Any driver that uses a toll road in Texas is expected to pay the toll for that roadway. In Texas, the tolls are set by the Texas Department of Transportation, "TxDOT", through its Toll Operations Division, formerly known as the Texas Turnpike Authority, or by regional toll agencies that work with TxDOT.
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. You must first have your violation statement. You will need the violation statement to begin the payment process. In Texas, violation statements are normally mailed within six weeks of the violation.
If you traveled a toll road in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, and you do not have a compatible toll pass, you will have to pay your tolls via a ZipCash invoice, which will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
If you have an NTTA TollTag, you may also pay your invoices online.
If you missed a toll in the Houston Area, you may wish to check with the HCTRA toll violation page in order to check your license plate with their database. It may take 10 days for local drivers to see their license information, and out-of-state drivers may notice a latency of up to 30 days before their data is available.
If you have an HCTRA EZ Tag, you may pay your invoices online. To check your account or determine whehter you need to activate an account, please locate your account with HCTRA.
To speak to someone in one of the big three Texas 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 Texas 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.
All roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area are AET, as are all the Central Texas toll roads.
Statewide, Texas has an electronic toll system called TxTag. TxTag transponders can be used by private and commercial users on all Texas toll roads, but there is limited compatibility with other states. See below for more information.
There are also two large and other smaller, regional tolling agencies in texas that issue their own toll pass transponders, including the North Texas Tollway Authority and the Harris County Toll Road Authority.
If you have a Texas TxTag, NTTA TollTag or HCTRA EZ Tag, it will be compatible with all toll roads in Texas, as well as the Kansas Turnpike in Kansas.
NTTA TollTags are also compatible with the Oklahoma PikePass system. However, TxTag and the EZ Tag are not fully integrated into Oklahoma; hence, they should not be used there.
Make certain you have sufficient funds on your TxTag or compatible account to pay for the toll charges you will incur; otherwise, it will count as a toll violation.