Federal Disaster Relief Permit

Federal Disaster Relief PermitTxDMV issues the Federal Disaster Relief Permit for the transportation of divisible commodities consisting of emergency relief supplies. The Federal Disaster Relief Permit is only available during national emergencies or major disasters declared by the President of the United States. This permit expires 120 days from the date of the President’s declaration.

Vehicles moving under this permit may travel to and within the geographical area covered by the emergency declaration to either:

  • Assist in expediting debris removal from roadways, staging areas, or temporary structure locations.
  • Deliver relief supplies (the entire load must consist of relief supplies).

Note: This permit is only valid for travel in Texas. If the geographical location listed in the emergency declaration is in another state, carriers must contact each state they will travel through for individual state permits.

NOTE: You must verify the size and weight limits needed BEFORE seeking a special permit.

Operating Authority Requirements

During the permit application process, you must provide your USDOT Number. TxDMV will check the number against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) system, MCMIS, for any out-of-service orders prior to permit issuance. The permit will be issued to the company name as it is listed for the USDOT Number.

Size & Weight Requirements


  • The vehicle and load may not exceed legal size limits.


  • 21,500 pounds per axle
  • 43,000 pounds per two axle group
  • 53,000 pounds per three axle group (wheelbase more than 8' and less than 13')
  • 160,000 pounds gross weight

How to Apply

You may also call (800) 299-1700.

Fees & Payment Information

There is no fee for this permit.

More Information

  • You may not travel over a load-restricted bridge or load-restricted road when exceeding the posted capacity of the bridge or road.
  • Review your permit for specific curfews and conditions that apply to your load and movement.
  • Permit is not valid without a copy of the declaration issued by the President of the United States attached. Visit following link for a copy: https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/press-releases.
  • Permit may not be used in conjunction with any other oversize or overweight permits.