Department of Transportation
Hauling Permits Section
303 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE 19901

Mailing address:
P O Drawer E
Dover, Delaware, 19903
T: (302) 744-2700

Hours of Business

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern time)


When escorts are needed  # of escorts
On all highways  
Width over 13’ up to 14’ 1 (Rear on multi-lane/ Front on 2-lane roads)
Width of 14’ up to 15′ 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear)
Width over 15′ 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear) plus state police escort
Length of 90′ – < 100′ 1 Rear
Length of 100′ – < 120′ 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear)
Length of 120′ or more 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear) + state police escort
Height above 15′ 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear)
Height above 17’16” 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear) + state police escort
Weight over 120,000 lbs 2 (1 Front & 1 Rear) + state police escort
Rear overhang over 15′ 1 Rear unless permit specifies other


  • Two escort vehicles (1 Front, 1 Rear) are required when previous parameters separately require one escort in the front and one behind for multiple conditions.
  • Vehicles and loads that are only overweight or are 12’ or less in width but cannot move freely with the flow of traffic may be subject to escort requirements.
  • A separate state police escort (third escort) is required for vehicles and loads more than 15’ in width OR greater than 120’ in length OR higher than 17’6”.


A super load is defined as a vehicle and/or load 15′ or more in width, 15′ or more in height, 120′ or more in length, and/or has a gross weight in excess of 120,000 pounds.

Escort vehicle requirements can differ significantly by state in terms of mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, obligatory signage/flags/lighting, necessary onboard equipment, and more. The ODS team can provide you with all additional requirements specific to your route.

Operating Times

Monday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset.


Travel restrictions (limited time windows) apply on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Restricted travel:

Permanent Route Restrictions are routes that are limited to vehicles with destinations inside the prescribed areas. This applies to all oversize and/or overweight loads up to 120,000 GVW. Requests for through movements will require individual analysis. Delays of 5 working days are typical. Reasons for exception shall be in writing.

Temporary Route Restrictions are routes that are limited to vehicles with destinations inside the prescribed areas for a specific time frame.

Permanent and Temporary Route Restrictions can be viewed by clicking on the Permanent Route Restrictions or the Temporary Route Restrictions links on the DelDOT OSOW Permit System website