document, available at www.modot.org/mcs must be retained in each vehicle operating under this waiver and retained with the records kept by the driver for audit purposes. An electronic copy will suffice for road purposes while in Missouri.

Weight Allowance


Under the weight allowance, private and for-hire motor carriers are allowed to haul up to 100,000 pounds as long as their trailers are at least 53-feet long. The allowance remains in effect through April 30.
Here are other provisions of the allowance:

  • Motor carriers are limited to transporting supplies and equipment, including livestock and poultry, only within the state of Missouri;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, drivers must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel under this allowance is only allowed on non-interstate highways. Those taking advantage of the weight allowance cannot operate on any portion of the interstate highway system.
Emergency Waiver for IRP and IFTA

The IRP and IFTA waiver shall not be construed to allow any vehicle to operate in Missouri without valid registration and insurance from its base state. Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to a state or federal out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this notice.

This waiver does not imply or grant an exception to any federal laws administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation or other state laws regarding the reporting, registration or operation of commercial motor vehicles.

This waiver shall remain in effect for the duration of the declared emergency under Missouri Executive Order 20-02.

In addition to the above notices, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an emergency declaration that grants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for drivers and carriers operating in response to the national emergency. It can be found at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002. Find links to this and other important emergency transport documents at www.modot.org/mcs.

Montana   (Last Update 03/16/2020 9:30a)
Montana is business as usual. We will provide updates if changes occur.

Nebraska   (Last Update 03/19/2020 2:00p)
Moving all except 1 employee to working remotely.  The employee in the office will be there to take calls, walk in’s, Credit Card info over the phone and amendment that can’t be requested online.

In the event NE completely closes the office they will have no ability to answer calls, take CC over the phone (online still available) or do amendments that can’t be done line.

They will still be able to issue any newly requested permits as usual though.

Getting route approvals (loads over 16’ wide), bridge approvals (dual lane loads) or arranging State Patrol escort will be more time consuming than normal.

Nevada   (Last Update 03/19/2020 6:30p)
Starting March 20 we will be working remotely from home. We just ask for patience as it does take a little longer to process permits when using a laptop. We are having our phones forwarded to cell phones and people can also email us with questions. All permits need to be submitted using our online system.

New Hampshire   (Last Update 04/03/2020 8:15p)
According to the New Hampshire Motor Truck Association it was recently released that all rest areas in New Hampshire would be closed at 4:00PM on April 5 (Sunday) with the exception of the Welcome Center in Hooksett NH.  This afternoon, we learned that portable toilets and vending machines will be available for truck drivers at the closed rest areas.

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The OS/OW Permit Office staff will be working remotely effective Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice due to COVID-19. Permit applications and payments can be submitted at  NHDOT PERMITS at https://www.nhdotpermits.org. Some permits will continue to be issued automatically by the permitting system depending on dimensions, weight, routes, and current restrictions. Permits that cannot be auto-issued will be processed in the order they are received by date and time requested during Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Permit Office phones will not be answered as of close of business on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Customers should contact the permit office by email @ nhdotpermits@dot.nh.gov. Information updates will be provided on the NHDOT Permits login page.

New Jersey  (Last Update 03/19/2020 10:00a)
NJ DOT's Superload unit will be working from home as a result of the coronavirus crisis.  Please leave a voicemail message for us at 609-963-2085.  We will be checking messages hourly.  Your call will be returned.  If your application status is showing "Sent to Bridge Office", please contact the Bridge unit at 609-963-1334.

New Mexico   (Last Update 05/08/2020 5:00p)
"Alert NM-53- Covid-19 INFORMATION - MP 1 to 22  Due to increased COVID-19 cases NM-53 from NM 1 to 22is restricted for the use of facilities such as parking, lodging, fuel, and food within the towns of Zuni and Black Rock.  Please proceed to the next available city/town."

Also, ports of entry’s will start normal operation hours 05/15/2020.

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NM has revised office operations starting 03/19/2020. Please see below.

THE NM PERMIT OFFICE AND CALL CENTER WIILL BE CLOSED STARTNG 03/19/2020. ALL AGENTS WILL BE ISSUNG PERMITS FROM HOME. THE CALL CENTER MENU WILL HAVE AN EMERGENCY NUMBER LISTED HOWEVER  FOR COMMUNICATION EFFORTS PERTAINING TO ANY GENERAL PERMIT QUESTIONS OR PASSWORD RESETS PLEASE MAINTAIN UTILIZING THE CHAT AND CALL BACK OPTIONS OR YOU MAY ALSO EMAIL ANY PERMIT AGENT AT NMDOT-PERMITS@STATE.NM.US. PLEASE LIST YOUR COMPANY NAME & USDOT NUMBER IN THE SUBJECT LINE FOR FASTER SERVICE. PORTS OF ENRTY ARE NOT ISSUING TRIP/FUEL PERMITS AT THIS TIME. PLEASE OBTAIN ALL PERMITS USING NMOPS. FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE PLEASE EMAIL ANY AGENT TO NMDOT-PERMITS@STATE.NM.US. PLEASE USE THE EMAIL IF AT ALL COSTS. THE EMERGENCY NUMBER LISTED WILL BE MY CELL PHONE AND I WILL BE OVRWHELMED WITH CALLS. PORTS OF ENTRY WILL STILL HANDLE ESCORT CERTFICATIONS. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT ON OUT DASHBAORD FOR FUTURE NOTIFICATIONS.

We had a few agents work from home starting Tuesday. Business will remain as normal as possible with minor adjustments.

New York   (Last Update 03/21/2020 11:00p)
STATE OF NEW YORK EXECUTIVE CHAMBER EXECUTIVE ORDER- EMERGENCY DECLARATION
Based on Governor Cuomo’s Emergency Declaration the attached order temporarily waives the need for Special Hauling & Divisible Load Permits for transport of COVID-19 relief supplies for moves up to 13’-6” high, 13’ wide, 100’ long, and up to 125% of the vehicle’s legal weight.

Please note that the NYC DOT Truck Permit Unit will be working remotely going forward until further notice. With that said, we ask that you pay extra attention to what you submit and that the application matches the route survey. We need correct start and end points within NYC borders, load description (make and model #) street names, and correct date and times of travel. We will not be as lenient as we are in the office. 2 rejections and that is it. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Please be as responsive as you can to our emails, as this will be the primary means of communication. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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If you have a Covid-19 related emergency move, we will allow application submissions outside of the normal submission schedule. Applications will be processed as they are received and will still require engineering review from multiple agencies. The permits will be route specific and allow travel for a period of 23:59 hrs any 1 day of the week (7 days Monday- Sunday). For example, we will allow you to travel 6am Monday-5:59am Tuesday.
 
  • Please submit the application with the load description/make and model and COVID-19 response in the load description box.
  • Load must be over-dimensional and non-divisible / route surveys will still be required.
  • You must also send an email to all of our staff with “App #_Response for COVID -19 Emergency” in the subject area and attach any supporting documents if possible.
If you have a divisible load, we will assist in routing by providing a suggested route but we will not issue a permit for the load. Again, please put “In response to COVID -19 Emergency” in the subject line of an email and provide the overall height, width, length and TGW and where you are starting in NYC and or NYC border (such as I-495 Nassau/NYC border, or George Washington Bridge, or I-87 Westchester) and where you are going to in NYC or NYC border.

Non-essential staff have been directed to work from home.  There will be limited staffing in the office, others will issue permits remotely.  Some delays are likely, especially for phone calls.  Customers are encouraged to email the permit office at permits@dot.ny.gov or use the Callback feature in the HOOCS system to contact us.

North Carolina   (Last Update 03/31/2020 3:00p)
COVID-19 ALERT:
Due to some North Carolina counties issuing non-travel restrictions within their jurisdiction, it may be necessary for Oversize/Overweight permittees to obtain approval from the county before entry.  The permittee is responsible for checking the local county or municipality website for any restrictions prior to traveling through their limits.

When asked for clarification, NC DOT officials reported, “Our state law gives the locals a lot of authority when it comes to emergencies.  None of these (local actions) have much impact on commerce as of yet.  It is our intent to inform the permit holder to double check their route and destination.  The NCDOT is recommending that these communities do not close their roads.  In fact some roads we believe their authority is superseded by other state and federal laws.  So far the only key routes that potentially could affect some on is US 64 going to the outer banks.  They are allowing commercial traffic that has a purpose, and I expect that a permitted load going there would have a purpose.  The other communities have been small road that your members would not want to drive a truck on.”

Also see related articles - https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management/entry
news article

Currently there are only a few counties and municipalities that have restricted travel to non-residents and this has not had any impact on commercial trucks.  Interstate routes and US Highways are not affected.   The message was placed on the website and on permits for the carriers to do their due diligence on travel in the early stages of the county restrictions.  NCDOT’s Traffic Information site can help with determining locations where there may be restricted travel.  https://www.drivenc.gov/  


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North Carolina will continue to issue as normal, we may experience slow downs due to staff being able to come to work, but we will be open. We may need to take measures to increase efficiency of staff. We will notify you of any changes when implemented.

North Dakota   (Last Update 04/03/2020 9:45a)
While the #NDHP app is no longer working, the Gov Delivery app is now ready! This will be used for No Oversize, Holiday Closings, Training Opportunities, etc in North Dakota. Sign up now!  https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/NDHP/subscriber/new

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North Dakota Governor Issues Executive Order on Coronavirus (03/25/2020)

The permit office will be closed to walk in customers until further notice.  All permits are available on line.  You can contact the permit office via phone @ 701-328-2621 from 7:10 am – 4:50 pm CST, M-F.  The permit office email is ndhppermits@nd.gov

Ohio  (Last Update 04/07/2020 11:45a)
Special Blanket Permit for Haulers

NOTICE: In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods.
 
The blanket permit applies to travel on roads and bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes. Hauler loads may not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and must comply with all posted bridge weight and height restrictions. Loads exceeding 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight MUST contact the ODOT Special Hauling Permits main office line at 614-351-2300 during normal business hours (7:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday).
 
Haulers can download and print THIS SPECIAL PERMIT

and must travel with a copy of it, and a STANDARD OS 1/A 1/18 FORM

The hauler is also required, within 24 hours after the trip is completed, to report back to the department where they travel and how much weight they carried using this form:

EMERGENCY MOVES REPORT FORM

 
The Department will use this information to monitor road and bridge conditions along the routes traveled by the heavyweight vehicles.

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Ohio is business as usual at the current time.

Oklahoma   (Last Update 03/19/2020 2:00p)
Due to the current situation, until further notice, all offices of Size & Weight Permits will be unable to take walk-in customers.  Please call 405-425-7012 or use OKIEpros for all your permit needs.
Faxed documentation will be checked once daily.  Please consider using swpermits@dps.ok.gov as your place to send documentation so that your permit paperwork will not be delayed.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Oregon   (Last Update 03/16/2020 12:30p)
At this time, it is business as usual in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority is posting regular updates on their website, which is linked from our site:

https://www.oregon.gov/odot/MCT/Pages/Index.aspx

Pennsylvania   (Last Update 05/11/2020 3:15p)
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reopening indoor facilities at three additional rest areas statewide.
PennDOT's rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place. Many rest areas across Pennsylvania have since reopened.
Additional cleaning and maintenance will be performed at all reopened locations. Tourism services are not available at this time.
The below locations have reopened today:
  • Interstate 70 westbound in Fulton County, 1 mile west of the Maryland state line;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County, 3.5 miles east of Exit 242; and
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia County, 10 miles west of Exit 256.
The below locations were previously reopened:
  • 79 northbound in Allegheny County, 8 miles north of Exit 45;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Crawford County, 8 miles north of Exit 154;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Crawford County, 3 miles south of Exit 166;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Greene County, 5 miles north of Exit 1;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles north of Exit 105;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles south of Exit 113;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Mercer County, 5 miles south of Exit 141;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Mercer County, 6 miles north of Exit 130;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Centre County, 13 miles east of Exit 133;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Centre County, .5 miles west of Exit 147;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Jefferson County, 1 mile east of Exit 86;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Jefferson County, 10 miles west of Exit 97;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Luzerne County, 8.5 miles east of Exit 262;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Monroe County, 1 mile east of I-80/I-380;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles east of Exit 215;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles west of Exit 224;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Venango County, .5 miles east of Exit 29;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Venango County, 4 miles west of Exit 35;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Cumberland County, .5 miles north of Exit 37;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Cumberland County, 5.5 miles south of Exit 44;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Lackawanna County, .5 miles north of Exit 202;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles north of Exit 155;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles south of Exit 159;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County, 4 miles south of Exit 211;
  • Interstate 83 northbound in York County, 2.5 miles north of the Maryland state line;
  • Interstate 84 eastbound in Pike County, 6 miles east of Exit 20;
  • Interstate 84 westbound in Pike County, 1 mile west of Exit 26;
  • Interstate 90 eastbound in Erie County, 3 miles east of the Ohio state line;
  • Interstate 70 eastbound in Washington County, 3.5 miles east of Exit 1;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Franklin County, 1 mile north of the Maryland state line;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County, .5 miles south of the New York state line;
  • Interstate 90 westbound in Erie County, .5 miles west of the New York state line; and
  • U.S. 15 southbound in Tioga County, 7 miles south of the New York state line.
The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional locations can be reopened.
More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.

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Click here for the AMENDED weight limit exemption 2020-13A signed by Acting PA Secretary of Transportation Yassmin Gramian, P.E. on April 17th.  This amendment extends the weight exemption to cover liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling system in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s March 24, 2020, Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23, No. 2020-002.

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Click here to find the attached weight limit exemption signed by Acting PA Secretary of Transportation Yassmin Gramian, P.E. on April 3rd.  This allows motor carriers utilizing combination vehicles that are providing direct assistance in transporting selected goods and materials necessary to respond to the COVID-19 virus disaster emergency to haul divisible load limits equal to or less than 90,000 pounds.  This applies to both state and local roadways in Pennsylvania.

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PA Turnpike: Overweight, Overdimensional Special Hauling Permit Applicants - Policy Changes Based on COVID-19 Travel Guidance

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Turnpike is taking all possible precautions to protect the health of our customers and our employees.

Please be advised that cash and credit cards will not be accepted anywhere on the PA Turnpike’s ticket system. All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points.

The PA Turnpike advises that all those with special hauling permits for overweight/overdimensional vehicles (Class 9) will still be able to travel the PA Turnpike. However, they must follow modified procedures during the temporary all-electronic tolling period.

Temporary Procedures:
  • All customers in this category must print and carry a hard copy of the approved permit.
  • Tolling personnel at designated interchanges will still be available to assist with the appropriate lane assignments.
  • Tolls will be assessed electronically as customers travel during this time.
  • Tolls will be charged to your E-ZPass account; if you do not have E-ZPass, an invoice will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle through the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE system.
  • All customers must apply for a permit within two weeks of the anticipated travel day.
Read the full press release here.

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Truck parking clarification

Every decision made has been in the interest of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and we are constantly reevaluating our response. That said, we also recognize that drivers need and deserve access to rest areas. In order to address safety concerns raised, PennDOT has identified 13 of its 30 rest areas that are most utilized by truckers that will be available again by tomorrow. At these locations, PennDOT will be taking down the barricades on some facilities in critical locations and making them available for truck parking. Portable restroom facilities will be available at these locations; each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we will not be opening any of the indoor facilities because there is no staff to keep them clean and properly sanitized. We will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.

These are the locations:

  • I-81: Luzerne NB/SB, Cumberland NB/SB;
  • I-80, Venango EB/WB, Centre EB/WB, Montour EB/WB
  • I-79: Crawford NB/SB, Allegheny NB only

Rhode Island   (Last Update 03/19/2020 9:15p)
RIDOT has officially taken over all OSOW permitting responsibilities from RIDMV.

Rhode Island OSOW office employees are optionally teleworking from home. We have full access to all our office resources so permitting will not be affected. We are working on lifting travel time restrictions for specific commodities related directly to the current emergency relief.

South Carolina   (Last Update 03/16/2020 9:30a)
South Carolina is operating as normal at this time. We are prepared to have staff telecommute if needed.

South Dakota   (Last Update 03/16/2020 9:30a)
At this point permit services are functioning at 100% and we plan to keep it that way.

Tennessee   (Last Update 03/18/2020 3:30p)
Our office will be working remotely effective Thursday 3/19/20.  Most permit requests and payments can be made as usual online through TNTRIPS.  Since about 80% of our permits are self-issue permits that do not need any staff intervention, we do not anticipate any major delays with permit issuance.  We will have some staff here that will handle checks and get them to the bank and posted to accounts as soon as possible.  We will be posting alternative payment methods for escrow accounts by tomorrow.
 
As always and even more now than ever we ask that customers utilize our Permit email box, tdot.permitoffice@tn.gov , so that staff can quickly and efficiently work to resolve issues. 

Texas   (Last Update 03/18/2020 12:00p)
  • The majority of our staff are already working offsite and we are working to get the rest offsite in the upcoming days. 
  • The only noticeable difference would be we will not accept fax or mail applications or documents, they will need to be transmitted electronically (most companies already do this and upload documents directly into our permitting system).
  • The details of how we will deal with fax and mail documents is still in flux.
  • With the exceptions regarding fax or mail documents there should be no noticeable change in service.
Governor Abbott, DPS Waive Expiration Dates for Driver Licenses
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he has directed the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to temporarily waive expiration dates for Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses, and other identification forms. This action falls within the Governor’s State of Disaster Declaration and is part of the ongoing effort to reduce to spread of COVID-19.
 
“Our top priority remains public health and safety, and we will continue to take action to ensure that Texans can avoid large public gatherings,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas is at a pivotal moment in the response to COVID-19, and by temporarily delaying Driver License renewals we will help limit non-essential trips into public settings and slow the spread of this virus.”
 
This suspension will be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal Driver License operations have resumed.

Utah   (Last Update 04/12/2020 8:30p)
Truck drivers have now been exempted from an order requiring adults entering the state of Utah to fill out an online form about their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 illness.

On April 9, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on inbound travel. It established a requirement for all adults entering Utah to complete a travel declaration form, an electronic form people will receive via text message upon entering the state. The order called for the form to be completed within three hours. A Q&A from the governor's office specifically said truck drivers were included.

However, on April 10, the governor issued a revised executive order listing a number of exemptions. In addition to truck drivers, airline employees and first responders have been exempted.

According to a notice from the Nevada Trucking Association, which had called the order unconstitutional, the American Trucking Associations, Utah Trucking Association, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration helped convince the governor to exempt truck drivers.

“We appreciate the governor's office for recognizing the operational burden the requirement puts on the trucking industry and others that are responding to this public health emergency,” said the Nevada Trucking Association.

When the order was initially announced, Paul J. Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association, called it unconstitutional. “This is an impediment to interstate commerce, which was one of the main reasons we jettisoned the Articles of Confederation and adopted our Constitution way back in 1789."

Truck drivers have now been exempted from an order requiring adults entering the state of Utah to fill out an online form about their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 illness.

On April 9, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on inbound travel. It established a requirement for all adults entering Utah to complete a travel declaration form, an electronic form people will receive via text message upon entering the state. The order called for the form to be completed within three hours. A Q&A from the governor's office specifically said truck drivers were included.

However, on April 10, the governor issued a revised executive order listing a number of exemptions. In addition to truck drivers, airline employees and first responders have been exempted.

According to a notice from the Nevada Trucking Association, which had called the order unconstitutional, the American Trucking Associations, Utah Trucking Association, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration helped convince the governor to exempt truck drivers.

“We appreciate the governor's office for recognizing the operational burden the requirement puts on the trucking industry and others that are responding to this public health emergency,” said the Nevada Trucking Association.

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Governor issues Executive Order on Inbound Travel
Effective  4/10 (Friday)

All drivers — including truckers — must fill out a health screening form after crossing the border into the state.

On Wednesday, April 8, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced the new travel requirements that will go into effect on April 10. A Utah DOT spokesperson confirmed to CDLLife that Herbert’s order applies to both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Herbert said:
I am issuing an order this week in advance of Easter weekend requiring all individuals who are 18 years or older to complete a COVID-19 travel declaration form when entering our state. This will be required at the airport, and on our roadways.

The order will go into effect on Friday. The travel declaration will ask individuals if they have been tested for COVID-19 and if they are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus. It also asks where they have recently been traveling.

Utah has set up geofencing at several major entry points into the state to facilitate the travel declaration form distribution. The entry points are located below.

  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • I-80 at Wyoming border
  • I-80 at Nevada border
  • I-15 at Arizona border
  • I-70 at Colorado border
  • I-84 at Idaho border
  • I-15 at Idaho border
  • US 191 north of Monticello
  • US 89 north of Kanab
  • US 40 at Colorado border

Once a driver passes through one of the entry points, they will receive a text message through the federal Wireless Emergency Alerts system directing them to http://entry.utah.gov, where they will be asked to fill out a form.

Drivers will be directed to fill out the following questions by the form:

  • Entry location
  • Full name
  • Have you, or anyone in your party been tested for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Are you, or anyone in your party currently experiencing any of the following symptoms: Cough, Shortness of breath, or Fever?
  • Are you a Utah resident, a visitor, or a worker?
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • List of places you have visited in the last 14 days
  • Are there additional people in your group?

  • Collected information will be stored in a Utah Department of Health (UDOH) database.

    Utah DOT said that truckers passing through Utah should receive the text within about three hours of passing through an entry point and emphasized that it was important to wait until safely parked to fill out the form.

    Utah says that there is no plan in place to punish those who do not fill out the form, but they say that they could resort to tougher measures in the future.

    Vermont   (Last Update 04/14/2020 3:30p)
    Effective immediately, the Vermont Permit Office will be open Tuesday through Thursday to process permits. All departments in the Vermont Permit offices are now closed on Mondays and Fridays until further notice. Any permits that require additional axle weight review can take 24-48 hours to process.

    Virginia  (Last Update 04/10/2020 8:15p)
    DMV temporarily converts weigh stations to trucker rest areas

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to give truckers a break – literally.

    While all 13 weigh stations in the state are closed until at least April 23, the DMV is offering 10 of those spots as additional rest areas to accommodate the increased number of commercial drivers working to deliver food and supplies.

    “The trucking industry is a vital link in our country’s supply chain,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “During these unprecedented times, we are especially grateful to these men and women serving on the front lines, and we are proud to help in any way we can.”

    DMV is offering the use of 246 truck parking spaces at 10 weigh stations statewide as rest parking for commercial drivers. The spaces are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until at least April 23. To make truckers aware of the service, the Virginia Department of Transportation is partnering with DMV to place portable electronic message signs advertising the availability of truck parking.

    Among the weigh stations that are currently open as rest areas for commercial drivers: the one in Sandston (I-64 at mile marker 203).

    Others include Alberta (I- 81, mile marker 22), Bland (I-77, mile marker 52), Carson (I-95, mile marker 39), Dumfries (I-95, mile marker 154), Middletown (Rt. 11, across from the I-81 weigh station), New Church (Rt. 13, 2 miles south of the Maryland state line), Stephen City (I-81, mile marker 304), Suffolk (Rt. 58, 1 mile west of the Chesapeake city line), and Troutville (I-81, mile marker 149).

    “We recognize that these are unusual times for tractor trailer drivers hauling goods in Virginia and across the nation with the industry working around the clock to deliver food and emergency supplies to those who desperately need them,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “We applaud their efforts and are proud to offer a place of refuge in this critical time.”

    In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted an extension on the validity of commercial driver’s licenses and commercial learner’s permits that expire between March 1 and June 29. Any CDLs or CLPs set to expire during this time and any CDL medical certificate valid for 90 days or more that is due to expire on or after March 1 will be extended to June 30.

    The Transportation Security Administration also has extended for 180 days hazardous materials endorsements that expire between March 1 and July 31.

    For details specific to CDL holders, visit dmvNOW.com/COVID19.

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    Our work center is operating with full staff. However, like many other places, we are teleworking as much as possible. Our plan is to have at least 3 people in the office at all times answering phones and everyone else will be teleworking, issuing permits as usual from home. This being said, we do ask the industry to exercise patience as we transition. We also encourage everyone to submit their applications online, as "in-house" staff is limited and answering phones and processing faxed requests may take a bit longer. In lieu of faxing we suggest that documentation be emailed to our mailbox at haulingpermit@dmv.virginia.gov. This mailbox will be monitored constantly. This practice is expected to be in place until at least April 3rd.

    Washington   (Last Update 03/16/2020 1:30p)
    Business as usual in Washington.   Our permit staff is working remotely and we have the ability to provide the same level of service.  We will let you know if anything changes. 

    West Virginia   (Last Update 03/18/2020 3:00p)
    The state of West Virginia has directed most non-essential staff to telework in all instances possible, therefore all oversize/overweight permits will be issued remotely. This should not cause any delays in the usual processing times, however there will be delays for calls. Customers are asked to contact the permit technician via email at the following addresses.

    Lee      Lee.d.jarrett@wv.gov
    Brett   brett.h.foster@wv.gov
    Jack     jack.w.garrison@wv.gov

    Any calls should be directed to (304) 767-5526.

    Wisconsin   (Last Update 05/08/2020 5:00p)
    The emergency oversize and overweight permits that have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on May 11, 2020.
     
    Governor Evers declared a statewide public health emergency on March 12, 2020. Our immediate priority was to ensure that our essential grocery supply chains remained intact as grocery stores across the state were experiencing inventory shortages.
     
    Under his emergency powers the Governor issued Emergency Order #2 on March 14 and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) was able to expediently offer COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permits. These permits allowed increased weight limits and waived driver hours of operation limitations for truck drivers hauling grocery supplies. This permit was in effect until April 10 and was utilized by more than 60 fleets, representing thousands of trucks carrying vital goods and supplies to replenish store shelves throughout Wisconsin.
     
    Anticipating continued pressure on vital supply chains, the Governor issued Emergency Order #24 on April 10. Under this order, emergency oversize and overweight permits were expanded to include agricultural products, medical supplies, warehouse goods, and all freight supplying any of the federally-defined sixteen critical infrastructure sectors. Weight limits were expanded from 88,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds to harmonize with neighboring states. It was necessary to quickly maximize all essential supply lines before the situation became critical and they became compromised. The permit is heavily utilized and has been issued to 174 freight carriers covering 5,574 trucks.
     
    We wanted to make sure you are aware that the Governor’s order expires on May 11, 2020 and so, too, will the department’s authority to issue oversize and overweight permits. While we looked for options to extend the permits, we do not have that authority. We also recently shared this information with our legislators representing the state’s legislative transportation committees.

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    https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx

    Permit applications can be submitted by completing the information below and emailing it to oversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov, faxing it to 608-264-7751 Attn: COVID-19, or mailing it to Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Highway Maintenance, P.O. Box 7980, Madison WI 53707-7980. Information to include: WI Oversize permits account #; US DOT #; company name; address/city/state/zip code; phone number; email address; contact person and number of units.

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    New emergency permits help truckers respond to COVID-19

     
    At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today announced new emergency oversize and overweight permits that help truckers to meet the enormous health and economic demands brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    “We need to maximize all essential supply lines in the fight toward recovery,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “Truckers are working at their limits to help us get through this, and we need to do everything we can to help them.”
     
    Agricultural products, medical supplies, warehouse goods, and all freight supplying any of the federally-defined 16 critical infrastructure sectors fall under the new permits, which authorize gross vehicle weights up to 90,000 pounds.
     
    In addition to the efficiencies these permits offer, WisDOT is also supporting trucker by keeping all of the state’s 28 rest areas open and regularly sanitized.
     
    About 60 fleets employed the emergency overweight permits announced in March to aid truckers supplying grocery stores affected by COVID-19. Those permits were automatically renewed and will be valid for the new weight limits.
     
    More information is available at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx.
     
    Permit applications can be submitted by completing the information below and emailing it to oversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov, faxing it to (608) 264-7751 Attn: COVID-19, or mailing it to Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Highway Maintenance, P.O. Box 7980, Madison WI 53707-7980.
     
    • WI Oversize permits account #:
    • US DOT #:
    • Company name:
    • Address/City/State/Zip code:
    • Phone number:
    • Email address:
    • Contact person:
    • Number of units:

    View this document online at the WisDOT Newsroom at: wisconsindot.gov/news.
     
    WisDOT Bureau of Highway Maintenance
    OSOW Permit Unit
    (608) 266-7320
    https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx
    Follow us on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/WisDOTOversize

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    Class II Roadway Restrictions and Posted Roads restrictions end in Zones 4 and 5 at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2020. Class II Roadway Restrictions and Posted Roads Restrictions remain in effect in Zones 1, 2 and 3.
     
    WisDOT Bureau of Highway Maintenance
    OSOW Permit Unit
    (608) 266-7320
    Permits Website

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    At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today announced a two-week extension for overweight permits that allow truckers to supply grocery stores impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    Approximately 50 fleet permits were issued, representing thousands of trucks carrying vital goods and supplies throughout Wisconsin. The permits had been set to expire March 28, 2020. The new order from the governor grants a two-week extension. An updated permit with the new end date (April 11, 2020), along with a copy of the new declaration, will be sent to the permit holders.  

    “Truckers across the country are hard at work to keep grocery shelves in stock, and we want to do everything we can to help,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “The number of these permits in use shows tremendous demand, and I want to thank everyone involved in this effort.”

    New applications for the permits can be made here: COVID-19 Permit Information and Application Instructions.  More information is available at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx.

    Permits issued by WisDOT authorize the operation of any vehicle combination at a maximum gross weight up to of 88,000 pounds. A permit may only authorize weights not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle, gross axle combination, or gross vehicle weight limitations under Wis. Stat. §§ 348.15.

    Permit applications can also be submitted by completing the information below and emailing it to oversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov, faxing it to (608) 264-7751 Attn: COVID-19, or mailing it to Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Highway Maintenance, P.O. Box 7980, Madison WI 53707-7980.

    • WI Oversize permits account #:
    • US DOT #:
    • Company name:
    • Address/City/State/Zip code:
    • Phone number:
    • Email address:
    • Contact person:
    • Number of units:

    For more information, contact:
    Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Bureau of Highway Maintenance
    P.O. Box 7980
    Madison WI 53707-7980
    (608) 266-7320

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    WI has issued an emergency permit specific to grocery commodities that allows a 10% gross/axle weight increase over legal weight within WI. This is a no fee permit. This will expire 3/28 unless extended by the Governor. This is also a fleet issued permit and not VIN specific.

    At the direction of Governor Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation may issue permits for the transportation of inventory to supply grocery retailers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permits allow for additional supplies to be efficiently transported over Wisconsin interstates and most highways and local roadways by increasing weight limits and waiving truck driver hours of service limitations.

    Overweight permits may be issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and fees shall be waived for the transportation of inventory to supply grocery retailers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin highways. “Wisconsin highways” includes the National Defense Highway System pursuant to 23 USC 127(i).

    The permits do not apply to class II highways, posted bridges, and local highways with special and seasonal weight limit postings. Class II highways are judged to have unstable conditions of the roadway subgrade and constitute only 12% of state highways.  Additional information can be found at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/ssnl-wt-rsrctns/default.aspx

    Permits issued by WisDOT authorize the operation of any vehicle combination at a maximum gross weight up to of 88,000 pounds. A permit may only authorize weights not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle, gross axle combination, or gross vehicle weight limitations under Wis. Stat. §§ 348.15 and 348.16.

    Interstate and intrastate carriers providing direct emergency relief to supply grocery retailers are relieved from the requirements contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Title 49 C.F.R. Parts 390-399 and Wis. Admin. Code TRANS 325 and 327, subject to the restrictions and limitations described under 49 C.F.R. § 390.23. The relief under this paragraph is valid for the duration of the motor carrier’s assistance in the relief effort or until April 11, 2020 (30 days after Executive Order #72) or the duration of Executive Order #72, whichever is less.

    COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permits authorize the wavier of fees required by Wis. Stats. §§ 341.405, 341.41(7), and 341.45 to obtain a 72-hour trip permit for vehicles travelling into Wisconsin that are not registered in Wisconsin nor enrolled in the International Registration Plan (IRP) or the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).

    Except as provided in this order, all other applicable state and federal laws remain in full force and effect. The Secretary of the Department of Transportation may suspend, alter, or amend the permit as necessary.

    Except as specifically provided otherwise, permits expire on March 28, 2020.

    Instructions to apply for COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permit

    COVID-19 Permit Information and Application Instructions

    For more information, go to:

    https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx

    Email the below information to: oversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov or Fax to (608) 264-7751 Attn: COVID-19

    • WI Oversize permits account #:
    • US DOT #:
    • Company name:
    • Address/City/State/Zip code:
    • Phone number:
    • Email address:
    • Contact person:
    • Number of units:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Highway Maintenance
    P.O. Box 7980
    Madison WI 53707-7980

    Wyoming   (Last Update 03/21/2020 10:30a)
    As more counties and states report shortages of COVID-19 supplies, Governor Mark Gordon signed an Executive Order Friday to speed up the delivery of COVID-19-related supplies to communities throughout Wyoming.
    Along with waiving size and weight permit fees for commercial vehicles, the Executive Order also extends service hours for commercial drivers delivering essential emergency relief supplies to communities impacted by the virus.

    “It’s absolutely essential that we as a state are doing all we can to make sure these critical supplies aren’t delayed in transport to areas that need them,” Governor Gordon said in a release late Friday afternoon. “We need to get these items where they need to go as quickly as possible.”
    Commercial vehicles are still required to get oversize and/or overweight permits, but the fee will be waived, per the release.
    “We are grateful to Governor Gordon for assisting these commercial carriers in getting vital supplies to communities that are in need,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation Director Luke Reiner. “This Executive Order will ensure communities within our state and across the nation stay operational and receive their much-needed supplies.”

    Requesting carriers fax applications to ports and pay for ahead…limiting the “in person” time for drivers entering Ports of Entry.  Driver should call within 4 hours for further direction referencing the permit. 

    United States Department of Transportation

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This declaration is the first time FMCSA has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus.

    “Because of the decisive leadership of President Trump and Secretary Chao, this declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently. FMCSA is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and stands ready to use its authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.

    FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

    • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
    • Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
    • Food for emergency restocking of stores.
    • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
    • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
    • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.
    To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the drive must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers. The Emergency Declaration is attached. Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your trucks.

    CANADA PROVINCES

    ALBERTA  (Last Update 03/19/2020 1:15p)
    Alberta has declared a state of emergency. Out permit office is still open and staffed but some are working from home. Both engineers who support the permit office are working from home but we don’t anticipate any delay in review and approval times of permit applications. We’re also not waiving the requirement for overweight permits during spring season which is already in effect in the southern region of the province.

    BRITISH COLUMBIA  (Last Update 03/18/2020 9:30a)
    Enforcement staff are modifying procedures in order to limit direct contact and handling of paperwork, and scales are being limited to staff only. Where possible, our carrier safety and vehicle inspection facility audit staff are re-scheduling appointments.

    At the permit centre, options to give each staff member additional space are being worked on and we are exploring technologies that might enable more staff to work from home.

    MANITOBA  (Last Update 03/18/2020 9:30a)
    Manitoba is currently not under a state of emergency and OS/OW permit office hours and staffing levels have not been affected.  They are currently developing contingency plans for operating at reduced services levels and looking at options for waiving the requirement for some types of permits.  At the moment they are not contemplating waiving the requirement for overweight permits due to the onset of spring road restrictions, and the potential long-term damage to our highways during this vulnerable time. Some oversize, temporary registration and fuel tax permits are being considered.

    NEW BRUNSWICK
      (Last Update 03/16/2020 3:30p)
    Government services are transitioning to critical service only tomorrow.  Permit Office  will be closed for March 17 to enable us to reorganize to insure  continued permit service through the covid-19  outbreak

    We will reopen on March 18  at 815 AST.

    If you require urgent assistance tomorrow please contact Tanya.mitchell@gnb.ca.

    We are in process of preparing for such an event.  The intended plan, should it be required,  is to work remote. Clients will continue to apply as usual.  The changes would be no live phone services ..Phone lines at DTI office would take all messages and we would return calls.

    Emails faxes and SNB online applications would continue.

    We will certainly advise permit agencies and other partners of any changes as they may occur. We are still in head office for now.

    NOVA SCOTIA  (Last Update 03/16/2020 3:30p)
    Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services provides the delivery of services on behalf of multiple provincial government departments. Our department has made changes to our operations based on recommendations from the World Health Organization, federal and provincial governments.  These changes support the safety and well-being of our clients and team members and will help ensure services continue to be delivered based on today’s environment.
     
    That said, we are one part of the delivery of service.  To that end, we have reached out to the departments we provide services for to ask what changes will be implemented based on various scenarios that may unfold in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
     
    We ask that clients be patient as we work through next steps.  As we know more, we will share with all clients/public at the same time.

    ONTARIO (Last Update 03/27/2020 9:30a)
    COVID-19 - Extension of the Validity of Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products and Services
    The Ministry of Transportation is taking steps to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    In an effort to help keep people safe and reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario or an International Registration Plan office to obtain driver, vehicle or carrier products and services, MTO is extending the validity of all driver, vehicle and carrier products and services that expired on or after March 1, 2020 click here for the full notice.

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    Although we’ve yet to confirm with Ontario MTO directly, widespread reports indicate their office has not been issuing single trip permits for at least the past few days.  Expect major delays going forward.  Here are questions SC&RA have asked and MTO has answered:

    Are we understanding correctly that for a carrier to move legally in Ontario oversize/overweight, they must have already had a previously issued annual permit?  
    Not exactly, we are honoring the Annual Permit products already in existence that have an expiry date of March 1 or later during this period.  We are not able to process additional Annual permit requests during this time and are focusing on single trip applications only.

    “To reduce the impact this disruption has on business and permit requestors, time critical services related to Oversize/Overweight Single-Trip Permits will continue to be delivered in a limited capacity.”

    Does this indicate you may make exceptions if deemed critical for single trip permits? Or are you indicating that Under no circumstances will your office issue a single trip os/ow permit?
    This is identifying that we will continue to issue single trip permits but our capacity to do so currently is less that our regular business operations.  We will likely not be in a position to get all permit requests acted on in the same time frame we typically do.

    For carriers without previously purchased annual permits, are they prohibited from purchasing even an annual permit for their 1 time move?

    We have had to suspend the issuance of annual permit products at this time to focus on the Single trip Permit requests.  A single trip application should be made.  Applications for annual permit products will still be received, we are just unable to process in current environment.

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    The Ministry of Transportation has enacted it’s continuity of operations plan effective today in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. To reduce the impact this disruption has on business and permit requestors, time critical services related to Oversize/Overweight Single-Trip Permits will continue to be delivered in a limited capacity. Annual permit application are not presently being processed.

    The office located at 301 St. Paul St., St. Catharines will be temporarily closed.  Permit requests can continue to be sent by fax.
    Please note that as the office is operating on a limited capacity at this time. Please contact oo.permits.review@ontario.ca as staff will be reviewing this email box daily.

    A proposal is being put together for the secretary of cabinet regarding annuals permits are expiring on the road.  The publication has not yet been released.  The Oversize/Overweight department will not be responding to status checks. Once additional information becomes available we can update you.

    SASKATCHEWAN  (Last Update 03/18/2020 9:30a)
    Saskatchewan has declared and emergency but we will continue to provide permits as usual with no reduction in staff or ability. Will keep you all posted if anything changes. Weight restrictions for spring season are expected to be in effect.

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