Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Driver License

Permits

What is continuous travel?

"Continuous travel" means to operate a vehicle continuously throughout any 24-hour period. These vehicles must abide by the curfew around the large metropolitan areas.

Can I travel on Saturday until noon?

Continuous-travel vehicles and loads may move on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Vehicles with the "sunrise to sunset" restriction travel can only move Monday through Friday; no weekend travel is allowed.

With an overweight permit, how much weight can I carry on a tri, quad or tandem?

Arizona uses the federal bridge formula (see chart in Admin rules R17-6-411 Table 3, Illustration 3) to determine axle weights for overweight vehicles. You will need to know the spacing between each axle, the axle width, the number of tires per axle and the width of tires.

What are the permit fees?

Single-trip permits are issued for 96 hours, or four days, or upon exit from the state (whichever comes first). A registration permit is $1 per axle per 50 miles traveled. Motor carrier fees are $48 per trip for over 50 miles, and $12 per trip of 50 miles or fewer. The fee for use fuel is $65 per trip for over 50 miles traveled, and $16 per trip for 50 miles or fewer. A Class A overdimensional permit is $15, and a Class A overweight permit is $75.

Can we purchase permits over the phone?

No. Permit applications may not be accepted over the phone. You must purchase them at a port of entry, through a permit service or in person at the Commercial Permits Office.

Where do I obtain a USDOT number?

Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.

I was told to call Arizona Commercial Permits for the city of Phoenix routing information.

Commercial Permits has jurisdiction only for state and federal highways. For Phoenix or Tucson streets and county highways see Routing Contacts.

Where is Arizona Commercial Permits office located? Is there an office closer to me?

The Commercial Permits office is located at 1225 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009. There are several ways to obtain a permit from the state of Arizona. You may use a national permit service, obtain permits at a port of entry upon entering Arizona or visit our office at the address above.

What are the Arizona Commercial Permits' hours?

The Commercial Permits' hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays. The ports of entry hours vary, so please contact them directly. See Port and Commercial Permit Locations.

Do I need a 504 tax clearance or bill of lading to pull a mobile home?

To move a used mobile home originating in Arizona, a 504 tax clearance (ad valorem) must be obtained from the county assessor in which the mobile home is located. When a new home is moved from the factory or dealer lot, a bill of lading will be allowed to make this move. Mobile homes originating from out of state are not governed by this restriction. Only Arizona transporter plates are recognized for the movement of the mobile home. If the transporter does not have Arizona transporter plates for the home, a 30-day general-use registration must be purchased to make this move. The cost of this permit is $15.

Whom can I contact for an annual inspection?

Contact Commercial Permits, located at 1225 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays.

What is the phone number for emissions?

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for the emission testing program and laws. For more information, contact the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, toll-free, at 877.692.9227 (877.MyAZCar) or visit the MyAZCar website.

Where can I get a California permit? Does the Arizona Commercial Permits issue them?

For California trip permits, contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles at 916.657.7971; they can also be obtained at truck stops outside California.

For California oversize or overweight permits, contact the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), South Region Permits at 909.383.4637.

For more information on California requirements, visit their Office of Truck Services website.

Arizona Commercial Permits does not issue California permits.

Where can I get a copy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's regulations?

Call the Arizona Motor Transport Association at 602.252.7559, or visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.

Which holidays restrict movement for oversize/overweight loads?

Per Admin Rule, R-17-4-412, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day restrict the movement of oversize/overweight loads. If the above holiday falls on a Monday, the movement must stop before noon the Friday preceding the national holiday.