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Escort requirements are determined based on load dimensions when traveling on all highways:

On all highways:

  • Width over 13’ up to 14’: 1 escort (Chase on multi-lane/Front on 2-lane roads).

  • Width of 14’ up to 15': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

  • Width over 15': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase) plus a state police escort.

  • Length of 90' - < 100': 1 Chase escort.

  • Length of 100' - < 120': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

  • Length of 120' or more: 2 escorts (Lead and Chase) + a state police escort.

  • Height above 15': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

  • Height above 17'16": 2 escorts (Lead and Chase) + a state police escort.

  • Weight over 120,000 lbs: 2 escorts (Lead and Chase) + a state police escort.

  • Rear overhang over 15': 1 Chase unless the permit specifies otherwise.


  • Two escort vehicles (Lead and Chase) are required when the parameters separately demand one escort in the front and one behind for multiple conditions.

  • Vehicles and loads that are only overweight or are 12’ or less in width but cannot move freely with the flow of traffic may be subject to escort requirements.

  • A separate state police escort (third escort) is required for vehicles and loads more than 15’ in width OR greater than 120’ in length OR higher than 17’6”.


A super load is defined as a vehicle and/or load 15' or more in width, 15' or more in height, 120' or more in length, and/or has a gross weight in excess of 120,000 pounds.

Escort vehicle requirements can vary widely from state to state, encompassing mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, mandatory signage, flags, lighting specifications, essential onboard equipment, and other factors. The SafeGuard team is well-equipped to furnish you with comprehensive information on any additional requirements specific to your designated route.



Department of Transportation
Hauling Permits Section
303 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE 19901

Mailing address:
P O Drawer E
Dover, Delaware, 19903
T: (302) 744-2700

Hours of Business

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern time)

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