For license plate tolls, plate payment invoices and notices may be available to be paid immediately online. This is particularly true for a pre-registered plate payment account. In Washington, there is only one agency's set of rules concerning paying by plate.
If you do not pay a license plate toll online right away, you will have to wait a period of up to several weeks before an invoice is generated.
In the case of a toll violation or a missed toll, you will also have to wait a period of time, typically up to 30 days, before a violation notice or an invoice is created.
In situations involving the mailing of a toll notice or invoice, the notice will be sent to the address that matches the vehicle registration. It will not be sent to the address of the driver.
In many cases, you may look up your notice or invoice online, using only the vehicle's license plate number, to find tolls that may be due.
In the state of Washington, there is one agency that manages toll collection.
Go to the payments section below. Available payment options are provided your convenience. These options will take you to the correct payment website for the toll road you have been traveling.
Payments accepted on toll roads in Washington include the following:
Good To Go and Compatible Passes
The state of Washington accepts Good To Go and the following transponders:
For a complete list of roadways on which these passes are compatible, refer to the Washington road list below.
Pay By Plate & Toll Invoices
Washington toll roads offer a pay-by-plate option, which means you can pay your toll online within a few days, or you will receive an invoice. A picture or a video is taken of your vehicle license plate, and an invoice is mailed to the registration address on file for the vehicle. Failing to make a toll payments after getting in invoice could result in a toll violation.
For a road-by-roadway list of where each payment type is accepted, jump to the Washington road list below.
Use this resource to pay your tolls and toll violations online. Payment options for each agency are shown below, whether you need to pay by plate, by invoice, pay for a missed toll, or a handle a toll violation. In some cases, you may be able to dispute a toll.
In the state of Washington, the following agency collects tolls:
The Washington State Department Of Transportation is also known as “WSDOT”.
Toll Payment Options For The Washington State Department Of Transportation:
Buttons will take you to the agency website or agency-authorized website designated for online payments. If a button is faded, the option is not available.
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The Washington State Department Of Transportation is responsible for managing the following roads:
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This road-by-road listing shows which toll payment types are accepted on each road, bridge crossing or tunnel, as may be the case.
Many toll agencies have converted to all-electronic tolls, meaning cash is not accepted. On roadways that are all-electronic, or cashless, toll payments may be made by one of the following methods:
Many agencies offer license plate tolling options, what is most frequently called "plate pay". Most agencies, however, have many other names for license plate tolls, including "Pay by Plate", "Toll by Plate", "Pay by Mail", and similar phrases. Using the license plate payment method allows drivers to travel toll roads, without having to buy a transponder or carry cash.
Plate payment involves taking a snapshot of your vehicle's license plate, using other equipment to determine your vehicle class, then issuing a toll statement, often on a 30-day invoicing schedule.
License Plate Payments Online
Many agencies offer the option to pay license plate tolls online. Some agencies even allow you to make a license plate payment before you travel. As for toll invoices, these are most often paid online, but agencies will also accept in-person cash payments, in some cases, as well as payment by check, but only after the invoice, itself, has been generated.
Often, plate payment invoices are mailed once per month, but it may take several weeks for an invoice to be generated and mailed. When the invoice is sent, it will be mailed to the address on file with the state where the photographed license plate is registered.
Toll invoices may include an administrative fee for issuing the invoice.
What Are Registered And Unregistered Plate Accounts?
Registering a licence plate simply means you have provided your vehicle information to the tolling agency responsible for handling licence-plate billing. Often, registering a license plate may result in reduced tolls, similar to using an agency-issued toll pass.
Unregistered license plate only means you have not provided your license plate to a tolling agency that issues toll invoices. If a roadway offers a "Pay-by-Plate", "Toll-by-Plate" or similar payment option, you do not need to register your license plate in order to receive a toll bill.
Toll transponders issued by state or regional tolling agencies are, typically, the preferred method for making toll payments.
When using a compatible toll pass, your tolls are automatically deducted from your prepaid account. Many juristictions now have mobile apps to let you manage your transponder account from your phone.
The compatibility of a toll pass will depend upon the state in which you travel and the roadway being used. Our Toll Pass section has a complete list of compatible roads for each state.
Toll pass networks are becoming more integrated, particularly across the eastern United States and the Southern Plains, but many states are also opting to use isolated networks and charge by license plate, as well.
Cash payments are fairly self-explanatory. Paying with cash means using legal tender, whether notes or coins, in order to pay your toll.
For agencies that collect cash payments, tolls are often taken at unstaffed toll booths. In such cases, exact change is often required. At a staffed toll booth, change is typically provided.
In case exact an payment is not available, many agencies will permit overpayment at an unstaffed toll booth; however, no change will be issued for payment above the required toll. Change can only be issued at staffed toll booths.
In such circumstances, the option to use a credit card or debit card is sometimes available, as is using a mobile payment app.
Toll payment apps have been adopted in many jurisdictions. Most agencies already offer the option to manage a toll transponder account via an app. As states and agencies continue adopting more sophisticated technology, the option to pay all tolls using a mobile app is becoming more widespread.
Meanwhile, companies like GoToll, Paytollo, PlusPass, among others, have struck agreements with agencies to accept customer payments, making the use of private-sector mobile apps a common occurence.
However, not all apps currently have agreements with each of the agencies that charge tolls. Furthermore, no single agency currently accepts all apps for payment, and no toll payment app has yet been adopted universally. This makes compatibility somewhat of an issue, at least for the time being.
Credit card payments or debit card payments are used on some roadways, particularly across the Midwest and on privately-managed roads; however, this option is offered neither widely nor universally.
In states or on roadways the option to use a credit card or debit is permitted, the cards typically be part of a recognized financial network, such as Visa or Master Card.