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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What types of permits can I obtain using the online service?
  2. What do I need a permit for and what can I move?
  3. What is the cost of obtaining a permit?
  4. What is the cost of using the online service for instant permits?
  5. What is an 'Instant Permit' fee?
  6. How do I pay for this permit?
  7. What is the turnaround time for approval of permits? (The amount of time from when I apply for a permit, to when it is approved and I can get my permit.)
  8. What information do I have to have in order to complete the application for a permit?
  9. Can I make changes or corrections to permits I have already submitted? And how?
  10. Can I update a permit?
  11. Can I get a permit for someone else?
  12. Can I get permits during off-hours? (meaning when the office is closed)
  13. What is a USDOT number and do I need one?
  14. When is the permit valid?
  15. When can I move loads exceeding the legal limits?
  16. Who do I contact for technical support?
  17. What if I am using estimates for my dimensions?

1. What types of permits can I obtain using the online service?

Single trip permits within the State of Maine only, return trip permits within the State of Maine only, and Multi-State permits within the participating NETC states may be obtained using the online service. All other permits, including long-term permits must be obtained through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Overlimit Permit Unit (207-624-9000 ext. 52134).


2. What do I need a permit for and what can I move?

Overlimit Permits are required to transport non-divisible over dimensional and/or overweight vehicles and loads which are loads exceeding the size and weight limits established in Title 29-A. Overlimit Permits are not granted for divisible loads.


3. What is the cost of obtaining a permit?

The fee for a permit ranges greatly and is dependent on the type of permit and on the amount by which the vehicle (or combination of vehicles) length, width, height, and/or weight exceeds the legal limits. Fees for over dimensional and overweight non-divisible loads are established by Rule pursuant to Title 29-A, Subsection 2382, Maine Revised Statutes (see Chapter 156 of the Rules for the Secretary of State).


4. What is the cost of using the online service for instant permits?

The Maine.gov website and many of the online services available are operated by a third party working in partnership with the State of Maine. This is made possible though the Information Resource of Maine (InforME), which was created by the legislature in 1998 to be the state's eGovernment portal. The goal of this partnership is to offer Maine.gov users a more efficient way of conducting government business through online services. The total amount you pay through this online service includes funds to develop, maintain, and enhance this online service as well as the State's official web portal Maine.gov, and Maine.gov online services like this one. This online service is operated without any state government funding.


5. What is an 'Instant Permit' fee?

Instant Permits are issued by BMV via telephone for a $3.00 additional fee. Instant permits are issued only to Overlimit Permit account holders who must buy a book of 25 instant permits for $75.00. Account holders are then billed monthly for the permits that were obtained. Instant permits are completed over the phone, and copies must be mailed in to the Overlimit Permit Unit. The Overlimit Permit Unit also charges a $3.00 fax fee when applicable.


6. How do I pay for this permit?

Any user can pay by credit card. InforME subscribers can choose to charge the permit to their subscriber account. InforME will bill subscriber accounts monthly.


7. What is the turnaround time for approval of permits? (The amount of time from when I apply for a permit, to when it is approved and I can get my permit.)

The turnaround time depends on when the permit is applied for and when the Overlimit Permit Unit accepts it. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Overlimit Permit Unit will review online permits continually from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M-F. In most cases, it should take approximately 20 minutes for a response from the BMV. The Unit's workload, road conditions, as well as traffic on the Internet can affect turnaround time.


8. What information do I have to have in order to complete the application for a permit?

You will need to have the following information: legal name and address of carrier; an email address; a USDOT number (if required to have one); a Federal Identification Number (EIN, SSI, or SSN); object description; the height, length, weight, and width of the vehicle and load; the registration numbers for the power unit and the trailer (if applicable); the number of axles on each unit; the length of the trailer; the origin and destination for the move; the proposed travel route; and the date on which the move will take place. [Please note: vehicles must be properly registered and have adequate insurance on the power unit.]


9. Can I make changes or corrections to permits I have already submitted? And how?

Permit information can be edited before submitting the permit. You can also modify permits once they have been accepted by Overlimit Permit Unit and sent back to you if the permit fee will not be affected by the modification. To make this modification you must contact the Overlimit Permit Unit at 207-624-9000 ext. 52134.


10. Can I update a permit?

You cannot update a permit using the online system; however, you may contact the Overlimit Permit Unit (207-624-9000 ext. 52134) and they can modify information, if updating the permit won't affect your fee. In some cases, it may be easier to void the original permit and start over.


11. Can I get a permit for someone else?

You may apply for a permit for someone else as long as you have all the information in order to obtain the permit. The permit must be in the legal name of the permittee. Unauthorized alteration of a permit will invalidate the permit, and subject the permittee to legal action under the statutes governing fraud or falsification on applications and documents.


12. Can I get permits during off-hours? (meaning when the office is closed)

You may apply for a permit during off-hours, but it will not be accepted by the Overlimit Permit Unit until office hours Monday through Friday 7:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.


13. What is a USDOT number and do I need one?

A USDOT number is also known as a census number; and means the motor carrier identification number provided issued by FMCSA, provided for under CFR 49 Subpart B Section 390.21 Subsection (B) (3). Carrier's obtaining a Maine Only permit with 3 or more axles on the power unit with a registered weight or total gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds; as well as carrier's obtaining a Multi-State permit with 3 or more axles on the power unit with a registered weight or total gross weight exceeding 10,000 pounds are required to provide a USDOT during the application process.


14. When is the permit valid?

The permit is valid only after the applicant recieves the permit via email from the Overlimit Permit Unit. The permit is valid from the effective date until the expiration day, which will be 7 days.


15. When can I move loads exceeding the legal limits?

Oversized loads may travel one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset (daylight hours), exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. A list of holidays can be found on www.state.me.us/sos/bmv/commercial/olperms.htm. The movement of loads exceeding the legal dimensions is not permitted on Saturdays or Sundays during the months of July and August. All mobile and modular homes exceeding 13ft 6in in width are excluded from moving Friday after noon, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the year.


16. Who do I contact for technical support?

You can contact technical support through InforME at 207-621-2600 (toll free 877-212-6500) Monday through Friday 8-5pm or by email at info@informe.org, which will be handled during business as before mentioned. You may also call the Overlimit Permit Unit for any question Monday through Friday 7:30a.m. to 5p.m. at 207-624-9000 ext. 52134.


17. What if I am using estimates for my dimensions?

Please be as accurate as possible. If you are overestimating, you will not only be charged more, but also may be re-routed, which is not safe. We want to choose the safest way possible for the trip and we need accurate information in order to do so.


 

Questions about this Service? Contact Bureau of Motor Vehicles Main Office at: (207) 624-9000 ext. 52134 or Email: overpermits@maine.gov