Virginia
Hauling Permits
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
P. O. Box 27412
Richmond, Virginia 23269
2300 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 497-7135

Single Trip Line: (804) 786-2787
Fax: (804) 367-1003

DMV Hauling Permit Office: (804)367-2787
haulingpermit@dmv.virginia.gov
https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#hauling.asp

Hours of Business

7:45AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern time)

Escorts

When escorts are needed and number of escorts required

Width Non-Interstate Interstate
12’1 – 14’ 2 (1 Front + 1 Rear) 1 Rear
14’1” – 16’ 3 (2 Front + 1 Rear) 2 (1 Front + 1 Rear)
16’1” – 18’ 4 (2 Front + 2 Rear) 3 (1 Front + 2 Rear)
Any load exceeding 18’ wide and/or 200′ long will be escorted on a case by case basis
Height    
14’5” 1 Front with high pole 1 Front with high pole
Length    
90’1” – 120’ 1 Rear No escort needed
120’1” – 150’ 1 Rear 1 Rear
150’1” – 200’ 2 (1 Front + 1 Rear) 2 (1 Front + 1 Rear)
Any load exceeding 200’ long will be escorted on a case-by-case basis
Overhang    
Exceeding 10’ front 1 Front 1 Front
Exceeding 15’ rear 1 Rear 1 Rear

Locality-specific escort guidelines

Chesapeak

  • Width exceeding 10’7” up to 12’ requires 1 Front escort on all routes. Rear escort also required on 2-lane undivided highways.
  • Length exceeding 13’7” up to 14’ requires 1 Front escort on all routes. Rear escort also required on 2-lane undivided highways.
  • Length exceeding 85’ requires 1 rear escort on all routes.

Hampton

  • Width exceeding 10’ up to 10’6” requires 1 Front escort on all routes.
  • Width exceeding 10’7” up to 12’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.
  • Side overhang exceeding 3’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.

Henrico

  • Width exceeding 10’1” up to 12’ requires 1 Front escort on all routes.
  • Width exceeding 12’1” up to 14’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.

Newport News

  • Width exceeding 9’1” up to 10’ requires 1 Rear escort on 2-lane, 2-way areterial, collector or residential roads.
  • Width exceeding 10’1” up to 11’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on 2-lane, 2-way areterial, collector or residential roads.
  • Width exceeding 11’ requires 1 Rear escort on multilane arterial roads and 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on 2-lane, 2-way areterial, collector or residential roads.
  • Length exceeding 65’ requires 1 Rear escort on 2-lane, 2-way areterial, collector or residential roads.

Norfolk

  • Width exceeding 9’1” up to 10’6” requires 1 Rear escort on all routes.
  • Width exceeding 10’6” requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.
  • Length exceeding 65’ requires 1 Rear escort on all routes.

Portsmouth

  • Width exceeding 10’6” requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.
  • Length exceeding 85’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.
  • Any rear overhang requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.

Suffolk

  • Width exceeding 8’7” up to 10’ requires 1 Front escort on secondary routes.
  • Width exceeding 10’1” up to 12’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on secondary routes.
  • Width exceeding 11’1” up to 12’ requires 1 rear escort on primary routes and 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on secondary routes.

Virginia Beach

  • Width exceeding 10’7” up to 12’ requires 2 escorts (Front and Rear) on all routes.
  • Front overhang exceeding 10’ requires Front escort on all routes.
  • Rear overhang exceeding 4’ requires rear escort on all routes.

Big Walker Mountains Tunnel

  • Vehicles over 12′ in width traveling through the Big Walker Mountains tunnel on Interstate 77 must be accompanied by a Rear escort.
  • When load height exceeds 14′, 2 escorts are required (Front and Rear) and permittee must travel on the centerline through East River and Big Walker Mountain tunnels.

Super loads:

A super load is any load that exceeds the routine weight chart, whether gross weight, axle weight or routine dimensions, generally 15’1” wide, 15′ high (depending on permit type), and 150′ long.

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

Normal times of travel for permitted loads are sunrise to sunset Monday through Saturday. Some super load vehicle configurations may be required to travel during the hours of darkness.

No permitted travel is allowed within the corporate limits of cities/towns between the hours of 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm except for configurations that are overweight or overlength (not exceeding 85’, including rear overhang) only.

No travel is allowed on Sundays, except for loads that are permitted for overweight or overlength (not exceeding 85’, including rear overhang) only.

The Hauling Permit Section may modify the normal hours of travel or restrict times of travel if it is determined necessary giving primary consideration to the safety and well-being of the traveling public.

Except when traveling the interstate system, no travel is permitted within the corporate limits of cities/towns between the hours of 7:00–9:00am and between 4:00–6:00PM.

Specific cities, counties, and towns also have their own restrictions.

Holidays:

Permitted vehicle configurations are allowed to travel on all holidays except the following state observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

On the holidays mentioned above, permits will not be valid from noon the preceding weekday through the holiday. If the observed holiday falls on a Monday, the permit will not be valid from noon on the preceding Friday through Monday.