Do You Need a Tennessee Trucking Permit?

DOT Office

505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243

Permit Office



External Website

Permit Validity

6 Travel Days

Transportation Restrictions

Travel restricted during the following holidays:  New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Movement restricted when weather conditions make movement unsafe.

However, because of traffic, movements 85’ or greater in length and  movements in excess of 12’6” in width will not be allowed within any city limits or any heavily traveled adjoining commercial or residential area between the hours of 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (local time) Monday through Friday.

The following holidays are restricted: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

Operating Time

Half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Overweight only vehicles may travel 24/7

Weekend Travel

No Sunday travel

Holiday Travel

Date Status Restrictions
3/30 CLOSED No Travel on 3/30

Transportation Requirements


Any transports exceeding the routine issued dimensions require special approval from the DOT.

Oversize Load Signs

“Oversize Load” signs required for any load over 10’ wide and for any overlength load.


18” Red Flags required at the widest point of any oversize load.


Bulldozer blades or loads with protruding sharp objects shall be loaded with the blade or
protruding sharp object to the rear of the hauling equipment when the blade exceeds 10’6” in
width. No permits will be issued for blades or protruding sharp objects creating width in excess
of 13’6″.

Routine Issues

Component Restriction
Single Axle 20,000 lbs.
Tandem Group 40,000 lbs.
Gross Weight 150,000 lbs.
Width 16'
Height 15'
Length 120'

Escort Requirements

Dimension Requirement
Width Over 10’ 1 Front On Roads Less Than 24’ Wide
Width Over 12’6” 1 Front On 2-Lane Highways | 1 Rear On 4-Lane Highways
Width Over 13’6” 2 (Front & Rear)
Height Over 15’* 1 Front w/ Height Pole
Length 85’-120’ 1 Rear
Length Over 120’ 2 (Front & Rear)

*Route survey required

We are committed to providing expert-level guidance to truckers, transport agencies, and those seeking to secure their permits. It is our mission to keep you both safe and legal as you haul your loads. We pride ourselves on being fast and affordable. Let us support your fleet and learn what it means to work with America's most liked permit agency.

Donald Beeman, President Donald Beeman, President

Coast 2 Coast Trucking Permits

5410 Homberg Drive, Suite 33 Knoxville, TN 37919

Call (888) 963-0830

Fax (865) 963-0831

Email [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM EST