One of the basic requirements for a successful PPM move is the correct obtainal of weight tickets. These tickets are important, because they serve as certification of the actual weight of your Household Goods (HHG) in the eyes of your TMO office. You may think that it is as easy as obtaining empty and loaded vehicle weight tickets. While most of the times this is the case, there are some points that should be considered in order to obtain eligible, certified weight tickets.
Firstly, please note that each service has slightly different policies regarding the number of weight tickets required:
US Army and Air Force require a FULL and EMPTY weight ticket obtained at either Origin,
Destination or a combination thereof. This policy gives you freedom regarding the sequence of obtaining the weight tickets. For example, you could obtain an EMPTY weight ticket at Origin, before loading your HHG, and a FULL weight ticket at DESTINATION, just before unloading. Another possible scenario would consist of weighing your vehicle FULL just before arriving at destination. After unloading all your stuff at your new home, you could then go one more time to the weighing scale and obtain your empty weight ticket. Either way, all possible combinations are accepted by them.
If you are a member of US Coast Guard, things get a little bit more strict. USCG requires all their members doing a PPM move to obtain both their EMPTY and FULL weight tickets at Origin. To make it more simple, USCG needs two weight tickets (Empty and Full), but they must be obtained at Origin only.
For Marince Corps and Navy, the requirements receive another step up, moving to 3 weight tickets: 2 at origin, and 1 at destination. Becoming more specific, you will need an EMPTY and FULL weight ticket at origin, PLUS a FULL weight ticket at destination. (3 tickets total) As a tip, make sure to keep the weighting conditions as similar as possible, to avoid large fluctuations of the FULL weight tickets obtained at Origin and Destination. To achieve this, try to not alter the HHG while moving, and make sure you have roughly the same percentage of fuel in the tank.
To locate the nearest certified weigh scales, we advise you to use Penske’s scale locator. According to the tool, there are more than 600 operational weigh scales across US. This will make it an easy job locating a nearby weigh scale, and most of the times you will not even have to get far out of your way.
For every weight ticket, make sure you get the following:
- Your full name, grade and SSN
- Weight measurements
- Vehicle/Truck identification number
- Correct date of weighting
- Weigh scale name and location
- Weigh master’s signature