ILLINOIS TOLL CLASSES, PAYMENTS & VIOLATIONS

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Toll Information for Illinois

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES:

Cash toll collection remains suspended in many locations due to COVID-19. A compatible toll pass must be used. In some cases, you may use exact change. In other circumstances, a photo of your vehicle's license plate will be taken to determine where to send a toll invoice.

COVID-19 Toll Collection Status For Illinois

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Current: aet - EFFECTIVE 2020-03-13

AET = All electronic/No cash • EXACT CHANGE = If cash, exact change only • FULL SERVICE = Cash attendants available

 

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Use our toll calculators to learn how much your trip will cost. Calculate tolls for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, RVs, commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers.

Illinois vehicle classes and definitions are shown, along with information to pay missed tolls.

For toll pass and electronic payment information, see the section about toll passes.

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DRIVING TOLL ROADS IN ILLINOIS

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▷ Photo: April 26, 2016

The Illinois Tollway has announced there will be no cash collections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cash customers should simply drive through and pay via the "Pay Unpaid Tolls" option. You may also wait to receive a toll invoice, if you used the Illinois Tollway after June 25, 2020.

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Any driver that uses a toll road in Illinois is expected to pay the toll for that roadway. Rates are set by the Tollway Board of Directors of the Illinois Tollway, a revenue-bond agency of the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Tollway system is composed of several toll roads that serve and connect the greater Chicago area with surrounding states. Those toll roads include the Tri-State Tollway, the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway, the Veterans Expressway, and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

See below for additional information about toll classes and paying violations.

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MISSED TOLL / WRONG LANE?

The Illinois Tollway has announced there will be no cash collections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cash customers should simply drive through and pay via the "Pay Unpaid Tolls" option.

Illinois makes it possible for you to pay a missed toll within fourteen (14) days without incurring an invoicing fee or penalty of any kind. However, you must know which plaza you missed so that you can look up the toll for that plaza.

Missed a toll?

If you missed a toll in the last two weeks (14 days), you may pay your unpaid tolls online without a penalty.

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Don't Know Where You Missed A Toll?

Illinois has a search to let you check your license plate against their database of missed tolls. You may also use this search function if you are past the 14-day grace period. Doing this, you may still avoid some fees and penalties.

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Toll Invoices

On June 25, 2020, Illinois Tollway unveiled a new toll invoicing system. This permits drivers who miss tolls, and who do not pay unpaid tolls within the two-week grace period, to receive an invoice for their tolls. By paying the invoice, you will avoid getting a toll violation. There is a small fee for waiting to receive the invoice. Typically, this fee is only $3.00 for drivers of regular cars or pick-ups, SUVs, etc.

If you fail to pay a toll invoice, two reminders will be sent before a toll violation is issued.

You may pay your Illinois Tollway invoice online, if you wish. There is no additional fee to pay the invoice online.

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Want To Mail Your Payment?

If you can not or choose to not pay online, you may mail toll payments, with the proper toll form, within fourteen (14) days of the unpaid toll, or you may mail your toll invoice, if you have received one.

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Mail your completed form to the following address:

Illinois Tollway
P.O. Box 5382
Chicago, IL 60680-5382

REMEMBER: Payment for all tolls is required.

Three unpaid tolls within a 24-month period results in a violation being issued and the possible suspension of vehicle registration and/or driving privileges.

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PAYING TOLLS IN ILLINOIS

When you use the Illinois Tollway, you may pay with pay with cash, pay online or use an IPass or E-ZPass Transponder.

Cash Payment System

The cash payment system speaks for itself. When you pay by cash, you are responsible for having sufficient funds to pay for your tolls while driving on the Illinois Tollway system.

If you do not have enough cash, you pay online or mail your payment within fourteen (14) days.

If you are unable to pay your toll, you will receive a ticket/certificate of passage for the amount of the unpaid toll, plus an administrative fine.

Cashless Tolling / Paying Online

The Illinois Tollway has many exits and plazas that are unmanned or use cashless tolling. These facilities require that you pay online, or you may use an IPass or E-ZPass.

When you pay online, you must do so within 14 days; otherwise, you will get a toll invoice with a small invoicing fee.

If you wait to get a toll invoice, you must pay it, within the specified time period, to avoid a toll violation. Three violations within 24 months could result in the suspension of your driving privileges.

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Illinois IPass

Illinois uses a toll pass called IPass. IPass is on the E-ZPass electronic toll collection network. Transponders displaying the E-ZPass or IPass logo will work in Illinois.

IPass and E-ZPass Compatibility

You may use an IPass or E-ZPass issued by another state when traveling on the Illinois Thruway system. Make sure you have adequate funds in your E-ZPass account before making your trip; otherwise, you will be assessed a toll violation and fine.

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VEHICLE CLASSES

Counting Axles

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This graphic provides general information about how to count the number of axles on your vehicle. See the information below for detailed information for Illinois.

About Vehicle Classes

The classification system in Illinois is slightly different than other states. Toll classes are grouped into two main categories: Passenger cars and Commercial Vehicles.

Motorcycles count as a car, including motorcycles with a sidecar. Motorcycles with a trailer would count two axles for the motorcycle, plus the number of axles on the trailer, to get a total.

Vehicle Categories

In Illinois, these are the vehicle classifications. There are no weight or height considerations when calculating tolls.

  • Auto/Motorcycle: 2-axle vehicle with four (4) or fewer tires, like a car, SUV or a motorcycle.
  • Small Truck: 2-axle truck or box truck with six (6) or fewer tires, including buses.
  • Medium Truck: 3-axle and 4-axle vehicles in any combination.
  • Large Truck: 5-axles or more.
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