Commercial Boat Haulers - Call Before You Haul
To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and others are making information available to boat haulers, auctioneers, marinas, manufacturers, and brokers to make it easy to comply with state, provincial and federal laws, prevent costly delays in transporting or selling boats, and help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species.
In December of 2021, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission launched Call Before You Haul, a program that provides a 24-7 toll-free number that commercial and other watercraft haulers can call before transporting a boat to Columbia River Basin states. The caller provides information about the source and destination of the watercraft, and the four states (as well as Canada and British Columbia) are notified that the watercraft is being shipped. The destination state, or province, then contacts the hauler to obtain additional information, or make arrangements for the watercraft to be inspected, and decontaminated (if applicable).
The source states included in the pilot program were from the Great Lakes and Lower Colorado River regions (Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New York). The program is currently being expanded to all states and Canadian provinces.
As part of the program, information is being provided to each pilot state for uploading to its commercial hauler and overweight/oversize website and permit application system, which watercraft haulers will see when requesting transportation permits. In addition, direct outreach is being made to watercraft carriers and shippers online, boat dealerships and organizations, and boat brokers to inform them about the program. In addition, any Department of Transportation office can link to this web page.
Call Before You Haul Progress Map
This map illustrates the progress being made with state departments of transportation, highway patrol, and motor vehicles to provide information about Call Before You Haul on their state permitting and transportation websites. Map updated 21 October 2022.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Annual Noncommercial Boat Hauler Permit | Single Trip Permit | Annual Commercial Boat Hauler Permit
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Single Trip Oversize/Overweight Permit | Multiple Trip Permit to Transport
Kentucky Department of Transportation
Illinois Department of Transportation
General Provisions (see page 3)
Iowa Department of Transportation
Information added to IAPS permit application website: https://ia.gotpermits.com/iaps/login.asp;
Link added to Iowa DOT Motor Carrier Resources page: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers/Oversize-Overweight-Trip-permits
Restrictions added to permits when the load description is a boat or watercraft vessel.
Nevada Department of Transportation
State of Nevada Commercial Vehicle Service
Utah Department of Transportation
Oversize Non-Divisible Load Provisions
Montana Department of Transportation
Commercially Transported Watercraft
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
PENNDOT's Hauling Information Webpage
Colorado Department of Transportation
CDOT's Freight Mobility and Safety Branch is providing links to the Call Before You Haul webpage: https://freight.colorado.gov/resources
Will be distributing Call Before You Haul fliers at Ports of Entry and posted on their website
Added the Call Before You Haul link under "Transporting Watercraft to Western States"
Ohio Department of Transportation
Added Call Before You Haul information to their permits website.
Indiana Department of Transportation
INDOT staff are working with Department of Revenue - Motor Carrier Division to post information on their OSW website
Oregon Department of Transportation
Agency posted the information on their Motor Carrier News webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/MCT/Pages/MCNews.aspx
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Added Call Before You Haul information to Special Restrictions on Standard Permit Form for Intra/Interstate Travel for Non-divisible Oversize And/or Overweight Loads
Alabama Department of Transportation
Added Call Before You Haul link to their Oversize/Overweight Permits website.
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Added Call Before You Haul to their Motor Carrier Operations website.
Caltrans added a link to the Call Before You Haul website on their permits homepage:
Added Call Before You Haul website link from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife webpage to their Maps & resources for commercial vehicles | WSDOT (wa.gov)
Idaho DOT added link to Call Before You Haul information on Idaho DOT permitting website.
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Added Call Before You Haul link to Bulletin section of Superload website.
FDOT posted the Call Before You Haul flyer on its PO website and the PAS webpage.
North Carolina DOT added the Call Before You Haul Link to their Oversize/Overweight Permit Operations website.
Rhode Island DOT added the Call Before You Haul link to the RIDOT Permitting website and will permanently post on their FAQs sheet.
Louisiana DOT added Call Before You Haul brochure to their permitting website.
New Mexico DOT added a link to their Ports of Entry webpage that provides information about trip and oversize/overweight permits.
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles/Vermont Agency of Transportation
Vermont DMV/AT added the Call Before You Haul link/notification to their commercial vehicle operations page.
Added Call Before You Haul to their permitting system as well as the South Dakota Trucking website.
Texas Parks and Wildlife added the link to their website. Texas DOT chose not to participate.
Delaware DOT is willing able able to pass the information about the program on to any that asks, but they have no mechanism in place yet to share electronically.
Kansas DOT added "Northwest - Call Before You Haul" notification to their home page under Traveler Information, Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Tennessee DOT has added the Call Before You Haul link to the TN OSOW Permitting website (TNTRIPS) under Support, and has added the Call Before You Haul flier to all single and annual permits.
Virginia DOT updated their permit web portal and added hyperlinks to Call Before You Haul.
Arkansas Highway Police Permit Office will be sharing Call Before You Haul information with any carriers hauling watercraft.
Missouri DOT is distributing the Call Before You Haul flier to all OSOW boat permits.
South Carolina DOT added the Call Before You Haul link to their OSOW website page.
Maryland DOT added Call Before You Haul to their Commercial Vehicle Operations webpage. In addition, Maryland posted a notification on its Maryland One Permit System webpage for all who obtain permits, and emailed to all users with a login.
Will be posting on Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Size and Weights Permits website. The Size & Weights Permit Division within the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety was recently incorporated into the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Georgia Department of Public Safety/Department of Transportation
Agency will be updating boat/yacht transport permits to include Call Before You Haul information for next computer upgrade.
Wyoming Highway Patrol is connecting to PSMFC's Facebook page post on Call Before You Haul and adding the Call Before You Haul link to their permitting website.
Arizona DOT is adding Call Before You Haul as a condition to their permits.
Will be adding link to Call Before You Haul to their Mass511 online system.
New York DOT will be adding the Call Before You Haul hyperlink to their DOT website.