The following information about Nebraska Oversize Permits is for informational purposes only. It’s important to always read your permits and provisions sheets carefully as we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can contact the following number.

Nebraska DOT #: 402-471-0034

Nebraska Oversize Permits Duration

Oversize permits for Nebraska have a validity period of ten days and must be obtained before entering the state.

Operating Time

Travel is permitted from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset, including both Saturday and Sunday. However, continuous travel is allowed only for overweight loads.

Restricted Travel

Travel is prohibited on state highways (except for I-80) in Lincoln on weekdays from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays after 12:00 noon. Similar restrictions apply in Omaha during the same times on all routes. On Cornhusker football home game Saturdays, travel on I-80 in the Lincoln area is restricted between exits 395 and 409. The state highway system is closed to permit travel from the Iowa line to Nebraska 14 and from the Kansas line north to Nebraska 91. The Nebraska permit office is closed on state holidays, including Arbor Day (last Friday in April). Travel restrictions are also in place on major holidays and holiday weekends.

Call (832) 454-5883 For Permit Consultation

Legal Dimensions for Nebraska Oversize Load Permits


  • 53′ semi-trailer and load
  • 65′ combination (multiple) trailers and load

Permits for length or rear overhang are not required for poles, pipes, beams, utility poles, and other construction materials.






80,000 Gross

  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 34,000
  • Tridem – 42,000 on designated roads, 34,000 on all other roads

To obtain a permit for overweight, the tractor must be registered for at least the weight you intend to permit or for 94,000 pounds to cover that amount or more. For divisible loads exceeding 80,000 pounds, you can exceed this gross weight without a permit on state highways, provided you comply with all axle/group weight regulations and your licensing covers at least the amount of your gross weight. However, if you intend to travel on any Interstate route, you must obtain an “Interstate Use Permit.”

Routine Permit Limits at Nebraska


There is no specific restriction. However, trailers exceeding 85 feet in length on interstates are required to have a rear-mounted light bar.




It hinges on the clearance of overhead structures. A route survey is obligatory for heights surpassing 16 feet.


  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 40,000
  • Tridem – 70,000

Over 16′ in width or height, over 100′ length, or over 160,000 gross is a superload.

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Escort Requirements for Nebraska Oversize Permits



Over 12′ – one escort*

*For interstate or four-lane divided highways, a light bar attachment affixed to the rear of the load may be permitted instead of an escort, as specified in the permit. The light bar must be positioned at a height ensuring visibility to rear traffic and equipped with left and right rotating amber, yellow, or flashing lights of a size that is clearly visible for a distance of at least 800 feet.*


  • Over 14′-6″ – one front escort depending on route and load.
  • Over 16′ – route survey and height pole.

Signs, Flags & Lights

When the width exceeds 10 feet, “Oversize Load” signs must be displayed on the front of the vehicle and the rear of the load. If the load surpasses 12 feet in width, flags, each at least 18 inches square, are obligatory on all four corners of the vehicle or vehicles. For rear overhangs of 4 feet or more during daylight hours, a red flag of at least 12 inches square is required, along with a steady-burning red light visible for at least 200 feet at night. If the vehicle is over length or has a rear overhang of over 4 feet, it is permitted to operate at night with a steady-burning red light.