Emergency Permit Procedures (After Office Hours)

After-Hours Permit Emergencies

Phone: (916) 653-3442 | Email: hq.comm.center@dot.ca.gov

California Law makes special provisions to accommodate the movement of vehicles/loads when responding to and returning from an "emergency." The California Vehicle Code (CVC) Division 15, section 35002(c), defines an emergency as "....a condition which poses an imminent threat of loss of property or a hazard to life, as determined by the public agency charged with responsibility to respond thereto." Refer to the Transportation Permits Manual, Chapter 6: Emergency Moves, for more information.

When permits or verbal authorization are needed to transport equipment to an emergency, the offices listed below shall be contacted.

  • To obtain permits from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the Caltrans Transportation Permits Office shall be contacted at (916) 322-1297.
  • Outside of the above hours, the Caltrans Headquarters Communication Center shall be contacted at (916) 653-3442.

Transportation Permits Links


Permits Issuance Branch

1823 14th St., Sacramento, CA 95811-7119

Main Phone: (916) 322-1297
Single Trip Fax: (916) 322-4966
Annual/Repetitive Fax: (916) 445-0469
Variance Fax: (916) 322-1505

Office Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri
(Closed on State Holidays)
Walk-In Hours: 8am-3pm, Mon-Fri
(Closed on State Holidays)

Holiday Info:
Special Conditions for Holiday Travel (PDF)
2022 Office Holiday Info (PDF)

After-Hours Permit Emergencies:
Emergency Permit Procedures

Request Training:
Transportation Permits Training