District of Columbia

District of Columbia

District Department of Transportation
55 M Street, SE, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003
T: (202) 673-6813

Overweight and Hauling concerns contact:
The Public Space Permit Office
Quita Somerville-Bruce: (202) 442 4670 or
DC Motor Carrier Division: (202) 671-0682 or
Freight and Motor Carrier Program: (202) 671-2226

Hours of Business

Mon - Fri, 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM (Eastern time)


When escorts are needed:

# of escorts

Width over 12’ on all highways 1 Front
Height over 13’6” on all highways 1 Front
Length 80’ or more on all highways 1 Front
Any axle weight over 31,000 lbs. on all highways 1 Front
Weight over 79,000 lbs. on all highways 1 Front

A police escort is required for:

  • Any vehicle and load that is 75’ in total length or longer
  • Any vehicle and load 12’ wide or wider
  • Any vehicle and load exceeding 13’6” in height
  • Any vehicle with a total gross weight of 120,000 or more

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.

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