Florida
Office of Maintenance
Florida Department of Transportation
605 Suwannee
Permits Sections MS62
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450
Brandt / DOT Permit Office
2740 Centerview Drive, Suite I-C
Tallahassee, FL 32301
T: (850) 410-5777

Hours of Business

Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM | Sat 8AM - noon (Eastern time)

Escorts

A vehicle requires at least one escort when it has:

  • A width exceeding 12’ (needs two escorts are needed if width exceeds 14’) OR
  • A height exceeding 14’6” OR
  • A length exceeding 95’ (two escorts may be required in certain instances (see Operating Time – Restrictions)

An overlength vehicle no longer than 105′ may proceed without escort if the vehicle combination has a minimum of three turning points, exclusive of the steering axle.

State police escorts

When law enforcement escorts are required:

  • For loads over 16’ wide/high (two law escorts on state-maintained roadways at all times);
  • One law escort and one qualified escort are required when length >250’
  • Loads with height > 16’ up to 18’ require one law escort in addition to one qualified Front escort with a vertical height indicator
  • One law escort and one qualified escort are required when traveling on a limited access facility during nighttime hours;
  • Oversize loads travelling during nighttime hours;
  • Superloads that must travel across structures at reduced speed;
  • Superload vehicles travelling against the flow of traffic.

Escorts must be certified to operate in Florida. Requirements include courses on defensive driving and worksite traffic. Escorts already certified in another state will be acceptable for loads whose origin or destination is outside of Florida and escort resides out of state. The programs accepted include the following states: AZ, CO, GA, MN, NC, OK, VA (certificates issued after 1/1/2014 only for 8-hour training), WA, and WI.

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

Daytime hours are half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.

Weekend travel

Loads over 10′ wide and not exceeding 14′ wide may travel until 12:00 noon on Saturday.

Loads 10′ wide and under and with a legal trailer length and height not exceeding 14’6 may travel a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend travel must be requested.

Restricted travel

Width Limitations

  1. 8’6” up to 10’: Movement is permitted all days, daytime hours only. Flags required.
  2. 10’ up to 12’: Movement is permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. Warning lights required, mounted in such a way as to be seen by all approaching traffic. Flags, warning lights, and warning signs required. Except for local moves, this is the maximum width allowed for straight trucks.
  3. 12’ up to 14’: Movement is permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. One (1) qualified escort vehicle required at all times, two qualified escorts, one front and one rear required when traveling on two-lane highways with pavement width less than 24’. Flags, warning signs and two warning lights required, except for manufactured buildings, manufactured homes, mobile homes, modular buildings, sheds, and swimming pools which require four warning lights (two at front corners, two at rear corners). No movement allowed in congested areas during peak traffic hours unless specifically authorized by permit.
  4. 14’ up to 16’: Movement is permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. Flags, warning signs, and two warning lights required, except for manufactured buildings, manufactured homes, mobile homes, modular buildings, sheds, and swimming pools which require four warning lights (two at front corners, two at rear corners). Two qualified escorts required at all times, one front and one rear.
  5. 16’: Same criteria as >14’ up to 16’ except movement restricted to local moves. Applications for >16’ are subject to review by the District Traffic engineering Office(s).

Length Limitations

  1. Up to 80’: Movement is permitted all days, all hours. Rear overhang, is limited to maximum of 10’ during nighttime movement. When overhang exceeds 4’, a warning light is required on top of the vehicle; at the extreme rear of the load shall be two red lamps, two red reflectors, and on each side of the load shall be one red lamp. Each warning lamp is to be visible from at least 500’. Maximum length of multiple sections or singles units of manufactured buildings on a trailer is 80’.
  2. 80’ up to 95’: Movement is permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. No movement allowed in congested areas during peak traffic hours unless specifically authorized by permit. Flags, warning signs and two (2) warning lights are required. One (1) warning light shall be mounted on the front of the vehicle and one (1) warning light shall be mounted on the rear of the load. Printed On 2/2/2020 FL Page 7 of 16
  3. 95’ up to 120’: Movement is permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. No movement allowed in congested areas during peak traffic hours unless specifically authorized by permit. Flags, warning signs and two (2) warning lights are required. One (1) warning light shall be mounted on the front of the vehicle and one (1) warning light shall be mounted on the rear of the load. Manufactured homes, modular units and portable buildings cannot exceed 120’ provided the length of the towed housing does not exceed 81’, including all overhangs and tongue.
  4. One qualified escort is required during all movement over 95’ except for truck tractor semi-trailers up to 105’ with three points of articulation. Two qualified escorts are required when length >150’ unless the traveling on a limited access facility where only one qualified escort would be required. One law escort and one qualified escort are required when length >250’,
  5. Self-propelled equipment: Boom must be fully retracted. Nighttime movement requires front overhang has a minimum of 80” clearance above the roadway. With total length up to 80’ and front overhang 3’-9’, movement permitted all days, all hours; warning light required to be mounted at extreme end of protrusion to be seen by all approaching traffic. With total length up to 80’ and front overhang >9’, movement permitted daytime hours only with warning light mounted at extreme end of protrusion to be seen by all approaching traffic. With total length over 80’, movement permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays; flags and warning signs required plus a warning light mounted at the extreme of the protrusion to be seen by all approaching traffic.

Height Limitations

  1. Up to 14’6”: Movement is permitted all days, all hours. Except for local moves, this is the maximum height allowed for straight trucks.
  2. 14’6” up to 16’: Movement is permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. Flags, warning signs and two (2) warning lights are required. One (1) warning light shall be mounted on the front of the vehicle and one (1) warning light shall be mounted on the rear of the load. One (1) escort vehicle with a vertical height indicator is required to precede the load.
  3. 16’ up to 18’: Movement permitted daytime hours only, excluding holidays. Flags, warning signs and two (2) warning lights are required. One (1) warning light shall be mounted on the front of the vehicle and one (1) warning light shall be mounted on the rear of the load. One (1) escort vehicle with a vertical height indicator is required to precede the load and one (1) law enforcement escort is required. Movement is restricted to local moves only. Appropriate utility personnel will also be required for low overhead obstructions.

Holidays

Travel is prohibited all day on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. If any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall also be observed as a holiday. If any of these holidays fall on a Sunday, the following Monday shall also be observed as a holiday.