E-ZPass news and updates

I-494 Edina to Richfield project

Work has begun on the next Minnesota E-ZPass lanes. A four-year construction project on I-494 in Edina, Bloomington and Richfield includes adding new E-ZPass lanes between Hwy 100 and I-35W. This multi-phase project brings other safety improvements along this busy Twin Cities interstate including a new ramp at the I-35W and I-494 interchange, new bridges at Portland Ave., Nicollet Ave., and 12th Ave., and the addition of a new pedestrian bridge at Chicago Ave. The E-ZPass lanes between Hwy 100 and I-35W are anticipated to open in fall 2026. MnDOT is actively seeking funding for subsequent phases of the project which extend the E-ZPass lanes to Hwy 77 near the airport.

To learn more, visit the I-494 Edina to Richfield project webpage where you can sign up for project email updates.

I-35W in Bloomington project

I-35W will be resurfaced in 2023 with additional lanes added between 98th St. and 106th St. Four intersections will receive improved ramps, sidewalks, and signals. Construction includes lane width restrictions, shoulder and ramp closures, and weekend full closures. E-ZPass lanes should remain open, but construction will impact traffic in the area. To learn more, visit the I-35W in Bloomington project webpage where you can sign up for project email updates.

For real-time traffic and travel information, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the Apple app Store.

E-ZPass tag vs. MnPASS tag

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National E-ZPass network
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Our new switchable E-ZPass tag allows you to travel outside of Minnesota on any participating E-ZPass facility and pay tolls from your Minnesota account.

The old MnPASS switchable and sticker tags will continue to work here in Minnesota. There is no need to trade your old tag for a new E-ZPass tag unless you plan on traveling outside of Minnesota.

If you do plan on traveling outside of Minnesota, contact customer service to trade your MnPASS tag for a new E-ZPass tag. Once the new tag is assigned to your account, it may take up to 48 hours for it to be active out-of-state; plan accordingly.

The rules for using E-ZPass vary depending on where and when you travel. In Minnesota, single occupant vehicles pay a fee only during peak commuting hours. In other states, hours of operation change, and the number of people required for HOV status might be different. For a full list of E-ZPass states and rules, go to e-zpassiag.com click on “About E-ZPass” and then “Where can I use it.”

Out-of-state tags

If you already have an E-ZPass tag from another E-ZPass agency (for example I-PASS), please be sure to remove that tag from your vehicle if you are using one of our Minnesota tags (E-ZPass or MnPASS), or if you are carpooling and the tag doesn’t have the option to switch it into HOV mode. Other E-ZPass tags are always in fee-paying mode, and you will be charged. Not removing the tag from your vehicle may result in duplicate tolls or being charged when carpooling in Minnesota E-ZPass lanes.

Learn more about the differences between Minnesota and the national E-ZPass network.

Traveling with E-ZPass

A trip out-of-state, or a change in your driving pattern, may have an impact on your E-ZPass account. We recommend making a one-time payment or adjusting your automatic replenishment and low balance threshold amounts before traveling to avoid your balance falling negative before the next replenishment cycle. You may do this online or by contacting customer service at 1-866-397-4334.

Some E-ZPass agencies have a toll calculator to help estimate the cost of traveling. This estimation is customizable based on the roads you will drive on, your entry points, your exit points, and the number of axles on your vehicle. Minnesota does not use toll calculators because we use dynamic pricing in our lanes.

Using your tag in a rental vehicle

Your E-ZPass tag can be used in rental vehicles. Your rental vehicle should be added to your E-ZPass account as an additional vehicle while in use to avoid any potential violations. Be sure to immediately remove the rental vehicle from your account when you turn it back in. You may be held responsible for tolls until the rental vehicle is removed from your account. Additionally, several states elect not to reverse these charges for customers when they occur.

Many rental vehicles are already equipped with tolling devices, be sure to work with your rental car company to deactivate their device and use your own E-ZPass tag.

E-ZPass Minnesota electric vehicle incentive

This program addresses a larger goal of trying to get more electric vehicles on the road in Minnesota by giving E-ZPass Minnesota credits to people who purchase or lease a new or used electric vehicle between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2025. The E-ZPass Minnesota incentive encourages those who are thinking about purchasing or leasing a vehicle to choose an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Note: you must have or open an E-ZPass Minnesota account including all minimum balances and fees, as applicable, to receive E-ZPass Minnesota credit. Only one electric vehicle incentive per account. E-ZPass Minnesota promotional credits can be used only on Minnesota E-ZPass lanes.

How it works

  • Purchase or lease a new or used battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2025. (Not valid for electric motorcycles. Motorcycles are always free on E-ZPass Minnesota lanes.)
  • Verify proof of purchase, proof of lease or title transfer with the E-ZPass Minnesota customer service center.
    • Note: Qualifying proof of purchase or lease can be submitted by email to customerservice@ezpassmn.net. You will be notified once it is approved.
  • Receive a one-time credit per account to pay toll charges for using E-ZPass Minnesota lanes.
  • Battery electric vehicles receive a one-time E-ZPass Minnesota credit of $250.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles receive a one-time E-ZPass Minnesota credit of $125.
  • E-ZPass Minnesota credits do not expire unless the account is closed. All other terms of agreement apply.
  • Credit is available one time only per account and only valid for the E-ZPass Minnesota system.

For More Information
Contact E-ZPass Minnesota customer service center or call 1-866-397-4334.