Veteran Discount Program
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is waiving tolls on several Texas toll roads for eligible veterans, who must be in a vehicle registered with the State of Texas and displaying a qualified specialty license plate. Qualifying Texas license plates are recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Air Force Cross (Legion of Valor), Distinguished Service Cross (Legion of Valor), Army Distinguished Service Cross (Legion of Valor), Navy Cross (Legion of Valor), Purple Heart and disabled veterans who qualify and meet the requirements for a disabled veteran license plate.
What is the Texas Department of Transportation’s veteran toll waiver program?
To be eligible to participate in the Veteran Toll Waiver Program, the Texas Department of Transportation requires that at the time of the transaction, the vehicle be:
- Registered with the State of Texas, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles;
- Issued a qualifying specialty plate and properly display the qualifying license plate;
- Operated for the use of the eligible veteran to whom it is registered; and
- Operate on a participating TxDOT toll road.
Am I eligible for the veteran toll waiver program?
To find out if you are eligible for one of the qualifying specialty license plates, visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Any problems or discrepancies with vehicle registrations or with specialty license plates must be resolved between the vehicle owner and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
Which toll roads are included in TxDOT's veteran toll waiver program?
Central Texas Turnpike System (CTTS) - Austin Metro Area which includes:
- SH 130: Segments 1 through 4 of State Highway 130 (SH 130), from Interstate Highway 35 (IH 35) to United States Highway 183 (US 183).
- SH 45N
- Loop 1: Northward from the non-tolled portion of Loop 1 at Parmer Lane to the SH 45N.
- SH 45SE
- Segments E, F-1, F-2, and G provide travel between I-10 and US 59N on the west and northwest side of Houston. This segment also includes a small portion of Segment D near 1-10.
- Segment I-2 extends from Interstate 10 south to Fisher Road in Chambers County, east side of Houston. This toll road segment is near Baytown.
- DFW Connector (SH 114/121) - Dallas Metro Area.
- The managed lanes are located in the existing median on SH 114.
- I-30 Managed Lanes: From Sylvan Avenue in Dallas County to just west of Center Street in Tarrant County.
- I-635E Express Lanes: HOV lanes on I-635 from US 75 to I-30 are in the process of being transitioned into HOV/express lanes.
- I-35E Managed Lanes: Span 18 miles from Denton County to Dallas County.
What about other toll roads in Texas?
For information about other toll roads in Texas and if they offer a similar program for veterans 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 specialty license plate.
How do I participate in the veteran toll waiver program?
Eligible veterans displaying a qualifying 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 toll waiver. If your vehicle's license plate is not correctly identified by the tolling equipment and you are charged for 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 specialty license plate.
When did the veteran program go into effect?
TxDOT began waiving tolls for eligible veterans on December 24, 2012.
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 qualifying 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?
The qualifying veteran must be in the 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 qualifying 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 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Air Force Cross or Distinguished Service Cross, the Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans. 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.