Electronic Permit Allowances

A majority of states are now allowing drivers to carry and display oversize load permits electronically, instead of having to carry paper copies.

Carrying and displaying oversize/overweight load permits electronically will provide convenience for those drivers who use a smart phone, tablet or laptop to conduct business. 

Drivers are taking caution as those who rely on smart phones only to show electronic permits in states allowed must be within their data carriers service area. If out of the coverage area, the driver will be considered as having no permit. 

New states are being added all the time, please check this list frequently for updates. 

Below is the breakdown of where each state sits on electronic versus paper permits.

Updated April 22, 2020

AL — Electronic permits allowed on both laptop and phones

AK — Must be able to show permit regardless of service area, otherwise will be considered to have no permit

AZ — Electronic permits are allowed but paper copy is preferred 

AR — Electronic permits allowed on seven-inch screen or larger

CA — Electronic transportation permits (RCATZ/STARS2 only) and any required accompaniments are allowed on any electronic device, no minimum screen size

CO — Electronic permit allowed, no minimum screen size

CT — Electronic verification of permit is acceptable, no minimum screen size.  The driver must be able to produce the permit on an electronic devise to show enforcement if pulled over. 

DE — Must have paper permit, state does not allow electronic hand held devices at all per state law

FL — Electronic permits are allowed with no minimum screen size, although blanket permits must be a paper copy

GA — Allow for electronic display of single trip permits

HI – Must have paper permit

ID – Oversize & overweight permits can be displayed electronically. No minimum screen size. Temporary registrations/fuel permits must be hard copy. 

IL — Paper required if Police escort is required. All others acceptable just have to be downloaded so it is readable such as a PDF. No certain screen size or device required

IN — Paper required if Police escort is required.  No certain screen size or device required

IA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

KS — State law says paper permits only, however some highway patrol will accept electronic permits with permit number

KY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

LA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size, permits must be legible 

ME — Electronic permits are acceptable as long as they can be read by the officer, no minimum screen size

MD — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet. No minimum screen size

DC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MA — Must have paper permit

MI — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size, they must be signed on the device

MN – Electronic permits are acceptable on laptops, tablets or smartphone device, no minimum screen size, must provide complete and legible copies of the permit and general provisions

MS — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MO — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

MT —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NE —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NV — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NH — Electronic permits are acceptable if permit can be signed electronically 

NJ — Must have paper permit

NM — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NY THRU — Must have paper permit

NC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

ND — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

OH — Beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2020, special hauling permits issued through the OHPASS system may be shown when needed via an electronic device, such as a mobile phone. All other rules and regulations apply.

OK — Must have paper permit

OR — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

PA — Must have paper permit

RI — Still requires a paper copy but they are considering allowing electronic copies in the future, 4-5 months out minimum

SC — Must have paper permit

SD — Electronic permits allowed, must be legible, no specific guidelines around screen size

TN — Electronic permits are acceptable

TX — Up to law enforcement’s discretion, paper copy is still recommended

UT – Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VA — Electronic permits are acceptable

WA — Electronic permits are acceptable, but takes no responsibility for loss or damage to electronic devices. Permits containing routing information require the electronic device to have a screen display of no less than three and a half inches by five inches. Other permit types may have smaller screen displays. Must be legible or have zoom capability. Must allow physical control of the device by law enforcement. The permittee must comply with the requirements for electronic display of a permit or must have a paper copy of the permit carried on the power unit at all times while transporting the permitted load. Trip and Fuel permits are the only permit types that must be printed out and signed in ink and may not be stored electronically.

WV — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet, no minimum screen size

WI — Must have paper permit, farmers can show their no cost permits electronically

WY — Electronic Permits are allowed, no minimum screen size

Canadian Provinces

AB — Electronic permits only are acceptable, no minimum screen size

BC — Electronic permits acceptable, must be downloaded before they enter in case there is no service, no minimum screen requirement

MB— Electronic permits accepted on single move permits, paper copy is required for Annuals

NF — Paper is preferred but electronic permits are allowed in an emergency, no screen requirement

NB — Paper copy only

NWT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NS — Must have paper permit

ON — Must have paper permit

PE — Must have paper permit

QB — Must have paper permit

SK — Electronic permits acceptable, no minimum screen size

YK — Must have paper permit

NU — Must have paper permit