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Do I Need To Stop At Weigh Stations With A Rental Truck?

Do Rental Trucks Stop At Weigh Stations

If you're moving long distance and have decided to rent a truck you may be wondering, do I need to stop at weigh stations? This is a very common question which is spurred by the fact that there is no universal answer. Truck rental locations will usually tell you that you must indeed stop at all weigh stations whereas an Internet search will likely yield the opposite. To help our customers, or anyone completing a do-it-yourself move with a rental truck, we have put together this quick guide.

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Weigh Stations and Rental Trucks

To make a very confusing answer to this question as simple as possible we abide by a single rule: Most states do not require non-commercial vehicles to stop at weigh stations, so if you are hauling personal property, such as your household items, you can generally pass right on by. With that said, if you are ever unsure, you should always stop. It is very likely that you will be waived through the bypass lane.

But wait! There are two important exceptions to this rule:

  1. At the border of Florida and Georgia, the Florida Department of Agriculture requires all trucks, trailers and explicitly "rental trucks" to stop for an agricultural inspection
  2. In several parts of New Mexico, Arizona and California rental trucks are required to stop for immigration checkpoints

State by State Regulations

If you'd like to know more about the individual states that you will be passing through you had better be prepared for a lot of work. As previously mentioned, there is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic because there is rarely an official answer. If you call an individual state's Department of Transportation you may get varying answers from different people. We've published a summary and links for the state's which have officially published information on this topic.

Many state's officially indicate that truck rentals weighing more than 10,000 lbs are considered commercial vehicles and should stop at weigh stations. Just about any rental truck larger than a 10' truck has a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 lbs. The good news? If you are moving personal property you will likely be waived right through.

StateStop?Summary
ArkansasSometimesOnly commercial vehicles. This includes truck rentals hauling commercial goods.
CaliforniaAlwaysAll truck rentals must stop.
FloridaSometimesIf a rental truck is being used to move personal property (not commercial) it does not need to stop. This does not apply to Agricultural Inspection Stations, all trucks and trailers, including rental trucks, are required to stop.
Georgia
Over 10,000lbsAll truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
IndianaYesAll trucks are required to enter open weigh stations
Kansas
Over 10,000lbs
All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Maryland
Over 10,000lbsAll truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Nebraska
YesAll truck rentals must stop.
Ohio
Over 10,000lbsAll truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Oregon
NoTruck rentals hauling personal property do not have to stop.
South Carolina
YesTruck rentals hauling personal property must stop but will likely be waived through.
Washington
NoRental trucks carrying personal property do not have to stop.

Although these links point to the government website that oversees weigh stations in their state, many do not have a published response. Most of the information we have provided is directly from responses received by an e-mail or phone call with a state official authorized to speak about this matter.