Overweight permits for truckers hauling groceries extended

​​​​Release date: March 26​, 2020

At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today announced a two-week extension for overweight permits that allow truckers to supply grocery stores impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximat​ely 50 fleet permits were issued, representing thousands of trucks carrying vital goods and supplies throughout Wisconsin. The permits had been set to expire March 28, 2020​​. The new order from the governor ​grants a two-week exte​nsion. An updated permit with the new end date (April 11, 2020), along with a copy of the new declaration, will be sent to t​he permit ho​lders​.  ​

“Truckers across the country are hard at work to keep grocery shelves in stock, and we want to do everything we can to help,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “The number of these permits in use shows tremendous demand, and I want to thank everyone involved in this effort.”

New applications for the permits can be made here: COVID-19 Permit Information and Application Instructions.  More information is available at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx.

Permits issued by WisDOT authorize the operation of any vehicle combination at a maximum gross weight up to of 88,000 pounds. A permit may only authorize weights not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle, gross axle combination, or gross vehicle weight limitations under Wis. Stat. §§ 348.15.​

Permit applications can also be submitted by completing the information below and emailing it to oversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov, faxing it to (608) 264-7751 Attn: COVID-19, or mailing it to Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Highway Maintenance, P.O. Box 7980, Madison WI 53707-7980.

  • WI Oversize permits account #:
  • US DOT #:
  • Company name:
  • Address/City/State/Zip code:​
  • Phone number:
  • Email address:
  • Contact person:
  • Number of units:

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov