State Towing Laws

Tow Laws provided by The American Automobile Association. While the following is a guideline, towing laws for each state, it’s advisable to contact state or provincial motor vehicle departments for specifics on each area you plan to travel through. You should also be aware that while this chart lists maximum towing speeds, these generally apply only to major highway.

State Maximum Trailer Height (feet) Maximum Trailer width (feet) Maximum Trailer Length (feet) Total Vehicle / Trailer Combined Length (feet) Gross Weight Of Trailer Requiring Brakes (lbs.)
Alabama 13.5 8 40 65 3,000
Alaska 14 8.5 40 75 5,000
Arizona 13.5 8 40 65 3,000
Arkansas 13.5 8.5 43.5 65 1,500
California 14 8.5 40 65 1,500
Colorado 14.5 8.5 NS 70 3,000
Connecticut 13.5 8.5 40 60 3,000
Delaware 13.5 8.5 40 65 ALL
District of Columbia 13.5 NS NS 55 3,000
Florida 13.5 8.5 40 65 3,000
Georgia 13.5 8 NS 60 3,000
Hawaii 14 9 40 65 3,000
Idaho 14 8.5 48 75 1500 (A)
Illinois 13.5 8.5 42 60 3,000
Indiana 13.5 8.5 40 65 3,000
Iowa 14 8.5 53 70 3,000
Kansas 14 8.5 NS 65 ALL
Kentucky 13.5 8 NS 65 NS
Louisiana 13.5 8 40 70 3,000
Mine 13.5 8.5 48 65 3,000
Maryland 13.5 8.5 40 55 3,000
Massachusetts 13.5 8.5 40 60 NS
Michigan 13.5 8.5 45 65 3,000
Minnesota 13.5 8.5 45 60 3,000
Mississippi 13.5 8.5 40 53 2,000
Missouri 14 8 NS 55 NS
Montana 14 8.5 NS 65 3,000
Nebraska 14.5 8.5 40 65 3,000
Nevada 14 8.5 NS 70 1,500
New Hampshire 13.5 8.5 48 NS 3,000
New Jersey 13.5 8.5 40 53 3,000
New Mexico 14 8.5 40 65 3,000
New York 13.5 8 48 65 3,000
North Carolina 13.5 8 48 60 4,000
North Dakota 14 8.5 53 75 ALL
Ohio 13.5 8.5 40 65 2,000
Oklahoma 13.5 8.5 40 65 3,000
Oregon 14 8.5 45 65 NS
Pennsylvania 13.5 8.5 NS 75 3,000
Rhode Island 13.5 8.5 NS 60 4,000
South Carolina 13.5 8.5 48 NS 3,000
South Dakota 14 8.5 43 75 3,000
Tennessee 13.5 8.5 40 65 3,000
Texas 14 8.5 NS 65 4,500
Utah 14 8.5 40 65 NS
Vermont 13.5 8.5 NS 75 3,000
Virginia 13.5 8.5 45 65 3,000
Washington 14 8.5 53 75 3,000
West Virginia 13.5 8 40 65 3,000
Wisconsin 13.5 8.5 48 65 3,000
Wyoming 14 8.5 45 85 NS

“NS” Indicates not specified, please contact local government for requirements
(A) Unladen Weight

The state laws data is provided by the American Automobile Association. Neither AAA or Tie Down Engineering can guarantee its accuracy and assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Changes may have been made since this data was compiled. Visit www.drivinglaws.aaa.com or contact your local government offices for additional details.

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