Self-Propelled Off Road Equipment Permits

Self-Propelled Off Road Equipment PermitTxDMV issues a single-trip permit for the movement of self-propelled off-road equipment exceeding Texas legal size and weight limits. Single-trip permits may only be used for one movement, during the times specified on the permit, from a specific point of origin to a specific destination.

Self-propelled off road equipment operating under this permit must meet the following requirements:

  • Weight per inch of tire width does not exceed 650 pounds
  • Weight per axle does not exceed 45,000 pounds
  • All wheels have a minimum rim diameter of 25 inches
  • Minimum spacing between axles, measured from center of axle to center of axle, is not less than 12 feet
  • Equipment must be empty.

Note: Equipment moving under this permit may not travel on controlled access highways.

NOTE: You must verify the size and weight limits needed BEFORE seeking a special permit.

Operating Authority Requirements

Prior to permit issuance, you must have a permit bond in the amount of $10,000 on file with TxDMV..

How to Apply

You may also call (800) 299-1700.

Fees & Payment Information

The permit fee is $60.

In addition to the permit fee, a highway maintenance fee is required for loads exceeding 80,000 pounds. Highway maintenance fees are listed in the table below:

Gross Weight in Pounds Highway Maintenance Fee Permit Fee Total Fee
80,001 - 120,000 $150 $60 $210
120,001 - 160,000 $225 $60 $285
160,001 - 200,000 $300 $60 $360
200,001 - above* $375 $60 $435

*Vehicles and loads with a combined gross vehicle weight exceeding 200,000 pounds must have at least 95 feet of total axle spacing. A vehicle supervision fee of $35 will be charged, in addition to the permit fee and highway maintenance fee, for loads exceeding 200,000 pounds. Fees are payable by:

  • MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express (a service charge of 25 cents per permit plus 2.25 percent will be added.)
  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) – Electronic Check (only accepted when ordering online through TxPROS)
  • Personal check, business check, cashier's check or money order, payable to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Cash (MUST be delivered to a TxDMV Regional Service Center)

A permit fee will not be refunded after the permit number has been issued unless such refund is necessary to correct an error made by the Motor Carrier Division.

More Information

  • General escort and equipment requirements apply to both permitted vehicles and escort vehicles. View Escort and Equipment Requirements
  • Review your permit for specific curfews and conditions that apply to your load and movement.