South Carolina Oversize Load / Pilot Car Requirements

Oversize Load Permit Is Required:
Width: Over 8' 6"
Height: Over 13' 6"
Length: Semi-trailer over 53' 0"
Weight: Over 80,000 lbs. GVW (22,000 lbs. single axle or 39,600 lbs. tandem axle)

Oversize Load Times Of Movement:
Sunrise to sunset Monday - Saturday (for standard permit)
Loads under 14′ wide may travel sunrise to sunset on Saturday. Loads 16′ wide or greater may travel from 9am to 3pm on Saturday
Travel prohibited on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day (travel prohibited from noon on the day before the holiday until noon on the day following the holiday)
Permit Office is closed for the above holidays plus President's Day & the day after Thanksgiving
Travel prohibited for loads over 14′ wide and mobile homes on State highways near urban areas between 7am - 9am & 3pm - 6pm on school days and 4:30pm 6pm on all other days

Phone Numbers, Addresses and Websites:
South Carolina Road Conditions: Check website below
South Carolina State Police: (803) 896-7920
Oversize Permits: (803) 253-6250   Fax: (303) 737-2038
Trip Permits: (800) 749-6058
Fuel Permits: (803) 896-3870

Dept. of Transportation
OS/OW Permit Office
P.O. Box 191
Columbia, SC   29202
Office hours: 8am - 4:30pm  Monday - Friday (ET)

South Carolina DOT Website
South Carolina Road Conditions
Coast 2 Coast Online Permits
South Carolina Pilot Car / Escort Vehicle is Required:
Over 12′ up to 14′ wide requires 1 pilot car
Over 14′ up to 16′ wide requires 2 pilot cars
Over 16′ wide requires 3 pilot cars
13′ 6″ high and over (State determines when pilot car is required)
15′ rear overhang on a trailer under 48′ or 10′ on a 48′ or 53′ trailer requires flags or (an amber warning light) & 1 pilot car

South Carolina Pilot Car Vehicle Requirments:
Vehicle size not specified in regulations
"OVERSIZE LOAD" or "WIDE LOAD" sign on front and/or rear of vehicle depending on vehicle position & load
Rotating amber beacon or light displayed on top of the vehicle
No additional equipment is specified in the requirements

South Carolina Pilot Car Operator Requirements:
None specified in the requirements

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