Transportation Permit Submittal Process

The State of California Vehicle Code authorizes local authorities’’ to permit the operation and moving of vehicles and loads upon highways within each jurisdiction.  Assembly Bill No. 1849 amended Sections 35781 and 35795 of the Vehicle code to require a standard permit form and fee in compliance with Caltrans requirements.

Transportation Permits are required when a vehicle and/or vehicle load is larger than 8’6” in width, 14’ in height, 40’ in length (single unit) or 65’ in length (combo unit). Transportation Permits are issued on a single trip or annual basis, and are enforced by County Sheriffs and the California Highway Patrol.

What is required?

Applicants or their authorized representatives shall sign and submit a transportation permit application with appropriate fees. The application should be submitted along with a copy of State of California (Caltrans) permit and Certificate of Liability Insurance.

How to apply?

See the Transportation Permit Restrictions and Conditions to apply for an Annual Permit or a Single Trip Permit.  Single trip permits are valid for three (3) consecutive days. Annual fees are valid to the date of insurance expiration date within a year.

How to pay?

The cost of Transportation permits are as follows: $16.00 Single Trip Permit and $90.00 Annual Permit. If the liability insurance expires prior to one year, fees will be prorated by staff.

Accepted methods of payment for both permits are cash, check, credit card, traveler’s check, or money order (payable to County of Orange). The Credit Card Authorization Form is available online.

The County’s Cashier is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where to submit?

There are options you may choose from when submitting an application:

  • You may submit your application and pay fees in person, via courier or US mail to OC Public Works / OC Development Services at 601 N. Ross Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
  • You may submit your permit application via email to the County permit manager at: envelope icon or
    fax to the OC Development Services fax number at phone icon (714) 667.7522

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the permit process, please contact us on our Customer Service line
at phone icon(714) 667.8888

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