Any driver that uses a toll road in California is expected to pay the toll for that roadway. In California, the tolls are controlled and collected by regional agencies that are in charge of maintaining and operating the toll roads in their area, as well as by the California Department of Transportation, known colloquially as Caltrans.
See below for additional information about toll classes and paying violations.
If you did not have enough cash, used the wrong lane or have another type of violation, you can pay for the violation online. In most cases, you will need to have the violation invoice, first, to begin the payment process.
If you traveled a toll road in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you do not have a compatible toll pass, you will have to pay your tolls via a FasTrak invoice, which will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
If you have a Bay Area FasTrak Invioce, you may pay your invoices online.
If you plan to travel in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may make advance toll payments online.
If you missed a toll in the Los Angeles/Orange County Area, you may pay your invoice online.
If you are driving a rental car in the Los Angeles/Orange County Area, you may pay tolls online via a special payment page.
If you missed a toll in the San Diego Metro Area, you may pay toll violations online. You must have a citation number and your vehicle license plate number to make payment.
To speak to someone in one of the big three California regional agencies, please reference the telephone numbers below.
The cash payment system speaks for itself. When you pay by cash, you are responsible for having sufficient cash funds to pay for your tolls while driving on Texas toll roads.
If you are unable to pay your toll, you will receive a violation statement for the cost of each violation.
It is important to note that most toll roads in California have converted to All-Electronic Tolling, AET for short. When you calculate tolls, your result will show whether the roadway accepts cash.
AET is also known as Cashless Tolling and Open-Road Tolling. The terms are used by different agencies around the country, but they all mean there is no cash accepted on a given toll road. Nearly all of the toll roads in Texas have converted to All-Electronic Tolling, although there are some roads in the Houston area that are still being converted, as well as some smaller, regionally-managed toll roads and bridges.
Statewide, California has an electronic toll system called FasTrak. FasTrak transponders can be used by private and commercial users on all California toll roads, but there is no compatibility with other states.
FasTrak is compatible with all toll roads in California, but it is not compatible with any toll facilities outside of California.