Traveling to Texas


PlatePass® is an electronic toll payment system that enables renters to use high-speed electronic toll collection lanes and bypass backups at cash lanes. The PlatePass service enables you to avoid costly toll violation fines otherwise incurred if high-speed toll lanes are used without special equipment. PlatePass is offered by participating rental car companies including Hertz throughout Texas. If a customer travels on the Texas toll toads when driving participating rental car company vehicle, the renter has the option of using the EZ TAG, TxTag, or TollTag non-gated fast lanes.

Renter Question PlatePass® Response
1. How does it work? Customers automatically opt in to use PlatePass when they use the express lanes statewide in Texas with TxTag, EZ TAG in Houston, and TollTag in Dallas. When rental cars use these lanes, the toll system identifies the car and charges the posted toll to the Rental Agreement.
2. What does it cost? You will be charged the cash or pay-by-mail toll rate, whichever is higher, as published by the toll authority, plus a service fee detailed in your rental agreement. See your rental agreement for additional information about service fees.
3. Why am I being charged a service fee? The fee pays for the convenience of the program.
4. How am I charged for this service? Tolls will be charged at the toll authority’s posted cash rate, along with a service fee that is detailed in your rental agreement. Tolls and service fees will be charged to the credit card on file with your rental car company. See your rental agreement for specific pricing information.
5. How do I get a receipt or view my charges? You can access a receipt online and view your toll activity at www.PlatePass.com. You will need your rental agreement number along with your rental return date.
6. Where can I use PlatePass in Texas? Anywhere you see a signed EZ TAG, TxTag, or TollTag lane which is non-gated. If the renter enters a cash-only or coin lane, then the renter will have to pay cash. Toll roads in Texas are located in Fort Worth, Dallas, Tyler, Austin, and Houston. The Harris County Toll Road system (EZ TAG) covers approximately 103 miles of roadway in the Houston / Harris County area. The Dallas North Tollway (TollTag) is a 32-mile connection between downtown Dallas and cities in northern Dallas, Collin and Denton Counties. The Central Texas Turnpike System (TxTag) in Austin includes the SH 130 (49 miles), SH 45N (approximately 13 miles), and the Loop 1 Extension (approximately three miles).
7. Where are the unmanned cashless toll roads in Texas? Austin: 183A, Loop 1 Extension, Manor Expressway, MoPac Expressway, State Highway 45 North, State Highway 45 Southeast, State Highway 71, State Highway 130, and State Highway 130 Segments 5 & 6 are unmanned, cashless toll roads.

Dallas/Fort Worth: Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Airport Freeway (TEXpress), Chisholm-Trail Parkway, Dallas North Tollway, DFW Connector (TEXpress), Interstate 35E (TEXpress), Interstate 35W (TEXpress), John W. Carpenter Freeway, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, Loop 12 (TEXpress), Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway (I-635/TEXpress), Mountain Creek Lake Toll Bridge, Northeast Loop 820 (TEXpress), President George Bush Turnpike, Sam Rayburn Tollway, State Highway 360, Tom Landry Freeway (TEXpress) are unmanned, cashless toll roads.

Houston: Airport Connector, Fort Bend Parkway, Grand Parkway, Hardy Toll Road, Katy Managed Lanes, Sam Houston Tollway - Northeast, State Highway 99, State Highway 249 and Westpark Tollway are unmanned, cashless toll roads.

In Tyler, Loop 49; in Laredo, State Highway 255; and in Brownsville, State Highway 550 are unmanned, cashless toll roads.
8. Why should I use PlatePass PlatePass can be used anywhere you see a signed EZ TAG, TxTag, or TollTag lane which is non-gated. If the renter enters a cash only or coin lane, then the renter will have to pay cash.
9. Where can I use PlatePass? PlatePass an be used anywhere you see a signed EZ TAG, TxTag, or TollTag lane which is non-gated. If the renter enters a cash only or coin lane, then the renter will have to pay cash.
10. How do I sign up for PlatePass? Every rental car is PlatePass ready. No pre-enrollment or sign up is needed. No extra paperwork is required and you do not have to stop at the Hertz counter.
11. Do EZ TAG, T Tag and/or TxTag holders get a discount on the toll amount? You are charged the posted cash toll rate.
12. Where else can I use this program? Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Texas, Washington and Puerto Rico. PlatePass enables rental car customers to avoid waiting in toll lines to pay cash or coins by using EXpressToll lanes in Colorado, the SunPass Only and E-Pass designated lanes in Florida, North Carolina Quick Pass, EZ TAG (non-gated) lanes in Texas, and Good to Go in Washington on State Road 520 Bridge and Tacoma Narrows Bridges only, as well as the AutoExpreso in Puerto Rico. In the Greater San Francisco Bay Area PlatePass is available on the following Bay Area Bridges: Antioch, Benicia-Martines, Carquines, Dumbarton, Golden Gate, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay, and San Mateo-Hayward. This means that a customer renting in any state throughout the U.S., can use PlatePass while traveling on toll roads in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Washington and Texas. PlatePass uses a transponder in the Northeast U.S. The service will be coming soon to other major toll markets.
13. What Telephone # can I call if I have a question about my rental car bill? Hertz Customer Service: 1-888-777-6095
14. What telephone number can I call if I have a question about PlatePass? PlatePass Customer Service: 1-877-411-4300. The renter can also visit the PlatePass website at www.PlatePass.com. For general questions, you may also email information@PlatePass.com.
15. What happens if I rent the car for a long period of time? You may end up having your charges broken up into more than one invoice.
16. What if I have my own tag and/or transponder? If you bring your own tag with you in the rental car during the trip, PlatePass will not be used or activated. It is in your best interest to call and notify your toll company if you will be using their tag in their rental car (EZ TAG: 281-875-EASY; TxTag: 1-888-GoTxTag; or TollTag: 1-877-991-0033). If the tag is not mounted properly on the windshield, it will not be activated or read by the toll system you drive through the toll lane. In this case, you will be charged for the toll through the PlatePass service. Although not possible, if you feel that you have been double billed by the toll authority and PlatePass, please contact PlatePass customer service at: 1-877-411-4300.
17. Why don’t I see a green light when I go through the TxTag lanes? The TxTag tolling system in Texas is set up for toll tag use. The green and red lights and buzzers at the plazas you discern whether there is something wrong with your transponder or account.
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