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Do Rental Trucks Stop At Weigh Stations?

Rental Truck Rules by State for 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 that 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 long distance move with a rental truck, we have put together this quick guide.

When Does a Rental Truck Stop at A Weigh Station?

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. 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 stop just to be on the safe side. It is very likely that you will be waived through the bypass lane.

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

  1. Some states have 'agriculture inspection' stations at the border. This is notably true in Florida. Agricultural inspections almost always require all trucks, trailers and explicitly "rental trucks" to stop
  2. In several parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California rental trucks are required to stop for immigration and border patrol checkpoints. These aren't technically weigh stations, but if your long distance move has you driving through one of these states then you must stop at these checkpoints

Our list of state-by-state weigh station requirements (as they pertain to rental trucks) can be found below. This information was updated in 2020.

A map showing which states require rental trucks to stop at weigh stations

Driving your moving truck through a state that has a requirement based on the weight of the truck? You'll likely find our guide how much truck rentals weigh helpful.

StateStop?Summary
Alabama Over 26,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 26,000 lbs
Alaska Over 10,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 10,000 lbs
Arizona Over 10,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 10,000 lbs
Arkansas No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
California Yes All truck rentals must stop
Colorado No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
Connecticut No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
Delaware No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
Florida Yes All rental trucks must stop at Agricultural Inspection Stations, which are usually at the state border. These are the only stations that you are required to stop at if you are moving personal property
Georgia Over 10,000 lbs All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop
Hawaii Over 10,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 10,000 lbs
Idaho Over 26,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 26,000 lbs
Illinois Over 16,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 16,000 lbs
Indiana Yes All trucks are required to enter open weigh stations
Iowa Over 10,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 10,000 lbs
Kansas Over 10,000 lbs All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop
Kentucky No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
Maryland Over 10,000 lbs All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop
Minnesota Over 10,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 10,000 lbs
Missouri Over 18,001 lbs All vehicles with a registered weight of 18,001 lbs or more must stop
Montana Over 26,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 26,000 lbs
Nebraska Yes All truck rentals must stop.
New Hampshire No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
New Jersey Over 10,001 lbs All vehicles that weigh 10,001 lbs or more must stop
New Mexico No Stopping is not required for any vehicle that is hauling personal property, regardless of size or weight
New York Over 10,000 lbs All vehicles that weigh 10,000 lbs or more must stop. This includes vehicles that are pulling a trailer, if the combined weight exceeds 10,000 lbs
North Carolina Over 10,001 lbs All vehicles that weigh 10,001 lbs or more must stop
Ohio Over 10,000 lbs All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop
Oklahoma No Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property
Oregon Over 20,000 lbs Vehicles over 20,000 lbs are required to enter Oregon weigh stations
Pennsylvania Yes All truck rentals must stop. Pennsylvania requires any vehicle registered as a truck, including personal vehicles and rental trucks, to stop
South Carolina Yes Truck rentals hauling personal property must stop but will likely be waived through
South Dakota Over 8,000 lbs All vehicles that weigh 8,000 lbs or more must stop
Texas No Stopping is not required at weigh stations, but all vehicles (including truck rentals) must stop at border patrol checkpoints
Vermont Yes All truck rentals must stop.
Virginia Over 7,500 lbs All vehicles that weigh 7,500 lbs or more must stop
Washington No Rental trucks carrying personal property do not have to stop
West Virginia No Rental trucks carrying personal property do not have to stop
Wisconsin Over 10,000 lbs You must stop when your rental truck weighs more that 10,000 lbs
Wyoming Yes All trucks are required to stop anytime you see a regulatory sign (black letters on a white background) instructing you to stop, or an officer has directed you to stop. It is most likely that these signs will specify "commercial vehicles", in which case a rental truck hauling personal property would not be required to stop
Most of the information we have provided has been sourced directly from responses received by an email or phone call with a state official authorized to speak about this matter.

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