Using E-ZPass®

You need an E-ZPass to use the 495 and 95 Express Lanes.

You have two E-ZPass options – standard E-ZPass or E-ZPass® FlexSM.  The E-ZPass you need depends on how you plan to use the Express Lanes. You can use the E-ZPass Flex to ride toll-free if HOV-3 on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, or as an HOV-2 vehicle on the express lanes on I-66 inside the Beltway.


Get Your E-ZPass Now

E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex are available in Virginia and Maryland.

You Can Get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at:

  • AAA Mid-Atlantic locations
  • Select Wegmans locations
  • Select Giant Food Stores
  • Virginia DMVs

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To Get an E-ZPass, You Will Need:

  • Driver's License Number
  • License Plate Number
  • Credit Card Information

In Virginia you can also call 877-762-7824 or visit your nearest E-ZPass Service Center.

Want to Swap Your Existing E-ZPass for an E-ZPass Flex?

Go to and look for "Make the switch to E-ZPass Flex" at the top of the page. Virginia E-ZPass will mail you an E-ZPass Flex and provide you an envelope to mail back your standard E-ZPass.

Do you live in Washington, D.C.?

You can sign up for a Virginia or Maryland E-ZPass account.

Do I have to get an E-ZPass Flex?

No. If you don't think you'll travel the 495 or 95 Express Lanes with three or more people - or travel the express lanes on I-66 inside the Beltway with two or more people - in your vehicle then you need a standard E-ZPass.

How long does it take for my Express Lanes trip to post to my E-ZPass account?

It takes about 5-7 days for your Express Lanes trip to post to your E-ZPass account. If you have questions about a recent or pending trip, please contact our customer service center.

Before your trip on the Express Lanes:

  • Make sure your E-ZPass is correctly mounted in your car
  • Make sure your E-ZPass account is linked to your license plate
  • Make sure your E-ZPass can be read through the windshield
  • Make sure your E-ZPass account is in good standing with sufficient funds in your account
  • Ensure your address is updated and correct with the DMV
  • Consider setting your account up with auto replenishment to avoid having to remember your balance

Find out More

For more information about E-ZPass including questions about fees or obtaining an E-ZPass, please visit the Virginia or Maryland E-ZPass websites. To get answers to your E-ZPass and Express Lanes questions, check out the FAQs page.

For information about the express lanes on I-66 inside the Beltway, managed by the Virginia Department of Transportation, please visit

Read more tips for using E-ZPass

Check out our video to learn more about how to properly use E-ZPass