TEXAS TOLL CLASSES, PAYMENTS & VIOLATIONS

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Toll Information for Texas

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.

 

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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.

Texas 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.

CALCULATE TEXAS TOLLS ▷ 

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DRIVING TOLL ROADS IN TEXAS

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▷ Texas SH 130 SB approaching Cameron Road, near Austin Executive Airport. Photo taken August 14, 2017.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) has announced there will be no cash collections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cash customers should simply drive through and pay via the "Missed Toll" option. More from HCTRA ▷

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 various state and regional agencies.

The Texas Department of Transportation ("TxDOT"), through its Toll Operations Division, handles most of the state toll roads in the greater Austin area. The TxDOT Toll Operations Division was formerly known as the Texas Turnpike Authority.

The North Texas Tollway Authority operates most of the toll roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority manages most toll roads in the Houston metro area, operating some roads in conjunction with neighboring counties' toll agencies.

Other state, regional or local agencies manage or co-manage various toll roads or crossings, including international crossings.

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

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PAYING INVOICES OR MISSED TOLLS

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.

 PAY A TXTAG INVOICE ▷ 

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.

 TOLL TAG/ZIP CASH PAYMENTS ▷ 

HCTRA has announced there will be no cash collections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cash customers should simply drive through and pay via the "Missed Toll" option. More from HCTRA ▷

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.

 HCTRA MISSED TOLL ▷ 

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.

 LOCATE HCTRA ACCOUNT ▷ 

To speak to someone in one of the big three Texas agencies, please reference the telephone numbers below.

  • TxTag (Texas): 888-468-9824
  • TollTag (Dallas): 972-818-6882
  • EZ Tag (Houston): 281-875-3279

 

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PAYING TOLLS IN TEXAS

Cash Payment System

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 (All-electronic Tolling)

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.

Texas TxTag and Regional Agencies

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.

TxTag Compatibility

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.

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VEHICLE CLASSES

Counting Axles

counting axles quick reference

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

About Vehicle Classes

The classification system is simple in Texas. Tolls are calculated based on the number of axles your vehicle has. Any trailers that are towed behind your vehicle will also have the axles counted. When you count the axles on your vehicle, be certain to include both the number of axles on the vehicle and the trailer to get your total.

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.

Axle Classes

  • 2-axle vehicles - includes a car, van, SUV, motorcycle or pickup truck
  • 3-axle vehicles - including any trailer
  • 4-axle vehicles - including any trailer
  • 5-axle vehicles - including any trailer
  • 6 or more axles - including any trailer

If you have more than six axles on your vehicle, including trailers, simply use the 6-axle class when calculating your toll.

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