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District Of Columbia

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

  • Width over 12’: 1 Lead escort.

  • Height over 13’6”: 1 Lead escort.

  • Length 80’ or more: 1 Lead escort.

  • Any axle weight over 31,000 lbs.: 1 Lead escort.

  • Weight over 79,000 lbs.: 1 Lead escort.

Additionally, a police escort is mandated for the following conditions:

  • Any vehicle and load that is 75’ in total length or longer.

  • Any vehicle and load 12’ wide or wider.

  • Any vehicle and load exceeding 13’6” in height.

  • Any vehicle with a total gross weight of 120,000 or more.

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.



District Department of Transportation
55 M Street, SE, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003
T: (202) 673-6813

Overweight and Hauling concerns contact:
The Public Space Permit Office
Quita Somerville-Bruce: (202) 442 4670 or
DC Motor Carrier Division: (202) 671-0682 or
Freight and Motor Carrier Program: (202) 671-2226

Hours of Business

Mon - Fri, 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM (Eastern time)

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