You can weigh your vehicle, rental truck and/or trailer at many different scales throughout the U.S. to obtain these weight tickets. In my experience, CAT scales are the most convenient and user friendly. There are a ton of them around the U.S. so it should be easy to find one. If you want more options, Penske has made this awesome scale locator that includes most certified public scales.
At the conclusion of your move, you will need to have obtained a weight ticket for each empty vehicle or vehicle/trailer combination and one weight ticket with the vehicle fully loaded. At the TMO at your gaining base, the empty weight ticket will be subtracted from the full weight ticket to obtain the weight of your household goods. For branches other than the Air Force, there may be specific restrictions on how many weight tickets you need and when you should submit them, so check with your local travel office.
There are a couple different ways you can obtain your weight tickets. One way is to weigh your vehicle(s) empty before loading your stuff, then weigh it after it is full, either at your current base, gaining base, or somewhere on the road. The other way is to load your stuff, weigh your vehicle(s) with all of your stuff and then get the empty weight ticket at your destination after you unload everything. Either way works. Again, this is from my experience with the Air Force and other branches may have different regulations.
The weight stations will charge a fee (usually like $10) but you will be reimbursed for them. Be sure to get each of the following on all DITY move weight tickets:
- Your name, grade, and social security number (I just put my last 4 down)
- The weigh master’s signature
- Legible weights
- Vehicle/trailer identification
- Date of weighing
- Scale name and location
It is also a good idea to have a full tank of gas and be standing outside of the vehicle when being weighed to keep things consistent. If you follow these tips you’re sure to be accurately reimbursed for moving your household goods.