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)

Escorts

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.

Operating Times

Travel is allowed 24 hours a day unless extremely over width or over height.

Over width vehicles and over height vehicles may be restricted to night travel between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00AM.

Weekend travel

Travel is allowed on weekends

Restricted travel

No travel between 7:00 – 9:30AM and 4:00 – 6:30PM.

Movement will not be allowed during inclement weather.

Holidays

Travel is not restricted on holidays.