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Oversize/Overweight (OSW)

Permit Processing Times:

As a result of the increase in manual routings due to road construction, oversize/overweight (OSW) processing times may be longer than expected. Estimated current processing times are available on the permit application system after login. Learn more about reducing the chances of your permit being delayed or rejected.

Electric Cooperatives:

Please establish an OSW permit account prior to July 1 in order to shorten your permit processing time. If you have questions regarding your OSW permit, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Notice: Oversize / Overweight Permit and Bridge Fees Update (August 2018)

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A driver must obtain an oversize and/or overweight vehicle permit before traveling on Indiana roads to ensure the safety of the motoring public if his or her vehicle exceeds:

  • 13 feet 6 inches in height
  • 8 feet 6 inches in width 
  • 60 feet (two-vehicle combination) or 53 feet (semi-tractor-semi-trailer combination) in length
  • 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (subject to axle weights)

The Oversize/Overweight (OSW) unit at Motor Carrier Services (MCS) is here to help make these loads non-divisible and properly marked. OSW provides an online service permitting system that allows drivers to request and receive permits at their convenience.

Oversize/Overweight (OSW) Civil Penalties
An individual with or without an Oversize/Overweight Permit who violates Indiana Code Article 9-20 is subject to the following civil penalties: 
Not more than $500 for the first violation, 
Not more than $1,000 for each subsequent violation, and  
Not more than $5,000 for each violation for failure to obtain a permit.
If your company has received a civil penalty violation letter from DOR Legal Department and would like to negotiate a settlement of the amount due, contact DOR via OSWsettlement@dor.in.gov within 45 days of the date of the letter.  
NOTE:  These civil penalties are in addition to any fines and/or penalties that may have been separately assessed under Indiana law.   

For more information about OSW, call (317) 615-7320.

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