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New York Oversize Permits Information


Oversize State permits are valid for 5 days. Driver must have permit prior to entering the state.

New York City permit is good for one move, either day or night depending on dimensions and routes. A move requires 2 permits – 1 to get INTO the city and 1 to get OUT of the city.

New York Thruway permit is good for a trip in 1 direction, with interruptions not to exceed 24 hours.

Operating Time

Travel is allowed one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, Monday through Friday. Loads that are less than 12′ wide or 85′ long, 13’6″ high and able to maintain normal highway speed are permitted to travel Saturday until Noon. Overweight only up to 99,999 pounds may travel 24/7.

New York City: Night travel may be allowed or it may be necessary in New York City or on Long Island, depending on dimensions.

NY Thruway: Overweight only up to 100,000 pounds may travel 24/7.


No travel is permitted for loads at 14′ wide, 14′ high, 90′ long or greater, through BUSINESS DISTRICTS between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. At 16′ wide, 15′ high, 100′ long or greater, no STATE travel between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. No travel on Sundays, major holidays and after 12:00 noon the day prior to a major holiday or holiday weekend. NYC is more restrictive. Other time restrictions may be listed on permits for local areas.

New York City: Separate oversize permit is needed. Travel restrictions are numerous and permits/escorts can be expensive. Wide load permits for city are issued for one period either at night or during the day, not both. No loads over 12’1″ high are permitted in the tunnels. Trucks are not permitted on the Henry Hudson bridge at any time; loads over 13′ are restricted from the Hodges Memorial bridge; overweight vehicles are not permitted on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.

NY Thruway: Separate permit is needed for the Thruway. No travel is permitted on weekends or on major holidays starting at 12:00 p.m. the day prior to the holiday. Thruway includes I-87 (NYC to Albany), I-95 (NYC to Connecticut), I-287 (connecting I-87 with I-95), I-90, and I-190 (connecting Buffalo with Niagara Falls). Loads over 13’6″ height are not allowed.

Speed Limit

55 mph.

Legal Dimensions

  • Width: 8’6″ (8′ in NYC or State Highway or roads with less than 10′ wide travel lanes)
  • Height: 13’6″
  • Length: 53′ semi-trailer on Designate Highway system and NY Access Highways; 48′ trailer and 65′ overall length on non-qualifying highways, in NYC and on NY Thruway. Trailer exceeding 48′ must have kingpin setting of 43′ or less from kingpin to center of rear axle. NYC: 53′ trailers only legal on segments of I-95, I-295, I-495 and I-695.
  • Overhang: 3′ front and 4′ rear
  • Weight: 80,000 Gross; Single – 22,400; Tandem – 36,000; Tridem – 54,000

Overlength Permit Exemptions: Permits are not required for loads of poles, girders, columns or similar objects if only legal length is exceeded. This may not apply in NYC area.

Routine New York Oversize Permit Limits

  • Width: 16′
  • Length: 160′
  • Height: 15’11” (over 13’6 on Thruway)
  • Overhang: Maximum rear overhang shall not exceed 1/3 the length of load, 2/3 of which must rest on the trailer bed. Front overhang may not exceed 15′.

You must be registered for at least the amount of weight you are permitting for New York.

Loads exceeding 16′ wide, 16′ in height, 160′ in length or 200,000 pounds or greater in gross weight are considered superloads.


  • Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort; over 14′ – 1 escort; 16′ and over – 4 escorts (2 front, 1 rear, 1 Police)
  • NY Thruway: Loads at 12’7″ through 14′ have restricted travel. Loads over 14′ are not allowed.
  • Height: 14′ and over – 1 escort with height pole; 16′ and over – 1 escort with height pole and 1 Police escort.
  • Length: Over 79′11 – 1 escort; 100′ and over – 2 escorts, 3 on two-lane highways; 160′ and over – 4 escorts and 1 Police.
  • Overhang: Over 10′ front or rear overhang – 1 escort.
  • Weight: Over 200,000 pounds – 1 police escort.

Other Police Escort Requirements: Police escort is required whenever a vehicle must cross the center line of a bridge or highway; if a permit vehicle cannot maintain normal highway speeds (within 20 mph of posted speed); or when traveling at night.


  • Width: 14′ and over requires route survey to order a permit.
  • Height: 14′ and over – route survey required to order a permit.
  • Length: 100′ and over requires route survey to order a permit.


  • Width: 12′ and over requires route survey to order a permit.
  • Height: 14′ and over – route survey required to order a permit.
  • Length: 80′ and over requires route survey to order a permit.
  • Weight: 120000 lbs and over requires route survey to order a permit.

Security Measures

“Oversize Load” signs are required (front and rear) on all oversized loads, including high loads. Red or orange fluorescent flags (18″ square on staffs), are required at all corners at the extremities of load or trailer for any over width or over length load. (For night moves when permitted, amber warning lights to must be placed on the front or side in place of flags, and red warning lights at the rear). Overhang of 4′ or more requires flags at end of load or lights at night (two flags required at extremities of overhang if width of overhang is more than 2′).

Headlights and external lights must be turned on for all oversized loads. For wide or high loads (over 8’6″ wide or 13’6″ high), power unit must have a minimum of one amber light located on top of the vehicle and visible in a 360-degree radius.

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