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What is E-ZPass

An E-ZPass is a small electronic transponder that is used to pay tolls for trips across 17 US states. You don’t need to stop to pay a toll. The transponder is mounted on your vehicle’s windshield. When you travel on any toll road, thruway, tunnel, or bridge, the transponder charges your E-ZPass account for the appropriate toll.

The E-ZPass usually provides a discount on the toll rate depending on the state that has issued the E-ZPass. However, you do not necessarily need an E-ZPass to drive in the US states. There are mostly electronic toll plazas which when detects a vehicle crossing without a valid tag, an invoice is mailed to the vehicle owner (it may include extra charges though).

Calculate tolls to travel across the US state with E-ZPass tag transponder using our E-ZPass Toll Calculator.

Where can I use E-ZPass

Travelers ask thousands of queries every week from TollGuru about EZ Pass coverage, such as the following:

  • Does E-ZPass work in Illinois?
  • Is Ezpass accepted in Florida?
  • Does EZ Tag work all over Texas?
  • Can I use EZ Pass on PA Turnpike?

E-ZPass (or widely termed as ez pass) has a wide acceptance across 17 states in the United States. If you already have an E-ZPass from any of these states, you are good to go.

E-ZPass is accepted in New York. New Jersey, Central Florida and other states with I-Pass, E-Pass NCQuickPass and RiverLink

The table below lists the states where E-ZPass is accepted for toll payment:

Delaware Florida (only in Orlando region) Illinois
Indiana Kentucky Massachusetts
Maine Maryland North Carolina
New Hampshire New Jersey New York
Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island
Virginia West Virginia
Click on the state’s name in the table to see details of the state-specific E-ZPass toll tag.

In Florida, E-ZPass only works in Orlando region viz. on East-West Expressway, Apopka Expressway, Western Beltway, Wekiva Parkway, Beachline Expressway, Poinciana Parkway, and Goldenrod Road Extension. SunPass is widely accepted in Florida along with E-Pass and Leeway toll passes.

You can use your E-ZPass on Canada‘s Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, Whirlpool Rapids Bridge (NEXUS card required), and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. 

E-ZPass is accepted at all Chicago, Illinois toll plazas. E-ZPass does not work in California and Kansas as they have their own toll passes namely FasTrak and K-Tag respectively.

Passes compatible with E-ZPass

E-ZPass is compatible with SunPass, NC Quick Pass and E-Pass in North Carolina, I-Pass in Illinois, and RiverLink in Kentucky.

How does E-ZPass Work

E-Z Pass is an electronic toll collection system. As a motorist, you will have to open a prepaid E-ZPass account that is linked to a small electronic device or the transponder, installed on the windshield of your vehicle. As and when your vehicle enters the toll lane, the toll tag mounted on your vehicle is read by the antennae. Tolls are automatically deducted from the prepaid account linked.

How to get an E-ZPass

You can get E-ZPass by any of the following methods:

  • Buy it online by filling up the form on the E-ZPass website[1]
  • You can also get E-ZPass® On-the-Go online[2]. Once you receive your tag transponder, you can manage your EZ-Pass account by logging to the E-ZPass website[3]
  • Buy it from a retailer near you.
  • You will require a USA registered vehicle license plate number
  • You will receive the tag in 5-7 days; which would have to be mounted properly on your vehicle

How to install E-ZPass

The E-ZPass could be installed or mounted on your vehicle by following these simple steps:

For internal tags and passenger vehicles

The ideal mounting location of an e-zpass transponder in car is near the rear-view mirror on the inside of the windsheild.

  1. Clean the area you wish to place your tag transponder with a rubbing alcohol such as isopropyl, allowing it to dry, before placing.
  2. Remove the plastic tap from the back of the Velcro on the tag.
  3. Press the tags firmly on the windshield of your vehicle.

For external tags and commercial trucks 

  1. Place the tag on a flat surface.
  2. Screw mount it on the front bumper where the license plate is located.
  3. Make sure the tag is positioned so that mounting holes correspond to the top of the license plate.

How much does an E-ZPass cost

The E-ZPass transponder is free; however, a few states (such as Illinois) require you to pay for a $10 refundable deposit. An initial prepaid balance is to be maintained in the E-ZPass account of $20- $35. This will be replenished from your card, as the balance goes below a certain amount.

Do I get a discount for using an E-ZPass

E-ZPass offers discounts on tolls depending upon in which state was it issued and which toll facility or toll lane you are using. 

For example, car users using an E-ZPass NY on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge can save you $3.38 compared to paying it by E-ZPass (no cash is accepted here). Similarly, when paying tolls for PA Turnpike in Pennsylvania, E-ZPass users can save $6.70 compared to toll-by-mail payment.

Although the amount of discounts vary with time, in general, payment E-ZPass toll pass is always cheaper than paying by cash or by mail. Same applies to all other transponders discounts such as SunPass in Florida, TxTag in Texas, FasTrak in California, Peach Pass in Georgia.

Types of E-ZPass

The types of E-ZPass are listed below:

E-ZPass Basic

The E-ZPass basic plan comes with a free transponder without any requirement of minimum use. However, you would be required to maintain a minimum pre-paid balance. This will be replenished from your card, as the balance goes below a certain amount.

For Passenger and commercial vehicles, there is a 5% discount for E-ZPassNY accounts only on thruway tolls.

E-ZPass Flex

The E-ZPass Flex gives you the option to flip a switch on your transponder to indicate that you have enough passengers in your vehicle and thus be eligible for free travel on certain Express lanes that are covered by the E-ZPass. It works similar to a regular E-ZPass but comes with an additional benefit.

E-ZPass Plus

The E-ZPass Plus allows you to use the E-ZPass for parking, especially at airport garages in New York and New Jersey.

How to transfer E-ZPass to another car or truck

You can switch or transfer the E-ZPass transponder from one vehicle to another as long as you use it on a vehicle with the same vehicle type. Contact the Service Center at [1] for details.

E-ZPass for tourists

Get an E-ZPass. It has wide acceptance across 17 states in the United States. If you already have an E-ZPass from any of these states, you are good to go.

As toll charges vary depending on peak/off-peak hours, have enough balance in your E-ZPass tag when you travel. The E-ZPass is cheaper than cash on the locations where both are accepted. If you missed paying tolls, there are multiple ways you can pay for it. 

If you are a tourist and have rented a car, you have the option to use the rental car’s license plate, provided the agency from where you are renting the vehicle permits this. They would need to allow the release of their rental car’s license plate to the renter for registering for E-ZPass. If this is allowed by the agency, register for E-ZPass NY in advance and get the tag transponder delivered to your address.

What is E-ZPass Plus

E-ZPass Plus is a program of E-ZPass Group that allows you to pay for parking at any participating facility. Currently they are:

  • Albany Airport, NY, NY
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, NY
  • LaGuardia Airport, NY, NY
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ
  • New York Avenue Garage, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Atlantic Avenue Parking Lot, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport Syracuse, NY
  • Great New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY (Seasonal)

How E-ZPass Plus Works

E-ZPass Plus works in the following steps at its facilities:

1. Enter the facility and take a parking ticket
2. Exit through the E-ZPass Plus lane
3. Insert the ticket in the slot at the cashier booth
4. If charges are less than $20, the amount will be deducted from the E-ZPass account. If higher, your linked credit card will be charged.

How to get E-ZPass Plus

All E-ZPass accounts with a prepaid balance and a valid credit card are automatically enrolled in E-ZPass Plus. There is no additional charge; you only pay when the charges occur. However, you can opt out of it by logging into your account or consulting the customer care.

Those with Commercial or Business Accounts with E-ZPass are by default opted out. To avail this service, they have to activate it either online or over the phone.

What is Driven by E-ZPass

Driven by E-ZPass is a non-toll pilot program to use E-ZPass for a touch-free payment at gas stations and retail drive-thru lanes. A joint project of PayByCar and E-ZPass, Driven by E-ZPass is currently live in 4 locations in Massachusetts and will soon be live in North Carolina. Read more about Driven by E-ZPass [4]

What happens if you go through E-ZPass lane without E-ZPass

If you go through the E-ZPass lane without E-ZPass, you will receive an invoice/violation in the mail with standard toll rates and fine. A similar invoice is sent by mail when your E-ZPass is out of order, low on balance, or could not be detected for any reason. You can pay E-ZPass missed toll by logging into your account, by mail or even in cash at an E-ZPass Customer Service Center.

What do I do if my EZ Pass didn't work

If you suspect your E-ZPass didn’t work, please call the Customer Service Center of your E-ZPass issuer.

Generally, E-ZPass may not work for following reasons:

  • Improperly mounted
  • Insufficient Funds
  • Class Mismatch
  • Over-speeding

Note: Once you report the issue, do not use that transponder until directed to do so.

Frequently asked E-ZPass questions

Is E-ZPass good in all states?
No, E-ZPass is not good in all the states of the US. E-ZPass works in 17 states of the US and have state-specific services e.g. E-ZPass NY, E-ZPass NJ, E-ZPass PA, E-ZPass VA etc.

Is E-ZPass compatible with SunPass? 
Yes, E-ZPass is compatible with SunPass since mid-2021. E-ZPass is valid across all the toll facilities of Florida.

Are E-ZPass and I-Pass the same? 
No, they are different. Although I-Pass is compatible with E-ZPass and works in all the 17 states where the E-ZPass does, it is primarily used in Illinois and on the Indiana Toll Road.

Does E-ZPass work in Florida?
Partly. E-ZPass works in the central Orlando region of Florida but not in the rest of the state. It is not compatible with SunPass, E-Pass or Leeway either. However, it is compatible with SunPass PRO which works across Florida, Georgia and all other states where E-ZPass works.

Is EZ Pass and EZ TAG tag the same?
E-ZPass and EZ TAG are not the same transponders. E-ZPass works across 17 of the east-coast US states (not in Texas) and can be purchased for any of those states. While an EZ TAG, issued by HCTRA, only works on Texas toll facilities.

Does EZ Pass work on 95 in Florida?
Yes, E-ZPass works on 95 Express in Florida. In fact, it is accepted across the entire Florida toll netwrok and is even compatible with SunPass Pro.

E-ZPass Toll Calculator

You can calculate tolls if using EZ Pass (or other toll passes), fuel costs, and routes for your travel by car, truck, taxi, bus, caravans (with or without a trailer) through any of the US states using E-ZPass Toll Calculator. It also shows the cheapest, fastest, and other optimal routes to your destination along with toll plaza(s) location en route, payment methods, and more.

Rideshare, OEM, TMS, fleet companies, and other transport businesses can leverage toll intelligence by integrating with the TollGuru Toll API for pre-trip calculation and post-trip reconciliation.

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