Do rental trucks have to stop at weigh stations?
Weigh station rules for rental trucks
Planning to drive your household goods across the country in a rental truck? You may need to get the truck weighed during the trip! While not every state requires you to stop at weigh stations in a rental truck, bypassing them in one that does can lead to costly fines. Use the following information as you map your course.
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When do rental trucks have to stop at weigh stations?
Unfortunately, there’s no general answer since weigh station rules vary by state and how much weight you’re transporting. To help you plan for your move, we contacted each state’s respective department that governs weigh stations — the Department of Transportation (DOT), highway patrol, or department of public safety, motor carrier or commercial vehicles — to find out.
Note: Weigh station laws can change regularly, so you may want to confirm the details with the states you’ll be passing through. When in doubt, pull over. If stopping isn’t required, a DOT officer or station employee will wave you through.
Rules for each state
Check out this map for a quick look at weigh station laws by state. If a state you’ll be driving in is blue, consult the list below for the specifics.
Alabama — No
Alaska — No
Arizona — No
Arkansas — No
California — Yes
Colorado — No
Connecticut — No
Delaware — Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.
Florida — Yes, and at all Agriculture Inspection Stations (stations set up to prevent unsafe plants, animal pests and food from entering Florida)
Georgia — No
Hawaii — No
Idaho — No
Illinois — Only if the truck exceeds 16,000 lbs.
Indiana — No
Iowa — No
Kansas — Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.
Kentucky — No
Louisiana — No
Maine — No
Maryland — Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.
Massachusetts — According to the Massachusetts state police, “We do not use weigh stations. Our truck team pulls over commercial vehicles on an as-needed basis.”
Michigan — Yes
Minnesota — No
Mississippi — No
Missouri — Only if the truck exceeds 18,000 lbs.
Montana — Only if the truck exceeds 26,000 lbs.
Nebraska — Yes
Nevada — Yes
New Hampshire — No
New Jersey — No
New Mexico — Yes
New York — No
North Carolina — Only if the truck exceeds 10,001 lbs.
North Dakota — No
Ohio — No
Oklahoma — No
Oregon — Only if the truck exceeds 20,000 lbs.
Pennsylvania — Yes
Rhode Island — No
South Carolina — Yes
South Dakota — Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.
Tennessee — Yes
Texas — No
Utah — No
Vermont — Yes
Virginia — Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.
Washington — Only if the truck’s gross vehicle weight exceeds the posted weight for the scale
West Virginia — No
Wisconsin — Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.
Wyoming — Yes
Recommendations from truck rental companies
It’s also a good idea to check with the rental company you’re using to see if they have specific guidelines regarding weigh stations. Here’s what’s listed on the websites of three major truck rental services:
- U-Haul®. “The laws vary from state to state. Normally, U-Haul customers moving their own household goods are not required to stop because it is not a commercial move. However, some states require that all trucks stop at weigh stations. If in doubt, stop.”
- Budget®. “We advise our customers to stop at highway weigh stations. The majority of the time, customers are waved through since they are moving their personal belongings. However, there are some locations that will make the customer stop and weigh the truck.”
- Penske®. “Pay attention to road signs pertaining to trucks” — which includes weigh stations.
Tips for stopping at a weigh station
If you do have to pull over, follow these tips for a smooth experience:
- Slow down to the posted speed limit and keep plenty of distance between yourself and other vehicles
- Watch for signs indicating what lane you should be in
- Comply with all directions given by a DOT officer or weigh station employee
- Let the officer know you’re transporting household goods if you’re stopped for questioning or inspection
Want to move without stopping at weigh stations?
It can be time consuming to slow down and pull through multiple weigh stations during a long distance move. Get to your destination sooner by using a moving service like U-Pack®. With U-Pack, you do all the packing and loading, and we do all the driving, which means you don’t have to worry about weigh stations at all! Get a quote online or call 800-413-4799.
Leave a comment below if you have any other questions about rental trucks and weigh stations. We’ll be happy to help!
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