Stopping at weigh stations during a long-distance move
Relocating out of state can have a lot of moving parts, especially if you’re renting a truck. These vehicles are much larger than personal ones, and driving a moving truck can be tricky if you’re not used to one. And depending on what states you’re traveling through, you may be required to stop at commercial weigh stations.
Keep reading for a list of rules for each state and learn about U-Pack® — a DIY moving alternative that allows you to skip the weigh stations.
Which states require U-Haul® and other rental trucks to stop at weigh stations?
We did the research for you so you can quickly see which states require rental trucks to stop at weigh stations. Keep in mind that while this list was accurate at the time of posting, laws can change at any time.
|State||Does rental truck have to stop at weigh stations?|
|Alaska||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Arizona||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Florida||Yes, and at all agricultural stations|
|Georgia||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Hawaii||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Illinois||Yes, if GVWR is over 16,000 lbs.|
|Indiana||Yes, if GVWR is over 16,000 lbs.|
|Iowa||Yes, if GVWR is over 16,000 lbs.|
|Kansas||Yes, all vehicles registered as trucks must stop.|
|Maryland||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Minnesota||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Missouri||Yes, if GVWR is over 18,000 lbs.|
|New Jersey||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|New York||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|North Carolina||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|North Dakota||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Ohio||Yes, if GVWR is over 10,000 lbs.|
|Oregon||Yes, if GVWR is over 20,000 lbs.|
|South Dakota||Yes, if GVWR is over 8,000 lbs.|
|Virginia||Yes, if GVWR is over 7,500 lbs.|
|Wisconsin||Only if the truck exceeds 10,000 lbs.|
*Trucks over 26,000 lbs. must stop, but no rental trucks should exceed this weight.
FAQs about weigh station stops in moving trucks
What if I don’t know if I need to stop?
If you’re unsure about the need to go through the weigh station in your rental truck, it’s best to stop. If you’re not required to stop, officers will wave you through the line, and you’ll be back on your way.
What if I forget to stop at a weigh station?
Try not to miss a stop because you could be pulled over and face expensive fines or tickets. The penalties vary by state.
How do I go through a weigh station?
Look for signs with instructions and information. These will indicate if the station is open or closed and provide lane directions and speed limits as you approach.
Once you enter the weigh station:
- Keep a safe distance from other trucks.
- Comply with all directions given by the officers.
- Report that you're transporting household goods.
- Wait for instructions. You might be waved through or stopped for questioning or inspection.
- Merge back onto the highway and continue your drive when finished.
Want to skip weigh stations?
If you want a DIY move without weigh station stops, U-Pack is the perfect solution. We drive the moving equipment and deliver it to your new home — all you have to do is pack, load and unload (or hire moving labor to help!). U-Pack prices are comparable to truck rental, and you don’t have the hassle of driving a moving truck.
Get your free moving quote online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. If you have questions about weigh station rules or U-Pack services, let us know in the comments. We’re happy to help!
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