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Outreach and Training

MS Signs Go MP900433095TxDMV offers a variety of training options to help Motor Carriers, shippers, brokers and freight forwarders get up to speed to conduct business in Texas. 

 

Commercial Fleet Accounts Management

TxDMV offers a customer-focused approach to account management for Texas motor carriers and owners of large fleets of commercial vehicles. Dedicated account management services designed to keep your business moving include:

  • Dedicated account specialists
  • Customized compliance plans
  • Personal assistance with TxIRP or Multi-Year Fleet Registration
  • Market-based solutions to registration
  • A liaison between the customer and governmental agencies

For assistance in determining how our account management program can help you, send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (512) 374-5266.

IRP Compliance Training

TxDMV -- with support from the Texas Motor Transportation Association -- offers apportioned registration record-keeping requirements training. Our staff can review your business processes and offer guidance to improve internal controls. Our goal is to promote self-reliance and compliance.

We provide:

  • Free, on-site training at your preferred location (at owner’s request)
  • Customized training to meet your company’s needs
  • A three-year grace period from IRP audits and examinations

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (512) 374-5263 to schedule an on-site visit.

Need Help With TxPROS?

TxDMV offers several resources to assist you in using TxPROS to order your permits. The TxPROS Quick Start Guide and TxPROS User Guide are a good place to start. Several tutorial videos can assist you with features available in TxPROS.

TxDMV also offers training classes. A one-day-long training class on how to use TxPROS is offered in Austin. For more information or to sign up, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TxPROS - Quick Start Guide

Accounts

Creating a New Account

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Go to the
TxPROS application page

 

 

Then:

  1. Click the create a new company account link at the top of the page.
  2. On the New Company Account Page screen, enter all company information.
  3. Once finished, click the Submit button to save the information to TxPROS.
    1. If your account set up is successful, you will be redirected to the Login Page where you will sign in each time you enter the TxPROS application.
    2. If the login was not successful, you should contact MCD for assistance.

Navigating
TxPROS

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Home Page

Click the Home button to navigate to the home page or Customer Dashboard.

Permit Wizard

Click the Permit Wizard button to initiate the Permit Wizard. The Permit Wizard is a series of questions to help determine the permit that best fits your needs for the load you have.

Page Help

Click the "?" In the top right corner to access Help for the page you are currently on in TxPROS.

Section Help

Hover over  help to access Help for the section you are currently on in TxPROS. These Help items will explain the purpose of that section or provide explanation to help you determine what information you need to provide.

User Guide

TxPROS User Guide

 
Permit Notes

Click the Permit Notes button to add or read any notes for this permit application. Customers and MCD can add and view notes for the permit application.

 

Expand/Collapse

On the Enter a Route page, you can expand and collapse the Enter Trip box to show or hide your routing points. To edit your route, expand the box to change any of your routing points. Some reporting screens also have the expand/collapse function in TxPROS.

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Customer
Dashboard

Permits Panel

The Permits Panel provides a list of all the permits, active and expired, for a particular company and is also the starting point for beginning a new permit application.

Messages Panel

The Messages Panel is used to display any messages to your particular company from MCD as well as messages or announcements sent to all customers or a group of customers.

Statistics Panel

The Statistics Panel will display basic information about the company's Escrow, Hub Closeouts and 1547 permits.

Administrative Panel

The Administrative Panel allows each company to define and alter their account information.

Company Data

The Company Data button opens the Company Information Screen where you can add, edit, and delete items from your Company Assets.

Contacts

Any person that will need access to the TxPROS system, or any person that might need to be contacted by TxDMV at any step of the permitting process should be added into the system as a Contact.

Adding a new contact, address, or yard:
  1. Click the Company Data button in the Administrative Panel.
  2. Click the New button to the right of the information you want to add. (Contacts, Address, Yard).
  3. Enter the appropriate data for the contact you are adding.
  4. Click the Insert button to save or the Cancel button to discard changes.
  5. The new information will appear in the appropriate dropdown list.

For information on adding, editing or deleting customer information, please refer to the TxPROS Online Customer Interface - User Guide.

TxPROS User Guide

 

Company Users

TxPROS users will have the ability to log in to the TxPROS website and order permits.

Adding, or Editing Company Users:

  1. Click the Company Data button in the Administrative Panel.
  2. Click the New or Edit button to the right of User.
  3. Enter or modify the appropriate data for the user.
  4. Click the Insert button to save or the Cancel button to discard changes for new User. If editing an existing User, click the Update button to save of the Cancel button to discard changes.
 
Vehicles

A company can choose to keep a listing of its vehicle inventory which can be used to populate information on the permit application.

Adding or Editing a Company Vehicle:

  1. Click the Company Data button in the Administrative Panel.
  2. Click the New or Edit button to the right of Vehicles.
  3. Enter or modify the appropriate data for the vehicle.
  4. Click the Insert button to save or the Cancel button to discard changes for new vehicles. If editing an existing vehicle, click the Update button to save of the Cancel button to discard changes.

Ordering
a Permit

The TxPROS Customer Interface allows customers to create permit applications for OS/OW and temporary registration within the state of Texas. If the parameters of the load are within limits set by MCD, the permit can be self issued by the customer. However, if the permit exceeds these limits it will be submitted to the Permit Office for issuing.

Starting a Permit Order Application
  1. Click the New Permit link at the top left of the Permits Panel.
  2. If you know what type of permit you need, choose I know which permit I need. Otherwise, select I need help choosing the permit. Choosing I need help choosing the permit will open the Permit Wizard which will ask you several questions to help determine what permit best fits your needs.
  3. If you are ordering a permit for your company, the information entered and saved from the Company Information screen will be filled in for you on the Order Permit page. If you are a wire service and the permit is being issued for another company, search for the company information in the Search By box.
  4. Choose a primary (and additional if desired) delivery method from the drop down menus. If the delivery method information does not auto populate from the saved customer information, enter the necessary information. If the information does auto populate and you want to change it for this permit, enter the updated information.
  5. You may enter a Customer Reference for this permit. This is an optional field on the permit application that enables you to associate a permit to a particular job, job number, or some other internal tracking. This option is not required and has been provided as a service to MCD customers. If information is entered for the Customer Reference, you will be able to search on that information and generate a report for all permits associated to that reference. This reference will also print on the permit.
  6. Select the type of permit that you need by choosing it from the Permit Type dropdown list. After choosing a permit type, the Next and Cancel buttons appear at the bottom.
  7. Enter the start date for the permit by clicking in the Start Date box and choosing a date from the calendar.
  8. Click the Next button to proceed with the permit or Cancel to cancel to cancel the permit application.
  9. Choose the Operating Authority information by selecting the Operating Authority you will use for this permit. Operating Authority options will be different based on the particular permit selected. If an Operating Authority is not required for the permit type selected, this screen will not be shown.
  10. Click the Next button to proceed with the order process, or the Save and Exit button to save your progress and resume the application later.
Entering Vehicle and Load Information
  1. Enter information about your load in the Vehicle and Load Information screen.
  2. Click the Enter Weights button to enter the appropriate axle weights and spacings if the loaded weight exceeds legal.
  3. Enter information about the axle dimensions and axle weights of your load.
  4. Click Validate Weights and Close.
  5. Click the Next button to continue.
  6. The Enter a Route screen is displayed.

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Entering a Route
  1. Choose your origins and destinations to be any combination of specific addresses, intersections, border crossing, and latitude/longitude of a location selected on the map.
  2. When you have made all your routing selections, click Validate and Run.
  3. Once the trip looks satisfactory click the Next button on the top-right of the map.
  4. Review the cost, route directions, and view any notes regarding this application. Click the Permit Notes button in the Navigation Bar to review these notes.
  5. If there are any documents that need to be attached, click New Document and add a PDF of the document you would like included with the permit application.
  6. Click Save and Exit to resume the permit application at a later time or click Payment to continue to the payment page or click Cancel to cancel the permit application.
  7. If you clicked Payment, select the payment method to purchase the permit. If Cash is selected you must also identify which location you will pay for and pick up your permit.
  8. Once the payment is processed, you will get a Permit Submission Successful message. You can click the Permit listed under Permit Number to print a copy of your permit and driving directions. You can also Return to the Dashboard and locate this same permit on the Permits Panel and print the permit. You can Order another permit from this screen or from the Customer Dashboard.

For more information regarding ordering a permit, please refer to the TxPROS Online Customer Interface - User Guide.

TxPROS User Guide

Resuming a Permit Application
  1. Locate the Unfinished permit application you wish to edit on the Permits Panel on the Customer Dashboard.
  2. In the Action column, click Select then Resume Permit.
Editing a Permit Application
  1. Locate the Pending permit application you wish to edit on the Permits Panel.
  2. In the Action column, click Select then Edit Permit.
  3. Make any additional changes that are required and click Save and Exit to continue at a later time or continue through the permit application process.
Cancelling or Deleting a Permit Application
  1. Locate the Pending or Unfinished permit application you wish to cancel on the Permits Panel.
  2. In the Action column, click Select then Cancel Permit. They system will ask you to confirm that you wish to delete this permit.
  3. Click OK to cancel or delete this permit application.

Route
Points

Types of Routes

The following types of routes can be generated:

  • From one location to another location
  • From one location to another location through specified via points selected on the map
  • From one location to another location along specified roadways or through specified intersections

 You can use the above options to do any or all of the following:

  • Generate a split route
  • Add a leg to the beginning of the route for the vehicle to pick up the load
  • Add a leg to the end of the route to drop the unloaded vehicle to a storage yard
Enter a Route Screen

This screen is used to enter the following details about routes to be generated:

  • The origin/destination of the route
  • Path conditions of the route such as the VIA points it should pass through or the roadways it should attempt to use
  • Whether the permit needs to include getting the vehicle to the load or return the vehicle to yard
Selecting an Origin and Destination

When generating a route, you can enter the details of the origin or destination using a variety of methods. The methods are:

  • Specific address
  • Intersection
  • Border Crossing
  • Location select on a map's Lat/Lon/Map
Entering a specific address of an origin or destination
  1. On the Enter a Route screen, in an Origin or Destination field, select Address.
  2. Enter a street address in the Address field.
  3. Enter the city and/or Zip code of the address in the City and Zip fields.
  4. Enter the rest of your origin and destination and click Validate and Run.
  5. Click Validate and Run.

The Trip Results screen displays your route.

 

Selecting an origin or destination using an intersection:
  1. On the Enter a Route screen, in an Origin or Destination field, select Intersection.
  2. Click the Find Intersection link beneath Origin or Destination.
  3. A map panel will open to the right.
  4. Enter the two street locations in the Street 1 and Street 2 boxes. You can also enter a city, but it is not required.
  5. Click the Go button.
  6. Zoom in and click the pushpin that marks the location that you wish to use. That location will be added to the Origin or Destination box to the left.
  7. Enter the rest of your origin and destination and click Validate and Run.

The Trip Results screen displays your route.

 

Selecting an origin or destination at a border crossing
  1. On the Enter a Route screen, in an Origin or Destination field, select Border Crossing.
  2. From the dropdown box beneath the Origin or Destination box, select the proper border crossing.
  3. Enter the rest of your origin and destination, and click Validate and Run.

The Trip Results screen displays your route.


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For more information regarding routing methods, please refer to the TxPROS Online Customer Interface - User Guide.

TxPROS User Guide

Selecting an origin or destination by clicking on a location on the map
  1. In the Enter A Route screen, in an Origin or Destination field, select Lat/Lon /Map.
  2. If you know the actual latitude and longitude location of the location to be used, enter that information into the Lat and Lon boxes. If you do not know the latitude and longitude locations, click the Find link to the right of the Lat and Lon boxes.
  3. The Find Lat Lon on Map screen is displayed to the right.
  4. Use the Find Lat Lon on Map screen to select a routing origin or destination by clicking on a map.
  5. Use the Zoom tool and the Focus City tool to locate the origin or destination location.
  6. Choose the Select option.
  7. Click a location on the map.
  8. Enter the rest of your origin and destination, and click Validate and Run.

The Trip Results screen displays your routes.

Need Help
with my Route

After entering the origin and destination and clicking Validate and Run, check the box above the map that says I have a problem with the route and would like it reviewed. This will send your application to the Permit Office for review and assistance.

Trip Results

The Trip Results screen displays the route generated based on:

  1. Information the user entered about the load
  2. Permit type for which the user is applying
  3. The origin and destination required by the user
  4. Restrictions on the available roadways between the origin and destination

This Trip Results screen consists of the following elements:

  • Route Overview Area
  • Route Details Area
  • Load Dimensions Used During Routing
  • Route Description (Abbreviated Driving Directions)
  • Turn-by-Turn Driving Directions

route map

For more information regarding trip results, please refer to the TxPROS Online Customer Interface - User Guide.

TxPROS User Guide

 

 

Texas Size and Weight Limits

Texas has established size and weight limits for vehicles and loads moving with or without an oversize and/or overweight permit on Texas roadways and bridges.

  • Width is measured from the outside points of the widest extremities, excluding safety devices.
  • Height is measured from the roadbed to the highest point of the load.
  • Length is measured from the foremost point of the vehicle or load, whichever extends further, to the rearmost point of the vehicle or load, whichever extends further.
  • Weight includes the weight of the vehicle or combination, plus the weight of the load being transported.

Legal Size and
Weight Limits

The following maximum dimensions may be operated on Texas’ highways without a permit:

  • Width – 8’6”
  • Height – 14’
  • Length (includes any front/rear overhang):
Vehicle Type Length Limit
Single motor vehicle 45 feet
Truck-tractor Unlimited
Semitrailer, of two-vehicle combination 59 feet
Two- or Three-Vehicle combination other than truck-tractor & semitrailer1 65 feet
Each trailer or semitrailer of a twin-trailer combination 28.5 feet
Traditional boat/auto transporter combination1 65 feet
Commercial truck & stinger-steered semitrailer transporting autos/boats1 75 feet
Front overhang 3 feet
Rear overhang 4 feet
  • Weight:
    • Gross - 80,000 pounds maximum
    • Single axle - 20,000 pounds
    • Tandem axle group - 34,000 pounds
    • Triple axle group - 42,000 pounds
    • Quad axle group - 50,000 pounds

    1Length limit may not be increased with a permit

    2The basis for maximum legal weight is the number of axles. This information, in conjunction with the Permissable Weight Table, is used to determine maximum legal weight for a vehicle.

Texas Permissible Weight Table

Length Limits for Vehicles & Vehicle Combinations

Size Limits for
Movement with a Texas Permit

The following maximum dimensions may be operated on Texas highways with a permit:

Width Limits
Maximum width permitted on holidays 14 feet, except for manufactured housing
Maximum width permitted on controlled access highways (Interstate Highway System) 16 feet, except for manufactured housing
Maximum width permitted without a route inspection certification by applicant on file 20 feet
Maximum width permitted for new houses 34 feet
Maximum width permitted for existing houses 40 feet
Maximum width permitted for new tanks 34 feet
Maximum width permitted for existing tanks 40 feet
Height Limits
Maximum height permitted on holidays 16 feet
Maximum height permitted without a route inspection certification by applicant on file 18 feet, 11 inches
Length Limits
Truck or single vehicle 75 feet
Front overhang 25 feet
Rear overhang 30 feet
Maximum length permitted without a route inspection certification by applicant on file 125 feet

Weight Limits for
Movement with a Texas Permit

The maximum permit weight for an axle or axle group is based on 650 pounds per inch of tire width or the following axle or axle group weight, whichever is the lesser limit. 

Axle Group Maximum
Single 25,000 pounds
Tandem (two axle) 46,000 pounds
Tridem (three axle) 60,000 pounds
Quadrem (four axle) 70,000 pounds
Quint (five axle) 81,400 pounds
Six or more axles Determined by MCD based on engineering study of the equipment and measurements.

  • An axle group must have a minimum spacing of four feet between axles within the group.
  •  Weight may not exceed the manufacturer’s rated tire carrying capacity.
  •  The weight of two or more consecutive axle groups with an axle spacing of less than 12 feet between groups, will be reduced by 2.5% for each foot less than 12 feet.
  • The weight for an axle group should be distributed equally between axles in the group to not allow more than a 10% weight difference between any two axles in the group.

Trunnion axles may have up to 30,000 pounds per axle if the trunnion configuration has two axles, eight tires per axle, the axles are at least 10-feet wide and there is at least five feet of spacing between the axles, but not more than six feet.

Travel on load-restricted roads requires that the axle and axle group weights be load-zoned. Load-zoned weight is 10% less than the maximum permitted. For example, load-zoned weight on a tandem is 41,400 pounds.

Vehicles and loads with axle, axle group and gross weight that exceed these limits may qualify for a Super Heavy permit.

* Some crane and oil well servicing unit related permit types allow weight in excess of 650 pounds per inch on the steer axle(s).

 Super Heavy Single-Trip Permits

More Information

TxPROS Information and Tutorials

TxPROS mark stacked NOtagLine rgbThe Texas Permitting & Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) is an online permitting and GIS-based mapping system that allows customers to apply for and self issue many permits. It modernizes the routing and permitting of oversize and overweight loads and provides real-time restriction management.

TxPROS allows you to manage your company's account information. You are encouraged to "clean-up" your account in TxPROS when you first access the new system. Please add missing information and update addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Adding an email address to your account will allow TxDMV to send you important information related to oversize/overweight permits and the motor carrier industry.

Using TxPROS

txprosA username and password is required to log in to TxPROS. Our former Central Permit System (CPS) is retired but you can access TxPROS using your CPS login and password. If you don’t have an account set-up, simply click Create a New Company Account on the TxPROS home page.

Need Help with TxPROS?

TxDMV offers several resources to assist you in using TxPROS to order your permits. The TxPROS Quick Start Guide and TxPROS User Guide are a good place to start. We have also developed several tutorial videos to assist you with the various features available in TxPROS. TxDMV also offers training classes. A half-day training class on how to use TxPROS is offered in Austin. The free, on-site classes are 8 a.m. to noon on the following Wednesdays: May 14, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, and November 19. For more information or to sign up, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Getting Started in TxPROS

How to Login and Create a New Account in TxPROS

Using the Permit Wizard and Other Help Options

Viewing Customer Information in TxPROS

Customer Permit Reports

Viewing the Permit Details Page

Viewing Messages and Stats Panels

Managing your Company Data

 

More Information

TxPROS delivers several benefits to oversize and overweight load permit customers, including the following:

  • Increased route safety
  • Faster permit issuance
  • Self-issue capabilities
  • Turn-by-turn directions

Designed in cooperation between TxDMV and the motor carrier industry, TxPROS comes with the following features:

  • Permit Wizard - An optional tool to help customers understand which permit may be best for their move. It will make permit recommendations based on answers to a series of questions regarding load type, size and weight.
  • Customer Dashboard - This tool will include current permit application status, messages from TxDMV, customer statistics and links to various functions. Functions will include company data, yards, account user set up, vehicle inventory, escrow and report generation.

TxPROS: Details on Development, Launch and Operation

Compliance Programs for Oversize/Overweight Vehicles and Loads

Texas roadways and bridges are engineered and constructed to withstand usage within certain size and weight limitations. When these limitations are exceeded, structural damage, excessive road-wear, and road hazards can result. To ensure the safety of the traveling public and to extend the life-cycle of our roadways and structures, restrictions are placed on oversize/overweight loads. When loads exceeding legal size and weight restrictions cannot be reasonably dismantled for shipment, permits should be obtained to allow for their transport over state roadways.

TxDMV is responsible for regulating the transport of oversize/overweight vehicles and loads on Texas public highways by issuing permits and enforcing related vehicle size and weight laws. These activities help maintain public safety and protect the integrity of Texas’ highways and bridges.

Enforcement Program

The oversize/overweight enforcement program was developed and implemented to meet statutory requirements and to support TxDMV goals. We will use the following approaches to enforce oversize/overweight rules and regulations:

Education – to encourage openness/cooperation between the industry and TxDMV
  • Personnel will attend and conduct educational presentations at industry trade shows, meetings, and seminars in an effort to keep motor carriers and shippers well-informed of changes in enforcement and to encourage an atmosphere of openness and cooperation among the industry and TxDMV.
  • Notices concerning changes in guidelines, regulations, and other important information will also be provided on TxDMV’s website, by e-mail, and/or postal mailings.
  • Staff will conduct and attend conferences with other TxDMV workgroups, local and state agencies, and government organizations to provide information and ensure cooperation in the enforcement of size and weight rules and regulations.
Monitoring – to ensure compliance with the Transportation Code
  • An online complaint management system is available to encourage involvement by the public and other organizations in reporting size and weight violations.
  • Personnel will conduct complaint-driven and routine inspections to ensure carriers and shippers comply with the rules and regulations that govern oversize/overweight vehicles and loads.
  • Investigations will consist of interviews, physical inspections of vehicles, audits of company records, and examinations of any other relevant materials to ensure compliance.
Penalties – to enforce compliance with the Transportation Code
  • Carriers and shippers found to be in violation of Texas size and weight regulations can be subject to written warnings, administrative penalties, and/or revocation/denial of the motor carrier’s certificate of registration and oversize/overweight permits.
  • Carriers and shippers found to be operating after a court-ordered injunction may be subject to additional sanctions as determined by the judge.

Compliance Goals

Increased compliance with oversize/overweight regulations will help meet TxDMV’s goals to reduce congestion, enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality, and increase the value of our transportation assets by producing incentives for shippers and carriers to comply with size and weight laws and, when required, to obtain oversize/overweight permits. Permitted loads are routed to help control their traffic flow on Texas’ roadways, avoid high-traffic areas during peak periods, and ensure that loads do not hinder traffic or create safety hazards by damaging bridges and roadways. Additionally, ensuring compliance with rules and regulations helps create a more level playing field and expands economic opportunities for carriers operating in Texas.

As Texas continues to grow, more demands are placed upon its transportation system. Implementation of this enforcement program is a proactive step toward protecting the state’s roadways from damage by illegal oversize/overweight loads. By implementing a compliance program that incorporates open communication, along with an effective education program, and active monitoring, TxDMV will help ensure compliance with oversize/overweight regulations, thus protecting the public, the transportation system, and transported loads.

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