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Fines for oversize violations in North Carolina.

  • North Carolina prohibits the operation of overloaded motor vehicles on highways or public vehicular areas.

  • Law enforcement officers can detain vehicles exceeding the weight limit until the excess load is removed.

  • Responsibility for any removed property due to overloading lies with the vehicle's owner or operator.

  • The state is not liable for any damage or loss of removed property.

  • Failure to allow vehicle weighing or to remove an overload is a misdemeanor, classified based on G.S. 20-176.

  • Officers must use approved scales from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for vehicle weighing.

  • Violations result in infractions, with fines ranging from one hundred dollars ($100.00) to five hundred dollars ($500.00).

  • Civil penalties for permit violations must be paid at the time of inspection.

Overweight Single or Tandem Axle


0 – 1,000 lbs

1,001 – 2,000 lbs

Over 2,000 lbs



$.04 per pound

$.06 per pound

$.10 per pound

Axle Groups


0 – 2,000 lbs

2,001 – 5,000 lbs

Over 5,000 lbs






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 Permit Office
750 N. Greenfield Pkwy
Garner, NC 27529
T: (888) 574-6683

Hours of Business

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern time) | No calls after 4PM

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