The State of North Carolina’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) requires trucks to obtain a permit when transporting oversized or overweight loads across the state's roads and highways. A condition of the permit is for the truck operator to acquire the Oversize or Overweight Permit Bond. The bond acts as a fiscal guarantee for potential roadway damages and ensures that the truck operator will comply with the permit schedule.
Jet helps you secure the required Oversize or Overweight Permit Bond quickly online at an affordable rate.
North Carolina issues single trip, annual/blanket, and superload permits. Each permit type has a specific surety bond limit, which is decided by the Chief Engineer of the NCDOT after your permit application has been submitted.
With Jet, Overweight or Oversize Permit Bonds start at $100 annually. The bond rates are determined by the bond limit and truck operator’s personal credit. You can find examples below of preferred credit scores in accordance with their bond limit.
You are able to apply, purchase, and have your bond fully executed instantly online. Jet’s online bond process allows you to choose if the bond is sent to you directly or straight to NCDOT. Either way, we won’t charge you shipping!
The Central Permit Unit has three different types of permits for transporting overweight or oversized loads. Below you can find the three types and their definitions:
Single Trip Permit - Only issued to the registered owner of the vehicle and valid for 10 calendar days for a single one-way trip. Dimension qualifications can be found in 19A NCAC 02D .0602 Part C.
Annual/Blanket Permit - Issued for unlimited movement on all North Carolina highways, as permitted by the posted road and bridge limits, and with the requirement of an escort for vehicles and vehicle combinations transporting farm equipment. Dimension qualifications can be found in 19A NCAC 02D .0602 Part B.
Superload Permit - For the movement of a vehicle and vehicle combination with a gross weight of 132,000 pounds or more and a width of 15 feet or more. Other qualifications can be found in 19A NCAC 02D .0601 Part C.
The Chief Engineer of the Central Permit Unit takes into account the risks associated with the dimensions of the physical transport, as well as the route and schedule of the transport when determining the bond limit. The Central Permit Unit will notify you of this decision so that you are able to acquire your bond in a timely manner.
The Oversize or Overweight Permit Bond needs to be filed with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Jet makes it easy and mails the bond directly to the NCDOT for you. If you have other paperwork to submit and would like to mail the original bond with it, you can request this during check out. The original bond is mailed to the address below:
North Carolina Department of Transportation
1501 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1501
The Central Permit Unit, also referred to as the Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit, has the primary goal of protecting the safety of the public and preserving state roads and infrastructures. Because of this, the Central Permit Unit and the NCDOT work together to ensure that these responsibilities are met by requiring transport permits and bonds for traveling overweight or oversized vehicles in North Carolina. The permit ensures that a trucker uses designated routes on the date(s) and during the hours specified on each permit. The Oversize or Overweight Permit Bond acts as guarantee to NCDOT that if damages to pavement, structures, bridges, roadways, drainage structures, or other damages occur that the truck driver will be held financially responsible.
The NCDOT and the Central Permit Unit regulate highway/road conditions, gross and axle weights, permitted times of travel, vehicle escorting, curfews, and other considerations necessary to ensure safe travel on North Carolina roads. Truck operators transporting overweight or oversized loads on state roads need to follow all permit rules and regulations as well as the North Carolina Statutes 19A NCAC 02D .0601 and 19A NCAC 02D .0602. Below are few key areas that truck operators should avoid during transporting operations:
The NCDOT Commissioner is in charge of investigating violations and may enact civil penalties against the truck operator. These penalties could include minor disciplinary actions like a small fine or serious penalties such as large fines, civil charges, refusal to issue future transport permits, and a possible claim on the bond. The Commissioner will ensue an investigation regarding all permit violation complaints and possible damage violations. If the violation(s) proves to be valid, the Commissioner may file a claim on your bond.
Immediately contact Jet upon receipt of a claim notice from the Commissioner. Jet will review the details of the claim, but because the claim comes from a government agency that has already conducted a thorough investigation, there is only so much Jet can do.
If the claim is proven to be valid, Jet will make payment up to the bonding limit. The truck operator is ultimately responsible for their actions and must reimburse the surety company (Jet) for paid claims. Failure to do so will result in difficulties obtaining the required Overweight or Oversize Permit Bond when a new permit is needed.
Jet takes pride in making the application process as efficient as possible! Our online bond process for the Oversize or Overweight Permit Bond will ask for some basic information such as the truck operators social security number. For an approved rate, a soft credit check is completed in just seconds. Once you select the monthly or annual option and make payment, Jet will send the original bond form to be filed with the NCDOT.
Yes, each Oversize or Overweight Permit Bond is given a set amount of time to be in place that will correspond with the permit’s active status. The bond may not be cancelled or renewed by the Surety (Jet) before the expiration date has been met. Once the bond has expired, you and Jet will be released from liability with the NCDOT.