Online Overlimit Permits

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For Immediate Release
May 13, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar, Deputy Secretary of State
626-8404

Bureau of Motor Vehicles Launches New Over Limit Permit Service

Motor Carrier Industry and Public to Benefit from New Service

AUGUSTA, MAINE – With the busy season of moving large non-divisible loads within the state approaching, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced the launch of a new online Over Limit Permit Service. Companies and individuals requiring an over limit permit within the State of Maine will now have the option to obtain one online, at a lower cost than previously possible, by visiting www.maine.gov/overlimit.

“This new service is part of the Department of the Secretary of State's overall goal to make information and services available to the public in convenient and cost-effective ways. We're pleased to offer businesses and individuals a new method to apply for an over limit permit. It's now among dozens of meaningful online services offered by the Department,” Secretary Dunlap commented.

This new service allows users to submit the required information for an over limit trip permit request to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles via the Internet. Once the permit has been reviewed, it is returned to the permittee for approval and purchase. The flexibility of the system allows users to purchase permits with a credit card or a subscription account, and the cost is lower using this online service than other available methods for obtaining an over limit trip permit . Additionally, subscribers may save information about themselves and their vehicles in templates to speed up the application process. Once an over limit permit has been purchased, the permit may be printed immediately.

“The online Over Limit Permit Service is yet another example of the commitment of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to bring services to the businesses and citizens of the state," commented Garry Hinkley, Motor Carrier Services Chief at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. "We are excited to provide this service for our large load haulers, who now can apply for permits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, permits still must be reviewed and approved by a BMV permit specialist for safety and routing.”

Any vehicle transporting non-divisible loads in excess of legal dimension or weight limits must obtain an over limit permit. Permits issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles apply only to those highways or bridges under the jurisdiction of the Maine Department of Transportation. Permits are issued to protect public safety, to protect highways and bridges, and to minimize impacts on traffic.

Maine's Over Limit Permit Application is a service of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in partnership with InforME, the State of Maine's private-sector partner and official web portal provider. More information about the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is available by visiting www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/. All online services and official State of Maine web pages can be accessed from the state portal: www.Maine.gov (http://www.maine.gov/).