State Police : (919) 715-8683
OD Permits : (919) 733-7154
Road Conditions : Live Map
Registration maximum weight (cab card) : 80000
Operating time : Sunrise to sunset, Monday through Saturday, no Sunday travel. Overweight only, not exceeding 112,000 pound gross (or 94,500 for sealed ship container) and travelling only on Interstate routes may travel 24/7, but it must be requested with the permit order.
Loads over 10 feet wide are restricted within a 10 mile radius of the following cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Loads over 14’ height are subject to speed and escort restrictions in I-40 tunnels near Tennessee line. (See Escort Section, below). No travel on major holidays or holiday weekends. Double check with permit office for holiday restrictions.
Weights : 5 axles – 112,000 6 axles – 120,000 7 axles – 132,000 Steer Axle – 20,000* Single – 25,000 Tandem – 50,000 Tri Axle– 60,000 Quad – 68,000 Weight over 132,000 are super loads. Letter from shipper must be included with a super load application.
Size :Width: 15' Length: 105', beams and girders maximum 120'. Height: No set limits – determined by route. Loads over 14' may take extra processing time. Widths over 15' are super loads. Letter from shipper must be included with a super load application.
Multiple pieces rule: NC does not allow or permit for multiple pieces on an overlength vehicle/load (over 60’ overall length) on “non-designated” highways. If you are hauling two pieces end-to-end and your overall length is 70 feet, you can not get a NC permit except for Interstate and “designated” US routes (mainly 4-lane US highways). If your route is on other highways (including most US Highways), NC will not issue you a permit unless you claim that it is for a single piece.
Escorts : Width: Over 12' – 1 escort; over 14' – 2 escorts on 2 lane or 2 way roads; over 15' wide may require police escorts Height: Over 14'5" – 1 escort with high pole. Note for I-40 tunnels near TN line: Eastbound and over 13'11" – 1 escort with height pole; Westbound and over 14'2" – 1 escort with height pole. Length: Over 110' – 1 escort; over 150' – 2 escorts. Overhang: Over 15' front or rear – 1 escort Weight: Over 149,999 pounds – 1 escort.
Signs : "Oversize Load" signs are required at front and rear for all loads exceeding 10 feet wide. Flags are required on each corner and at the widest point of the load for all loads over 8'6" wide, but the flags "…shall be so mounted as to not increase the overall width of the load." Rear overhang in excess of 4 feet requires a flag, or at night a red or amber light visible for at least 200 feet.
General : Permits valid for ten days. Must have permit prior to entering the state. Blades and buckets which cannot be angled to not exceed 14 feet in width must be removed. A blade or bucket, if it is part of the original equipment being hauled, may be detached and hauled with the equipment without being considered a divisible load. Beams, poles, pipes, structural material don't need permit up to 85 feet long, daylight only, on Interstates and designated roads.