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Veteran Discount Program

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is waiving charges on several Texas toll roads for disabled vets and recipients of the Purple Heart or Legion of Valor who display a specialty license plate.

What is the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) veteran toll waiver program?
Starting December 24, 2012, disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart or Legion of Valor may drive free of charge on TxDOT toll roads. Veterans must be in a vehicle actively registered with the State of Texas and displaying a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate for tolls to be waived.

Am I eligible for the veteran toll waiver program?
For the toll charges to be waived, eligible veterans must be in a vehicle registered with the State of Texas and displaying a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate. To find out if you are eligible for one of the specialty plates, visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Any problems or discrepancies with vehicle registrations, or with disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plates must be resolved between the vehicle owner and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

When does the veteran program go into effect?
Tolls will be waived for eligible veterans starting December 24, 2012.

Which toll roads are included in TxDOT's veteran toll waiver program?
In the Austin area, eligible veterans will be able to drive free of charge on Loop 1, SH 45 North, SH 45 Southeast and SH 130 (Segments 1-4) from I-35, North of Georgetown to US 183 South of Austin. Also, eligible veterans will be able to travel free of charge on the Camino Colombia toll road, which is SH 255 near Laredo, SH 99 (Segment I-2) from I-10 south to Fisher Road, near Baytown, and SH 99 (Segments D & E) from I-10 to US 290.

What about other toll roads in Texas?
For information about other toll roads in Texas and if they offer a similar program for disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart or Legion of Valor, please visit the following websites:

Austin: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Brownsville: Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
Dallas – Ft Worth: North Texas Tollway Authority
Houston area: Harris County Toll Road Authority and Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority
Tyler area: North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Do I need a TxTag to be eligible for the veteran toll waiver program?
No. A TxTag is not required if you are traveling on toll roads included in TxDOT’s veteran toll waiver program. When driving on these toll roads, your vehicle will be identified by your disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate.

Will I receive the Veteran Toll Discount if I travel on a toll road NOT owned by TxDOT?
Each tolling agency has its own rules regarding toll-exempt vehicles. If you have questions regarding toll exemptions on other roadways, please contact the corresponding agency: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority , Harris County Toll Road Authority (EZ TAG), Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority or NTTA (TollTag).

To avoid unnecessary fees and fines on roadways operated by other tolling agencies, you must have a funded TxTag account. The TxTag(s) on your account must also be associated to each vehicle(s).

To obtain a TxTag, please visit www.txtag.org. If you already have a TxTag and want to make sure your TxTag is properly associated with your eligible veteran license plate, please call the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824. TxTag is accepted on all toll roads in Texas; and with a TxTag, you are always guaranteed the lowest toll rates on all toll roads in Texas.

How do I participate in the veteran toll waiver program?
Eligible veterans with a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate issued by the State of Texas will automatically have toll charges waived on TxDOT toll roads. You do not need to sign up or enroll to receive the discount. If your vehicle's license plate is not correctly identified by the tolling equipment and you are charged for your tolls, contact the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824.

Are there certain toll lanes I must use?
No. Eligible vehicles included in the Veteran Discount Program may use any toll lane. Toll equipment will identify your disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate.

If I used a TxDOT toll road prior to December 24, 2012, do I have to pay those tolls?
Yes. All charges related to travel on TxDOT toll roads before the effective date of the veteran toll waiver program must be paid in full. This includes any toll charges, administrative fees, or violation fees associated with tolls owed prior to December 24 – even if a bill or violation notice is not issued until after the veteran program is in effect.

What if I'm a veteran but do not have a qualifying veteran's license plate?
Tolls will only be waived for vehicles displaying a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate.

What are the requirements to qualify for a disabled veteran license plate?
Veterans can apply for the specialty license plate if they are certified by the Veterans Administration to have a 50 percent service-related disability, or 40 percent due to amputation of a lower extremity. Details about how to apply for the plates are available at the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website.

What if I have multiple cars? What about my spouse's car?
You must be in a vehicle with an eligible specialty license plate for toll charges to be waived.
Eligibility in the veteran toll waiver program is limited to vehicles which are registered with the State of Texas and displaying a disabled veteran, Purple Heart, or Legion of Valor specialty license plate, per Texas Transportation Code §372.053.

Why is TxDOT waiving toll charges for select veterans?
To support veterans for their service and sacrifice, TxDOT will provide free use of its toll roads and make getting around Texas easier for disabled veterans as well as Purple Heart and Legion of Valor recipients. Texas Transportation Code §372.053, adopted by the State of Texas during the 2009 Texas Legislative Session, authorizes TxDOT to offer discounted or free tolls to select veterans.

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