State by State Towing Laws

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The legitimacy of this information should be questioned and verified as it may be out of date. This is an overly simplified estimate of the laws in each state. Laws can and do change frequently, so be sure to double check with the state.

State Max Speed Limit Max trailer Length Max Width Max Height Max Total Length Max Weight w/o Brakes Safety Chains Stop Lights Tail Lights Clearance Lights License Lights Turn Signals Reflectors Flares Breakaway Brakes Tie Downs Two Trailers Insurance
Alabama 55 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No N/A
Alaska 55 40' 8' 6" 14' 65' 5,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Arizona 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Special Req. Special Req.
Arkansas 65 N/A 8' 6" 13' 6" N/A 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes If orig. equ. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
California 55 40' 8' 6" 14' 65' 1,500 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes If 80"+ wide Special Req. Yes Special Req. Yes
Colorado 65 57.4' 8' 6" 13' 70' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connecticut 55 48' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Special Req.
Delaware 55 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 4,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A No Yes
Florida 65 N/A 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes No Yes
Georgia 65 53' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 2,500 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Hawaii 55 40 9' 14' 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Over 3,000# N/A Yes No
Idaho 65 48' 8' 6" 14' 75' on I's 1,500 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Illinois 55 42' 8' 6" 13" 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 5,000#+ /w Insp. Yes No Yes
Indiana 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Iowa 65 48' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A 3,000#+ Yes Yes No
Kansas 65 N/A 8' 6" 14' 65' N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes If 80"+ wide Yes If 80"+ wide Yes N/A Yes No Yes
Kentucky 65 N/A 8' 6" 13' 6" 55' N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes No
Louisiana 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" N/A 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine 65 45' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes No Yes
Maryland 55 35' 8' 6" 13' 6" 55' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes No Yes
Massachusetts 55 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 10,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A Yes No Yes
Michigan 55-65 45' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A No Yes
Minnesota 65 45' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 6,000#+ Yes No Yes
Mississippi 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" N/A 2,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Missouri 65 N/A 8' 6" 14' 65' N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Montana 65 45' 8' 6" 14' 75' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A 3,000#+ N/A Yes Yes
Nebraska 65 40' 8' 6" 14' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nevada 65 40' 8' 6" 14' 70' 1,500 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
New Hampshire 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" N/A 1,500 Yes N/A Yes 80"+ wide. Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A No N/A
New Jersey 55 35' 8' 13' 6" 50' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A No No
New Mexico 65 40' 8' 6" 14' 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York 55 53' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes No N/A
N. Carolina 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 1,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A On Interstate No
N. Dakota 65 53' 8' 6" 14' 75' All Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes Special Req. No
Ohio 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 2,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A Yes N/A
Oklahoma 65 59.6' 8' 6" 13' 6" 70' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes No N/A
Oregon 65 35' 8' 6" 14' 50' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes No No
Pennsylvania 55 53' 8' 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Special Req. Yes
Rhode Island 55 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' 4,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A No N/A
S. Carolina 65 53'(13) 8' 6" 13' 6" N/A 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A Yes No
S. Dakota 65 53' 8' 6" 14' 70' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 3,000#+ N/A Yes Yes
Tennessee 65 50' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Spec. Req. Yes
Texas 60 N/A 8' 6" 14' 65’ 4,500 Yes Yes Yes 80"+ wide. Yes Yes Yes Yes 3,000#+ Yes No Yes
Utah 65 45' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' 2,000 Yes Yes Yes 80"+ wide. Yes Yes Yes N/A 3,000#+ Yes Yes N/A
Vermont 65 48' 8' 6" 13' 6" 60' Special Req. Yes Yes Yes 80"+ wide Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes Special Req. Yes
Virginia 55 N/A 8' 13' 6" 60' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes Special Req. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Washington 60 40' 8' 6" 14' 75' 3,000 Yes Yes Yes 80"+ wide Yes Yes Yes 80"+ wide Yes Yes No Yes
W. Virginia 65 N/A 8' 6" 13' 6" 55' Special Req. N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 80"+ wide Yes Yes Yes No No
Wisconsin 65 40' 8' 6" 13' 6" 65' All Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes No No
50 State Legal 55 35' 8' 13' 50' All Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Notes: 75 on some Interstates 40' except Oregon, New Jersey, & Maryland 8.6" except Virginia, Pennsylvania, & New Jersey 13" 6" except Colorado 60' except Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, W. Virginia Good idea to have on all of these Bad Idea Good Idea
State Max Speed Limit Max trailer Length Max Width Max Height Max Total Length Max Weight w/o Brakes Safety Chains Stop Lights Tail Lights Clearance Lights License Lights Turn Signals Reflectors Flares Breakaway Brakes Tie Downs Two Trailers Insurance