Driving The Toll Roads FAQs
How can I pay tolls if I have a new car with paper plates from the car dealership?
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.
If you have a FasTrak account, the temporary license plate number and, then, the permanent license plate number must be added to the account before driving The Toll Roads. When you add the license plate to your account, a free sticker transponder will be sent for the vehicle.
The temporary and permanent license plate numbers can be used to pay a toll online at TheTollRoads.com or using The Toll Roads app. An account is not needed.
If the vehicle does not have a license plate for some 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 monitors The Toll Roads to enforce this law.
Where can I use my FasTrak transponder?
You can use FasTrak to pay tolls on every tolled bridge, lane and road in California. Learn more about FasTrak.
It's important to get a transponder from the agency that operates the tolled bridge, lane or road you’ll use most because each tolling agency has its own rules and requirements.
What information do I need to pay my toll(s) online?
To pay a toll online, you need your license plate number and the date(s) you drove The Toll Roads.
Don't worry if you aren’t sure where you entered or exited The Toll Roads, you can select the "Calculate My Toll(s) For Me" option. Or, under the "I’ll Calculate My Toll(s)" option select "Unknown" from the drop down menu as your entry and exit point.
How do I pay tolls on The Toll Roads?
Tolls incurred on The Toll Roads can be paid using:
- FasTrak® Account – FasTrak is a preestablished account that can be used to pay tolls electronically on every tolled bridge, lane and road in California. Learn more about FasTrak.
- FasTrak Prepaid – Tolls are prepaid and eligible for a discount.
- FasTrak Charge – Tolls are charged individually to the credit card on file
No Account, No Problem. Tolls can be paid at TheTollRoads.com or via The Toll Roads app within five days before or five days after driving The Toll Roads. Click here to pay a toll.
Tolls can be paid with cash at our Customer Service Walk-In Center located at 125 Pacifica, Irvine, CA (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).
Drivers can also pay tolls with cash using PayNearMe. To do so, visit TheTollRoads.com, click “Pay Toll Now,” follow steps, select “cash” on payment screen, receive barcode, present barcode to store clerk. A convenience fee is added to each transaction at the time of payment. To see participating locations, click here, enter your city and “The Toll Roads of Orange County” as the biller.
Where are The Toll Roads?
The Toll Roads, State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261, are located in Orange County, California.
See a map (PDF) of The Toll Roads and toll rates (PDF).
Do hybrid or electric vehicles travel The Toll Roads for free or at a discount?
No. All hybrid and electric vehicles pay tolls on The Toll Roads.
Can I tow a boat or trailer on The Toll Roads?
Yes, boats and trailers can be towed on The Toll Roads.
If paying with FasTrak, the license plate of the boat or trailer must be registered to your account - which can be done online or by using The Toll Roads app.
If you don't have an account, pay toll(s) online at TheTollRoads.com or via The Toll Roads app within five days before or five days after driving. You will need to know both the vehicle and trailer's lisence plate numbers and the number of axles.
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 regular highways.
Please note, boats and trailers cannot be towed in the 91 Express Lanes, the tolled lanes in the median of the 91 Freeway. The 91 Express Lanes are owned and operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority and Riverside County Transportation Commission.
Is there a penalty for drivers who do not pay their toll(s)?
If a driver does not have an account and does not pay their toll(s) within five days before or after driving, 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.
Do vehicles with two or more passengers ride for free on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads?
No. On The Toll Roads, all vehicles are charged a toll 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please note, some tolling agencies in California offer discounted rates or free rides to carpooling and/or high occupancy vehicles. Additionally, those facilities may require a FasTrak hardcase switchable transponder to recieve discounts.
For more information please visit:
- 91 Express Lanes
- SR 125 South Bay Expressway
- I-15 Express Lanes
- LA Metro Express Lanes
- Bay Area FasTrak
Should casual users, tourists and visitors sign up for an account?
They certainly can, but would probably prefer to use our online payment option, which does not require a pre-established account and allows drivers to pay their toll(s) online or via The Toll Roads app within 5 days before or 5 days after driving The Toll Roads. Paying tolls online means no invoices, statements or transponders. Frequent visitors who use The Toll Roads benefit from having a FasTrak Charge account. With FasTrak Charge – tolls are charged individually to a credit card on file.
How do I pay tolls if I am driving a rental/loaner vehicle?
If you have a hardcase switchable transponder: Before driving The Toll Roads, add the vehicle's license plate number to your account temporarily and transfer the hardcase transponder to the vehicle.
If you have a sticker transponder: Sticker transponders cannot be moved from vehicle to vehicle. Before driving The Toll Roads, add the vehicle's license plate number to your account temporarily. License plate recognition will collect the toll(s) via your account.
You can also pay tolls incurred by a rental/loaner vehicle at TheTollRoads.com, The Toll Roads app or through your rental company.
Many rental car companies offer ways to pay tolls conveniently through the rental agreement. Before driving a rental car on The Toll Roads, ask the rental car company how they process tolls and fees.
You can pay tolls without an account within five days before and five days after driving The Toll Roads at TheTollRoads.com and using The Toll Roads app.
Additionally, tolls can be paid at our Customer Service Walk-In Center, located at 125 Pacifica, Irvine, CA 92618 (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).
Information about driving a rental vehicle on The Toll Roads.