How Does an E-ZPass New York Prepaid Toll Account Work?


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A driver with an E-ZPass New York prepaid toll account fixes an electronic tag on his vehicle windscreen which transmits information, enabling a toll to be collected directly from his account as he enters a toll lane. Account holders do not need to carry cash; all payments are made electronically.

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A driver can sign up for a passenger vehicle E-ZPass On-the-Go account by purchasing a pre-packaged passenger car tag at a participating retailer. The driver then registers his tag online by visiting the E-ZPass website, or calls the number given on the website to register. As soon as the tag is registered, he can use it to pay for tolls as the vehicle passes through the toll lanes. Each tag is registered to one vehicle: an individual can own up to four tags for different passenger vehicles.

A driver can also apply for an account directly online or visit the website to download the application form and mailing it to the given address. Alternatively, he can pick up an application form at a Thruway toll plaza, or visit an E-ZPass walk-in center.

As long as his account is in good status, a driver can use his tag throughout New York and in 15 different states, wherever he sees the E-ZPass logo. The Port Authorities of New York, New Jersey and Delaware crossings also accept E-ZPasses.

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