Driving The Toll Roads FAQs

Yes. We offer a corporate subsidy program in which employers can contribute to FasTrak accounts. A minimum of 100 participants is required. Please have your human resources representative call The Toll Roads for details at (949) 727-4800. 

Yes, boats and trailers can be towed on The Toll Roads. If paying with an electronic tolling account, the license plate number of the boat or trailer must be listed on your account. You can add the plate online or using our free app. California State Highway laws also apply on The Toll Roads, therefore any vehicle pulling a boat or trailer must follow the same rules and regulations as on the other highways. Please note, boats and trailers cannot be towed in the 91 Express Lanes, the tolled lanes in the median of the 91 Freeway that are owned and operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority and Riverside County Transportation Commission.

No. All hybrid and electric vehicles pay tolls on The Toll Roads.

On The Toll Roads, all vehicles are charged a toll 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, some tolling agencies in California offer discounted rates or free rides to carpooling and/or high occupancy vehicles. It is a driver's responsibility to know the unique rules and toll rates for each toll facility they use.

Some facilities require a hardcase FasTrak switchable transponder to receive carpool and/or high occupancy vehicle discounts. Hardcase FasTrak switchable transponders have a small black switch that can be moved to indicate the number of occupants in the vehicle. Prior to starting each trip, it is the driver's responsibility to indicate the number of occupants in the vehicle by moving the switch to the appropriate setting (1, 2, 3+). 

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According to California law, all new vehicles sold after January 1, 2019, must have a temporary license plate with a temporary license plate number. Permanent license plates with permanent license plate numbers are issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 45 days. The temporary license plate number and, then, the permanent license plate number must be added to an ExpressAccount or FasTrak account for electronic toll collection. If you do not have an account, you can pay tolls online within 5 days before or 5 days after driving The Toll Roads by using the Pay Toll Now payment option found at TheTollRoads.com and The Toll Roads free app.

If the vehicle does not have a license plate for some other reason, it must have a FasTrak transponder properly mounted to the windshield. It is illegal to drive The Toll Roads in a vehicle that has no license plates and no FasTrak transponder. The California Highway Patrol monitor our roads to enforce this law.

If you have a hardcase switchable FasTrak transponder, you can temporarily add the vehicle's license plate number to your account and transfer that hardcase transponder to the vehicle.

If you have a sticker transponder, please do not remove it in an attempt to put it in your rental/loaner vehicle. The antenna will break and the sticker transponder will become unusable. Instead, temporarily add the rental/loaner vehicle’s license plate number to your account. License plate recognition will collect the toll(s) via your account using the payment method of your choice.

You can also pay tolls incurred by a rental/loaner vehicle at TheTollRoads.com, The Toll Roads free app or through your rental company.

If you do not have an account, you can have tolls charged directly to your credit card while using a rental car. Once you enter the license plate number, you will be directed through a process to have tolls charged directly to your credit card for all or part of your rental period. Some rental car agencies require you to pre-register the vehicle before driving The Toll Roads. Any trips incurred before you register the vehicle will be charged directly through the rental car agency after you return the vehicle, according to your rental agreement.

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There are five ways to pay tolls incurred on The Toll Roads:

  • FasTrak®
  • Charge ExpressAccount®
  • Invoice ExpressAccount®
  • Pay Tolls Online

FasTrak tolls are $1 less than the account toll rate. And, a FasTrak transponder allows accountholders to pay tolls electronically on every tolled bridge, lane and road in California. FasTrak drivers affix the transponder to their vehicle's windshield and when they pass through a tolling point the toll is automatically deducted from their account, which is prepaid using credit card, check or cash.

Currently there are two ExpressAccount types that allow for electronic toll payment without a FasTrak transponder. Photos of a vehicle's license plates are used to record transactions and tolls are charged to a credit card (Charge ExpressAccount) or invoiced at the end of the month (Invoice ExpressAccount). An ExpressAccount may only be used to pay tolls on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. The ExpressAccount toll is the account toll rate.

Note: Starting July 1, 2019, ExpressAccounts will begin the upgrade to FasTrak.  FasTrak offers the convenience of ExpressAccounts, but with added perks, like the ability to drive any tolled bridge, lane or road in California. The transition will be complete by October 1, 2019.

The option to pay tolls online was created for area visitors and infrequent users of The Toll Roads. Within 5 days before or 5 days after driving The Toll Roads, tolls can be paid using The Toll Roads free app or online at TheTollRoads.com.

If the driver does not have an account and does not use the online Pay Toll Now option, a violation will be processed for each transaction. A violation penalty will be assessed in addition to the toll, consistent with our current policy for non-payment.


See a map of The Toll Roads and toll rates.

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