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New Mexico

Escort Requirements:

When escorts are required & number of escorts:

  • 1 escort: Width from 14'1" to 17'11" or Length from 90'1" to 110'.

  • 2 escorts: Width from 18' to 19'11" or Length 110'1" or high-risk routes.

  • 3 escorts: State police required if counterflow is necessary, regardless of width, length, or height.

  • State police: Required for widths of 20' and wider or when counterflow is required.


  • Additional escorts may be required at any time due to route, size, and/or circumstances.

  • A route survey is required for loads higher than 15'6".

  • Utility letters are required for loads higher than 18'.

  • Height pole is only required for survey.

Super loads:

  • Trunnion Axle: 60,000 lbs.

  • Width: No maximum; depends on routes.

  • Height: No maximum; depends on routes.

  • Length: No maximum; depends on routes.

  • Engineering analysis is required for vehicles or loads in excess of 170,000 lbs. The route survey may be required and is valid for 14 days.

  • Loads of 300,000 lbs. or more must have preapproval from the Bridge Office before applying for a permit in the permitting system.

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
Oversize/Overweight Permits
P.O. Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
PHONE: (505) 476-2475

Hours of Business

Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain time)

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