Frequently Asked Questions

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Highway Permit FAQ

Q. Do I need a permit if my truck is empty?

A. This depends on which province/territory/state you will travel through. Some provinces and states will still require permits, others will not require a permit, and others will require you to pay fuel tax. Permit Now can help you confirm you’re travelling legally.

Q. How long is my permit valid?

A. This answer varies and is completely dependent on the type of permit and where it is issued. Before requesting a permit to be issued, make sure you research how long it will be valid. Our team would love to help.

Q. How do I know if I need a temporary trip or fuel permit?

A. If you are not actively registered with IRP or IFTA and are travelling between Canada and the United States, you will likely need a temporary trip and/or fuel permit. If you’re unsure, give Permit Now a call!

Q. I didn’t fuel up. Do I need to pay a province’s fuel tax?

A. Yes! Fuel tax isn’t necessarily about the fuel you purchase, but more about the use of a province’s or state’s highways.

Q. How will I know if my load is overweight or oversize?

A. Each province, territory, and state is responsible for establishing parameters for weight and dimensions. There are a lot of considerations that go into these guidelines, including axle grouping and spacing. Check with each local government to find out if your load qualifies as oversize or overweight. You can also contact Permit Now for help!

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