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Installing Toll Passes

Transponders And Stickers

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E-ZPass

Types Of Toll Passes

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TRANSPONDER TYPES

Toll passes are generally issued in three types of transponders: An RFID (radio-frequency identification) sticker, a portable transponder, and a bar or stick transponder designed to attach above or below the front license plate.

transponder samples illustrated

All devices have an identification number, which is stored on the circuitry of the device, along with other basic information about the transponder. The unit's ID number will be used to associate the transponder with your vehicle, that way the correct vehicle is charged to the correct device.

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Toll Stickers And Transponders

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RFID Stickers

The most common type of toll pass is a sticker that gets affixed to your windshield. The sticker transponder utilizes RFID technology printed on a flexible circuit.

Stickers have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive, as well as easy to use. They are also disposable.

The nature of the circuitry in a sticker means it can only transmit data via your vehicle's GLASS windshield, which acts as a dialectric antenna for the sticker. Sticker transponders can not be used on vehicles that do not have a glass windshield, such as motorcycles.

Additionally, once a sticker is removed from your windshield, you must discard it, making sure to deactivate or unassign the unit from your vehicle. Stickers can NOT be moved from one vehicle to another.

transponder samples illustrated

Portable Transponders

Portable transponders come in a variety of shapes, most commonly a rectangular or oblong box. These types of transponders typically make use of suction cups to affix to your window. Some agencies may issue transponder holders, and the holder is what you stick to the windshield. The transponder is then set inside the pass holder.

Portable transponders will have varied features, depending upon which agency issues the unit. Common features include audible alerts when going through toll plazas or a gantry, as well as alerts when account balances are low. Some transponders also have switches to select passenger counts, often used to determine rates on tolled express lanes, as well as to offer carpool discounts on toll roads and bridges. Some units may also include notification lights or LED's (light-emitting diodes).

Portable transponders cost more to purchase, and some agencies require a you keep a higher balance on your account when you register a portable unit. However, the advantage with the portable transponder is you can move it from one vehicle to another.

License Plate Transponders
For Truckers And Special Cases

The third type of transponder is designed for large commercial trucks and tractor-trailers, and this type attaches to the front license plate or to the roof of the vehicle. This type is, as the name implies, an attachment to your license-plate frame, using the bolts that already are used to hold the plate, itself.

Roof attachments require a mounting plate that uses a special foam tape, to which the transponder is then attached.

Large vehicles, specifically tractor-trailers, and some vehicles with certain options or metal-oxide windows, must make use of an exterior transponder unit that affixes either to the license plate frame or vehicle roof. If the license plate option is unviable, then a roof-mounted transponder can be utilized.

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Installation Instructions

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Placing Your Sticker Or Transponder

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The placement of your toll pass is critical to making certain your unit and the information stored thereon can be properly read by electronic tolling equipment.

Most agencies suggest a preferred location, adjacent to your windshield's rear-view mirror, about one to one-and-a-half inches (three to five centimeters) from the top of the windshield, and about one to two inches (three to five centimeters) to the left or right of the rear-view mirror. See the illustrations for reference.

common toll pass transponder placements

As an alternative, the transponder may be placed in a lower corner of the windshield.

IMPORTANT! Do not place the sticker or transponder in a location that will block the view of the driver or impede your ability to operate your vehicle!

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SPECIAL MOUNTING INSTRUCTIONS

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Mounting An Exterior Toll Pass

States and agencies that offer the exterior toll pass usually have available a transponder that will mount to your existing front license plate, using the bolts of your vehicle to anchor the mounting holes of the transponder.

exterior toll pass transponder placements

IMPORTANT! If your front license plate is partially obstructed by any object, including any overhanging vehicle parts, it may interfere with the signal from your exterior-mount transponder.

If you must use an exterior-mount for your toll pass, the license plate mounted transponder is offered in nearly all states. You must make certain to check your chosen agency's options, and be sure to select this option, whenever you sign up for a new transponder account.

Metal Oxide Windows

Some car manufacturers may use metallized or metal oxides windshields to reduce heat. Adding metal oxieds to windshields helps with energy efficiency, but it diminishes or interferes with the signals from regular transponders. This is especially true for the window sticker.

Metal oxide is more likely to be used on higher-end vehicles and some older cars. In such cases, special mounting instructions must be followed, or an exterior transponder must be used.

If your vehicle has a clear or a blank cutout near the rear-view mirror, this is still the best place to mount a transponder. Many manufacturers make this accommodation.

The Metal-Oxide List

Many states publish a list of vehicles that have metal oxides that are known or believed to interfere with toll pass signals. The most current list is a 2019 compendium published by the State of Oklahoma, which issues PikePass.

We have made the download available for you here.

DOWNLOAD LIST ⤓

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Toll Pass AGENCIES/Networks

Ordering A New Pass?

Most states' and many regions' tolling agencies use their own electronic toll system or are part of a state-operated system. In many of these juridictions, the use of an electronic transponder will result in discounted toll charges, as many agencies discount the toll rates for toll pass users. These passes are often compatible with electronic toll-collection networks, which are shown in this section.

Available Passes In By Agency & Network

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CALIFORNIA

Bay Area FasTrak
FasTrak

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FasTrak

Transportation Corridor Agencies
FasTrak

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FasTrak

San Diego Association of Governments
FasTrak

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FasTrak
3

CONNECTICUT

3

DELAWARE

E-ZPass Delaware
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
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FLORIDA

Sunpass Prepaid Toll Program
Sunpass

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Sunpass

Central Florida Expressway Authority
Uni

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Uni

Lee County Toll Facilities
LeeWay

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LeeWay
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ILLINOIS

Illinois Tollway
I-Pass

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I-Pass

Chicago Skyway E-ZPass
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
9

INDIANA

Indiana Toll Road Concession Company
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
10

KANSAS

KTA K-Tag
K-Tag

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K-Tag
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KENTUCKY

Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
RiverLink

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RiverLink
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MAINE

Maine Turnpike Authority
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
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MARYLAND

Maryland Transportation Authority
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
14

MASSACHUSETTS

EZDriveMA
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
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NEW HAMPSHIRE

E-ZPass New Hampshire
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
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NEW JERSEY

E-ZPass New Jersey
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
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NEW YORK

E-ZPass New York
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
18

OHIO

E-ZPass Ohio
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
19

OKLAHOMA

OTA PikePass
PikePass

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PikePass
20

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania E-ZPass
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
21

TEXAS

TxDOT TxTag
TxTag

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TxTag

Harris County Toll Road Authority
EZTag

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EZTag

North Texas Tollway Authority
TollTag

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TollTag
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VIRGINIA

E-ZPass Virginia
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass
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WASHINGTON

Good To Go!
Good To Go!

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Good To Go!
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WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia E-ZPass
E-ZPass

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E-ZPass

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E-ZPass States

The E-ZPass system is the largest interoperable toll collection and payment system in the United States.

States issuing E-ZPass include Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

Illinois, Kentucky and North Carolina issue passes compatible with E-ZPass, as does Orlando's Central Florida Expressway Authority.

As of May 29, 2021, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise now issues a device called SunPass Pro, which is compatible with the E-ZPass; E-ZPass may now be used on all roads in Florida.

SunPass States

The SunPass is used primarily in Florida and the Deep South. As of May 28, 2021, the SunPass Pro has replaced the older SunPass. The new SunPass Pro is compatible with the E-ZPass system and may be used on roads that accept E-ZPass.

The old SunPass is only compatible with Georgia's PeachPass system and in North Carolina, where QuickPass is accepted.

TxTag & The Southern Plains

TxTag is the statewide pass used across the state of Texas. Two other large regional systems in Texas: the TollPass from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the TollTag from the Houston area.

Kansas issues K-Tag, and the Oklahoma issues PikePass. Both are compatible across the tri-state region of the Southern Plains.

FasTrak

FasTrak is California's statewide electronic toll system. It is not compatible with systems outside California.

Other Passes

Other toll-pass systems include Colorado's ExpressToll and Go Pass!, the Good To Go! pass in Washington State, as well as various bridge passes and cards that are used at international crossings between the United States and Canada.

You may view and download a combo file containing all three of the major networks.

COMBO PDF ►

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