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South Carolina

Escort Requirements:

When Escorts are Needed and Number of Escorts Required:

  • A Lead escort is required for vehicles exceeding 12’ in width up to and including 14’ on 2-lane roads.

  • Lead and Chase escorts are necessary for vehicles exceeding 14’ in width up to and including 16’.

  • No specific requirements exist for overlength or overheight vehicles.

Super Loads:

  • Super loads are those exceeding 130,000 lbs., 125' long (including overhang), or 16' wide.

  • Super load permits are also required for loads limited by overhead structures (must clear by 3”) or those with front overhangs of 3’ and rear 15’ on trailers less than 48’ long and 10’ on trailers between 48’ and 53’ long (5’ rear overhang on loads only on 40’ straight trucks).

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.



South Carolina Department of Transportation
OSOW Permit Office
955 Park Street Room G-4
Columbia, SC 29201
PHONE: (803) 737-6769 or (877) 349-7190

Hours of Business

8AM-4:30PM (Eastern)

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