Motor Carriers Involved in Texas Relief Efforts - Update

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles


The below notice has been updated to include a link to the President's declaration:

President Donald Trump has declared certain counties in Texas disaster areas due to Hurricane Harvey. With this declaration, Texas’ MAP-21 Emergency Permit became available to carriers in Texas involved in relief efforts.

The MAP-21 Emergency Permit allows vehicles, exceeding legal weight limits, to travel to and within the geographical area covered by the President’s emergency declaration to either:

  • Assist in expediting debris removal from roadways, staging areas, or temporary structure locations (permit is not valid for loads leaving the area with exception of those removing debris), or
  • Deliver relief supplies (the entire load must consist of relief supplies). Relief supplies include but are not limited to medicine, medical equipment, food supplies (including for livestock), water, and materials for building temporary structures.

This permit may be self-issued through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) at Select “MAP 21 Emergency” from the permit type drop-down list when ordering.

A copy of the President’s declaration must be carried with the permit. The declaration can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website,

For additional permit information and requirements, visit