Frequently Asked Questions – Veteran Discount Tolling

Are there certain toll lanes I must use?

Yes.

If your eligible vehicle has an EZ TAG backed by an active EZ TAG Account, you may use any lane displaying the “EZ TAG” sign.

If your eligible vehicle does NOT have an EZ TAG, you may only use EZ TAG-Only lanes. All other toll lanes will require cash payment.

Most eligible vehicles will automatically receive the discounted tolling rate in EZ TAG lanes as described above. If your vehicle is not recognized as an eligible vehicle for the program, resulting in a toll charge applied to your EZ TAG Account or the receipt of a toll violation invoice, please contact us during regular business hours for resolution.

Do I need an EZ TAG to be eligible for the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program?

No, an EZ TAG is not required for participation in the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program, but a vehicle with an EZ TAG will have greater access to the Harris County and Fort Bend County toll road system.

If your eligible vehicle does NOT have an EZ TAG, you may only use EZ TAG-Only lanes. All other toll lanes will require cash payment

Get an EZ TAG.

How do I participate in the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program?

If your eligible vehicle has an EZ TAG backed by an active EZ TAG Account, you may use any lane displaying the “EZ TAG” sign.

If your eligible vehicle does NOT have an EZ TAG, you may only use EZ TAG-Only lanes. All other toll lanes will require cash payment.

Most eligible vehicles will automatically receive the discounted tolling rate in EZ TAG lanes as described above. If your vehicle is not recognized as an eligible vehicle for the program, resulting in a toll charge applied to your EZ TAG Account or the receipt of a toll violation invoice, please contact us during regular business hours for resolution.

Per Texas Transportation Code 372.053, eligibility is limited to vehicles which are:

1. registered with the State of Texas and
2. displaying the qualifying specialty license plate for any of the following:

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Legion of Valor recipients

Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Note: To see examples of qualifying Texas license plates, please visit www.txdmv.gov and select “Specialty License Plates.”

I am a veteran with a disability. Am I eligible for the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program?

Per Texas Transportation Code § 372.053, eligibility is limited to vehicles which are:

1. registered with the State of Texas and
2. displaying the qualifying specialty license plate for any of the following:

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Legion of Valor recipients

Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Note: To see examples of qualifying Texas license plates, please visit www.txdmv.gov and select “Specialty License Plates.”

If I used a Harris County or Fort Bend County toll road prior to December 18, 2009, do I have to pay those tolls?

Yes. Tolls incurred before the program's implementation date of December 18, 2009 require full toll payment. Tolls incurred by Legion of Valor recipients prior to September 1, 2013 also require full toll payment. Failure to pay a toll will result in a Violation Invoice. A Violation Invoice requires payment of the toll violation event plus toll violation administrative and attorney fees.

What if I am a veteran with a qualifying license plate, pulling a trailer?

If you have a qualifying license plate and received a Toll Violation Invoice because you were pulling a trailer, you will be required to complete a Toll Declaration form. The Toll Declaration form will attest that the trailer's license plate number that is reflected on the invoice was being pulled by 1) a vehicle registered with a qualifying specialty license plate, or 2) a vehicle registered to a Medal of Honor recipient. Once HCTRA's Customer Service Department receives your affidavit, the violation invoice will be closed and our records will be amended.

What if I don’t have a qualifying veteran’s license plate?

Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Per Texas Transportation Code § 372.053, eligibility is limited to vehicles which are:

1. registered with the State of Texas and
2. displaying the qualifying specialty license plate for any of the following:

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Legion of Valor recipients

Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Note: To see examples of qualifying Texas license plates, please visit www.txdmv.gov and select “Specialty License Plates.”

What if I’m a veteran with multiple cars – are all of my cars eligible? What about my spouse’s car?

Per Texas Transportation Code § 372.053, eligibility is limited to vehicles which are:

1. registered with the State of Texas and
2. displaying the qualifying specialty license plate for any of the following:

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Legion of Valor recipients
Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Note: To see examples of qualifying Texas license plates, please visit www.txdmv.gov and select “Specialty License Plates.”

What is Texas Transportation Code § 372.053?

Texas Transportation Code § 372.053, adopted by the State of Texas during the 2009 Texas Legislative Session and amended in 2013, authorizes Texas tolling entities to offer discounted or free tolls to Texas-registered vehicles with qualifying specialty license plates for Disabled Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, Medal of Honor recipients, and Legion of Valor recipients.

What is the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Veteran Discount Tolling Program?

Effective December 18, 2009, eligible veterans receive free tolls. An amendment to the Texas Transportation Code § 372.053 in the 2013 legislative session provided the inclusion of Legion of Valor recipients to the program, effective September 1, 2013.

The HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program was approved by Harris County Commissioners Court on September 29, 2009.

Per Texas Transportation Code § 372.053, eligibility is limited to vehicles which are:

1. registered with the State of Texas and
2. displaying the qualifying specialty license plate for any of the following:

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Legion of Valor recipients

Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Note: To see examples of qualifying Texas license plates, please visit www.txdmv.gov and select “Specialty License Plates.”

Where does the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program apply?

The HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program applies only to Harris County Toll Road Authority and Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority toll roads.

Each tolling entity may choose if and how they implement Texas Transportation Code 372.053. Please check with other tolling agencies directly for questions about their policies and programs.

Who is eligible for the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program?

Per Texas Transportation Code § 372.053, eligibility is limited to vehicles which are:

1. registered with the State of Texas and
2. displaying the qualifying specialty license plate for any of the following:

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Legion of Valor recipients

Vehicles which are not eligible are required to pay the applicable toll.

Note: To see examples of qualifying Texas license plates, please visit www.txdmv.gov and select “Specialty License Plates.”

Whom should I contact for more information about the HCTRA Veteran Discount Tolling Program?

Please call (281) 875-3279, send us an e-mail, or visit one of our convenient store locations.