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Overweight Bulletin

North Dakota Truck-Weight Education and Outreach Program Free Training

Topics Covered in training:                                                  

  • Update of road-weight limits and differences between the state interstate systems.
  • Laws governing gross weights, axle weights, tire weights, road-restriction weight, and seasonally increased (winter and harvest) weights.
  • Road damage issues: how overweight trucks cost us all. 
  • Overweight truck issues go beyond just gross and axle weights.
  • Classroom exercises to help you identify legal weights on your own trucks.
  • Do I have the right number tires and tire width for the weight?             
  • Issues to consider when purchasing a new truck, or altering a current truck.


Motor Carrier Division

The Motor Carrier division consists of several programs dedicated to commercial motor vehicle safety:

  • Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
  • Border Inspections Program (BIP)
  • New Entrant Program
  • Size and Weight Enforcement
  • Permitting/E-permits system


The Motor Carrier Division consists of a divisional commander that has oversight of the division, coordinates and acts as a liaison with the NDDOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration. There is an operational commander and an administrative assistant who coordinate the day-to-day activities of the division and two sergeants, eight sworn troopers and two civilian inspectors assigned to the MCSAP program. There are three troopers assigned to the Border Inspection Program. There are three civilians inspectors assigned to the New Entrant program. In the permit office, there is a permit supervisor and three permit specialists. The size and weight enforcement program has five troopers under the Motor Carrier division and 11 troopers assigned out to the regional office locations.

The Motor Carrier division is challenged with reducing commercial vehicle crashes by performing commercial vehicle inspections, safety audits, compliance reviews and coordinating the motor carrier permit system. The division protects the highway infrastructure through size and weight enforcement and permitting of overweight/over-dimensional load movements.  The Motor Carrier division oversees nine fixed weigh/inspection stations, 13 weigh-in-motion sites, and numerous turnout locations throughout the state that are used for inspections and weight enforcement. The division is responsible for developing the state’s size and weight enforcement plan and commercial vehicle safety plan.


Motor Carrier Documents

Truck Routing Maps

US DOT Number

Applications for US DOT numbers can be obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Contact them online or call their Bismarck office at (701) 250-4346 . There is no charge for a US DOT number.

Uniform County Truck Permits

Obtain permits for non-reducible oversize/overweight vehicles and load movements traveling on county roads in coal, oil, and gas producing counties here.

Solid Waste Transportation Permit

Applications for Solid Waste Transportation permits can be obtained online from the ND Deptartment of Health's Division of Waste Management or at (701) 328-5166.

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)

North Dakota Department of Transportation’s (NDDOT) International Fuel Tax Agreement program, gives North Dakota motor carriers the option to renew licenses, file quarterly reports, and purchase additional decals. Access NDDOT's Motor Carrier Online Services or at (701) 328-2928.

International Registration Plan (IRP)

North Dakota carriers wishing to register motor vehicles under the International Registration Plan (IRP) must call NDDOT's Motor Carrier Services at (701) 328-1287.

Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)

Renewal applications for North Dakota Unified Carrier Registration are available through NDDOT's Motor Carrier UCR Online Renewal System or at (701) 328-1287.