California Department of Transportation

Transportation Permits

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has discretionary authority with respect to highways under its jurisdiction and may, upon application and if good cause appears, issue a special permit to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles or special mobile equipment of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum limitations specified in the California Vehicle Code. The Caltrans Transportation Permits Issuance Branch is responsible for the issuance of these special transportation permits for oversize/overweight vehicles on the State Highway System.

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Transportation Permits Issuance Branch 
1823 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811-7119
Main Phone: (916) 322-1297  |  Single Trip Fax: (916) 322-4966  |  Annual/Repetitive Fax: (916) 445-0469  |  Variance Fax: (916) 322-1505

Office Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday-Friday (Closed on State Holidays except on ML King Day, Cesar Chavez Day, and Veterans Day)
Walk-In Hours: 8 AM - 3 PM  Monday-Friday (Closed on all State Holidays)
After Hour Emergency: Emergency Permit Procedures


Permit Types

Misc. Documents & Forms

Application Forms & Accompaniments Pilot Car Maps Transportation Permits Manual
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