Maine Oversize Load Permits

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Maine Laws and Rules
Any vehicle transporting non-divisible loads in excess of legal dimension and weight limits must obtain an overlimit permit. After initial contact with the Motor Carrier Services, Overlimit Permit Unit these permits may be obtained online, by faxing an application form, by phone using instant permits, or by going to the nearest Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch office. Permits are valid for a stated route and for a limited period of time.

Vehicles transporting overlimit loads are subject to certain safety, routing, time of day and holiday restrictions as well as escort requirements.

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The Maine Turnpike has its own specified size and weight limitations. Turnpike oversize and overlength permits may be obtained at any Maine Turnpike toll plaza for a fee of $10 (not including the applicable toll). Vehicle must also have a separate overlimit permit from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for travel on all non-Turnpike highways.

Permits issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles apply only to those highways or bridges under the jurisdiction of the Maine Department of Transportation. Permission for the use of other highways under the jurisdiction of towns and municipalities must be obtained, if required, directly from those local authorities.

Overhang Requirement:
Maximum legal overhang allowed is 4' (four feet) from rear, load must be flagged during
day and lighted at night. Overhang exceeding these dimensions will require a over length permit.

Police Escorts:
Prices vary depending on the officer assigned. The following is a breakdown of fees per officer based on rank.
 - Trooper or Specialist - $64.82 per hour, minimum 4 hours
 - Corporal or Detective - $66.68 per hour, minimum 4 hours
 - Sergeant - $74.38 per hour, minimum 4 hours
 - Additional surcharge of $20.00 per hour with a two hour minimum for the vehicle, as well as an admin fee of %15 to cover support services costs.

Permits Valid For:
Single Trip Permits are valid for five (5) travel days.

Operating Time
Permitted loads are allowed travel from one-half hour before Sunrise to one-half hour after Sunset.

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Weekend Travel
Permitted loads are allowed travel on Saturday and Sunday from one-half hour before Sunrise to one-half hour after Sunset, except during the months of July and August.  There are special travel restrictions for Mobile, and Modular homes.

Divisible Loads
Permitted loads must be reduced to their smallest possible dimensions.

Restricted Travel
Travel is restricted in the cities of Lewiston and Augusta during inclement weather and during rush hour periods from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. A local permit is required to travel through the city of Augusta.

Maine turnpike loads are limited to dimensions of 14'6 wide, and 13'6 high.

No movement will be made when visibility is poor or the highway is considered dangerous due to rain, snow, slush, ice, or any other condition deemed unsafe by the issuing authority or State Police officer.

Spring Weight Restrictions
During spring, loads are restricted to 23,000 lbs. maximum or limited weight on certain number of axles for special commodities. 

Superload Requirements
Loads or vehicles that are 125' long, 16' wide, 16' high, and 167,000 lbs. or more are considered Super-loads.  Super-load applicants must submit vehicle configuration drawing with axle spacing and weights.  Super-loads require special approval from the Department of Transportation.   Maine DOT engineers will check bridges on routes that are request by applicant to determine if routes are capable of handling the load, and will reroute if necessary.  The applicant will be charged for the engineering fees resulting in these assessments.  Super-load applications should be allowed between three (3) and five (5) days for processing and approval.

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