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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a Single Trip permit?
How much does an oversize overweight permit cost?

Does the Oversize/Overweight (OSOW) permit that CDOT or a WASHTO state issue also permit the vehicle/load to operate on city streets or county roads?

What are the legal dimensions and maximum weight limit in Colorado?
How do I apply for a permit?
Where can I get a permit?
How can I pay for a permit?
How do I get a permit for a Longer Vehicle Combination?
Do pilot car operators in Colorado need to be certified?
Can I purchase an IRP 72-hour Laden Weight permit or a Fuel Tax trip permit at CDOT offices?

 

How long does it take to get a Single Trip permit?

  1. The Permit Office has a 2-hour turn around time for the issuance of Single Trip permits.  We will not guarantee that applications received after 3:00 p.m. (MT) will be processed on the same business day.  Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.

  2. The turn around time for the issuance of Chapter 6 Specials (Superloads) is 3-5 business days.  (NOTE: due a shortage of staff in the Bridge section and an increase in applications, it may take 2-3 weeks to process a Chapter 6 Special permit.  Please submit applications and supporting documents well in advance so the application can placed into the queue for processing.)

Our busiest days of the week are typically Mondays and Fridays.  We recommend that applications be submitted early in the day to avoid delays.

 

How much does an oversize overweight permit cost?
*Effective July 1, 2009 - Single Trip and Special Transport Permits issued will be assessed a surcharge equal to the amount of the permit fee pursuant to the passage of Senate Bill 09-108. A single trip permit costs $15.00*. If the vehicle or load is overweight add $5.00* per axle. For example a six-axle semi-truck/trailer with a load exceeding 80,000 pounds would cost $45.00.  Here is a complete list of the permit fees:

Single Trip Oversize  $15.00*

Single Trip Oversize/Overweight   $15 plus $5 per axle*

4 axles    $35*

5 axles    $40*

6 axles    $45*

7 axles    $50 *  and so on

Single Trip Non-Interstate Overweight Divisible (Vehicle must have a quad axle grouping)
$30 plus $10 per axle

Single Trip Non-Interstate Two/Three Axle Overweight Divisible (power unit/trailer combo, trailer must have at least two but not more than three axles) $15* + $10* per axle

Annual Oversize Permit

$250.00

Annual Oversize/Overweight
$400.00
Annual Overweight only
$400.00
Company Fleet Permit (CFP)
$3000.00
base fee for first 10 vehicles
Annual CFP (each vehicle over base)
$300.00
Special Permits

$125.00*

 

Superload Permits $400.00*
Fleet Base Fee

$1500.00

plus $25 per vehicle
LVC Permit
$250.00
LVC Overweight Divisible (to be used with an LVC permit)
$1,500.00
plus $25 per vehicle
Non-Interstate Overweight Divisible Annual (Vehicle must have a quad axle grouping)
$500.00
Non-Interstate Overweight Divisible Fleet 
$2000.00
Plus $35 per vehicle
Non-Interstate 2/3 Axle Overweight Divisible Annual (Tractor/Trailer combo, trailer must have two or three axles) $500.00
Non-Interstate Tandem/Triple Axle Overweight Divisible Six-month permit (Tractor/Trailer combo, trailer must have two or three axles) $250.00
Credit Card Fee

$3.00

per transaction per permit

 

Does the Oversize/Overweight (OSOW) permit that CDOT or a WASHTO state issue also permit the vehicle/load to operate on city streets or county roads?

No, it is the responsibility of the permittee to contact and obtain permission or the required permits from the respective cities and counties to use their roads.  The OSOW issued by CDOT or a WASHTO state is limited to the designated highways listed on the permit.

 

What are the legal dimensions and maximum weight limit in Colorado?
Colorado’s legal height is 13’ except where designated 14'6" by CDOT; maximum width is 8’6” and 80,000 pounds Combined gross vehicle weight on Interstate and 85,000 pounds on Non-Interstate highways. There is no overall length requirement for truck tractor semitrailer combinations as long as the trailer does not exceed 57’4”. A combination of vehicles coupled together cannot exceed four units and is limited to 70 feet in length. Call 303-757-9539 for routing questions.

Extra-Legal permits must be obtained prior to entry into Colorado or prior to movement of the vehicle/load.

 

How do I apply for a permit?
You must obtain OSOW permits through COOPR, our online permitting system. You may access COOPR online by going to https://coopr.codot.gov/. At this site, users are able to establish their own unique user accounts 24 hours a day 7 days a week and submit permit applications once logged onto the system. 

 

Where can I get a permit?
All permits are issued online from COOPR. In many cases, depending upon the dimensions of the vehicle/load and the routes requested, your permit may be self-issued without intervention from a permit technician. You may also stop at our main office or any region office for assistance.  You must purchase your permit prior to entry into the state or movement of an oversize/overweight load in Colorado. Call 303-757-9539 for more information.

 

How can I pay for a permit?
You can pay for a permit with cash or check, if applying in person at a CDOT office, a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover only), or through an established escrow account. There is a $3.00 service charge per permit to use a credit card. Exact change for payments made by cash is required at the CDOT offices. If you plan to order several permits, you may choose to open up an escrow account. Users are able to establish and maintain their own escrow accounts through COOPR.

 

How do I get a permit for a Longer Vehicle Combination?
Contact our office find out the requirements for obtaining Longer Vehicle Combination (LVC) permits. LVC’s are eligible for annual permit only and are limited to travel only on selected segments of the Interstate.

 

Do pilot car operators in Colorado need to be certified?
Yes, you will need to complete the pilot escort course. Effective August 1, 2007, the pilot escorts must carry a minimum of $1,000,000 of either Commercial Liability or Combined Single Limit insurance - policy must indicate the coverage is for the pilot escort operations. Your driving record must be clear of any conviction of drug or alcohol related offenses and has not had a single moving violation penalty assessment of six points or more. Colorado recognizes certifications from Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and the Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association.

 

Can I purchase an IRP 72-hour Laden Weight permit or a Fuel Tax trip permit at CDOT offices?
No, you will need to contact the first Port of Entry location on your route.  Contact information for Port of Entry locations.

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