How to Buy a California FasTrak

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The traffic in California can literally give a person a headache because of the congestion and smog. With the FasTrak, bridges and highway tolls can be prepaid in exchange for a transponder which tallies your toll usage. A bill is then assessed and sent to you for payment. FasTrak has greatly cut down on the time one spends sitting in smog and traffic. Here is how you can buy a California FasTrak.

Call and get the application. The application can be found on the Bay Area FasTrak website, by calling 1-800-378-TRAK, or visiting the toll authority office in your area.

Agree to pay the tolls, install and use the toll tag, and any other clause in the application and agreement. Sign the application and mail it in.

Pay the prepaid toll amount of $25 when using a credit card and $50 when using cash or check. This is paid to the toll authority in your area.

Pay a $20 deposit for the toll tags. The deposit will be returned when the tag is returned. If the tags are lost, the deposit will be kept by the toll authority and another $20 will be charged for new tags.

Get your bill in the mail or by email and pay it. You have 30 days to question charges. Meet the deadline or you will be paying for a toll.


  • check FasTrak can be used at the following tolls: 91 Express Lanes operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority, I-15, San Diego, SR-125, San Diego, Bay Area toll bridges, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • check Use a FasTrak to pay parking fees at eligible facilities. Look for the FasTrak logo.

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