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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 Operations

NDHP Motor Carrier Operations consists of two commanders, two sergeants, eight sworn troopers, an administrative assistant and 11 civilian inspectors. All of these positions are assigned to a federally-funded Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). Three civilian inspectors are assigned to the New Entrant Program and four to the Border Inspection Program. Motor Carrier Operations is also responsible for the Permit Section, which consists of a supervisor and four vehicle size and weight permit specialists.

Motor Carrier Operations is challenged with reducing commercial vehicle crashes by performing commercial vehicle inspections, safety audits, compliance reviews and coordinating the motor carrier permit system.  Motor Carrier Operations also oversees six fixed weigh/inspection stations, 12 weigh-in-motion sites, and numerous turnout locations throughout the state, used for inspections and weight enforcement.

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.