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) or Distinguished Service Cross (Legion of Valor), the Army Distinguished Service Cross (Legion of Valor), Navy Cross (Legion of Valor) and Purple Heart.
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: From US 183 on the west to SH 130 on the east.
- Loop 1: This element extends northward from the non-tolled portion of Loop 1 at Parmer Lane to the SH 45N.
- SH 45SE: This portion links IH 35 at FM 1327, north of the City of Buda, to the junction of SH 130 and US 183 near Mustang Ridge.
- Expanding the SH 114 and SH 121 interchange. The managed lanes are located in the existing median on SH 114.
- 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.
- From the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge to I-35 north of Laredo.
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.
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 linked to each vehicle(s).
You can order a TxTag online. If you already have a TxTag and want to make sure your TxTag is properly linked with your eligible veteran license plate, please call the TxTag Customer Service Center during regular business hours 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 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.
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, 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.