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Do Moving Trucks Have to Stop at Weigh Stations?

If you are making a long-distance move, you might be wondering whether or not truck rentals stop at weigh stations on the way. Some states require rented moving trucks to stop at weigh stations, however, rental trucks used to move personal property typically do not need to stop at weigh stations.

What is a rented moving truck, anyway?

A U-Haul truck is a moving truck that you can rent. The most common reason that people rent a truck is to move to another home. You can use a rental truck to move down the street or across the country.

Some other reasons why people rent a truck are to donate furniture, pick up newly purchased furniture, or transport household items to a local garbage dump.

​U-Haul isn't the only rental company that offers moving trucks, although they are the most well-known. Other truck rental companies include:

  • Penske Truck Rental
  • Budget Truck Rental
  • Enterprise Truck Rental
  • Ryder Truck Rental
  • Home Depot Truck Rental

Cargo vans and pickup trucks can be rented for local moves from U-Haul, Enterprise, or Home Depot.

What is the point of a weigh station?

Weigh stations are highway checkpoints where large vehicles, mainly trucks, are inspected for safety and weight. Their primary purpose is to prevent heavy or unsafe trucks from moving on interstates, making it safer for all drivers.

Fun fact: A weigh station that is located near the state border is commonly called a "port of entry". Truckers often refer to them as "scales".

Do rental trucks have to stop at weigh stations?

Whether or not you will need to stop at the scales will depend on the state you are driving through. There are two primary factors that states use to determine who has to stop at their scales:

Are you moving personal property or commercial goods?

Many states only require commercial vehicles to stop at weigh stations. If your truck rental is loaded up with your personal property, such as your household goods, then you aren't required to stop in those states.

What size moving truck are you driving?

Even if your U-Haul is filled with only your household goods, many states require all vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or more to stop. Wait- weren't we talking about truck size, not weight? Look at you paying attention, so cute!

Since this moving guide is about rental trucks specifically I wanted to make it easier for our readers to understand. And while I don't expect someone who rents a U-Haul every 2-3 years to know (or remember) how much their truck weighs, I do think most people know what size truck they rented.

Fortunately for all of us, it's rather easy to determine the weight of your moving truck based on its size. We've provided an approximation of the gross vehicle weight for the most common rental truck sizes below. You can find the weight for all U-Haul, Penske, and Budget Truck sizes in our rental truck weight guide.

  • 10' Truck = 8,600 lbs
  • 16' - 20' Truck = 12,500 - 14,500 lbs
  • 26' Truck = 26,000 lbs

Do you have to stop at every weigh station?

If you're driving through a state that requires you to stop at their weigh stations then, yes, you are required to stop at every one you come upon (assuming it is open). This isn't nearly as terrible as it may seem, and chances are you won't need to stop more than once in most states. Here's why:

  • The number of weigh stations in each state is a lot less than you might think. Many states have fewer than 15 stations in operation
  • About 1/3 of all weigh stations are only open seasonally
  • Weigh stations that are operational year-round are not usually open 24/7. The operating hours will usually mirror the times when trucks are on the road
  • Not every weigh station will require all trucks to stop. Some stations are specialized and may only require certain types of vehicles to stop, like those transporting agricultural items or livestock

What states require rental trucks to stop at weigh stations?

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

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Weigh station requirements for rented moving trucks that are hauling personal property:

  • 8 states require rented moving trucks to stop at some or all weigh stations
  • 23 states do not require rental trucks to stop. Alabama, Idaho, and Montana technically require truck rentals to stop, but only if they exceed 26,000 pounds. Rental trucks do not need to stop in these states because the maximum GVW of a rented truck is 26,000 lbs, so it will never exceed the weight threshold
  • 2 states, South Dakota and Virginia, require a stop when the GVW is greater than 8,000 lbs. A 10' U-Haul weighs more than that, so all rental trucks must stop
  • 14 states require truck rentals that weigh 10,000 lbs or more to stop. A 10' U-Haul truck is the only moving truck you can rent that weighs less
  • 3 states, Illinois, Missouri, and Oregon, require only the largest truck sizes to stop based on their weight thresholds

This information was updated in July 2021.

State
Stop?
Summary
Alabama
No *
Vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 lbs must stop. A rental truck will not exceed 26,000 lbs.
Alaska
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Arizona
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
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 stop at Agricultural Inspection Stations, which are usually at the state border. These are the only scales that you are required to stop at if you are moving personal property.
Georgia
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Hawaii
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Idaho
No *
Vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 lbs must stop. A rental truck will not exceed 26,000 lbs.
Illinois
Over 16,000 lbs
You must stop when your rental truck weighs more than 16,000 lbs.
Indiana
Yes
All truck rentals must stop.
Iowa
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Kansas
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental 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.
Louisiana
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Maine
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Maryland
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Massachusetts
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Michigan
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Minnesota
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Mississippi
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Missouri
Over 18,001 lbs
Vehicles that weigh 18,001 lbs or more must stop.
Montana
No *
Vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 lbs must stop. A rental truck will not exceed 26,000 lbs.
Nebraska
Yes
All truck rentals must stop.
Nevada
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
New Hampshire
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
New Jersey
Over 10,001 lbs
Vehicles that weigh 10,001 lbs or more must stop.
New Mexico
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
New York
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop. This includes vehicles that are pulling a trailer if the combined weight exceeds 10,000 lbs.
North Carolina
Over 10,001 lbs
Vehicles that weigh 10,001 lbs or more must stop.
North Dakota
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
Ohio
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental 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
You must stop when your rental truck weighs more than 20,000 lbs.
Pennsylvania
Yes
Pennsylvania requires any vehicle registered as a truck, including personal vehicles and rental trucks, to stop
Rhode Island
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
South Carolina
Yes
Truck rentals hauling personal property must stop but will likely be waived through.
South Dakota
Over 8,000 lbs
Vehicles that weigh 8,000 lbs or more must stop.
Tennessee
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Texas
No
Stopping is not required at weigh stations, but all vehicles (including truck rentals) must stop at border patrol checkpoints.
Utah
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Vermont
Yes
All truck rentals must stop.
Virginia
Over 7,500 lbs
Vehicles that weigh 7,500 lbs or more must stop.
Washington
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
West Virginia
No
Stopping is not required for a rental truck that is hauling personal property.
Wisconsin
Over 10,000 lbs
A truck rental hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.
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.

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