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Using E-ZPass® 

You need an E-ZPass to use the 495 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.

E-ZPass allows you to pay your tolls electronically without slowing down. And, the E-ZPass Flex, with three or more people in the car, means you get a free trip on the 495 Express Lanes. Getting an E-ZPass is E-Z.

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All drivers need an E-ZPass to use the 495 Express Lanes.  If you have an E-ZPass in your car already, you can use the 495 Express Lanes.


If you plan to carpool in the 495 Express Lanes, you will need an E-ZPass Flex.  With E-ZPass Flex and three people in the car, you can use the Express Lanes for free.


Get Your E-ZPass Now

Go to the Virginia or Maryland E-ZPass websites.   To get an E-ZPass you will need:

E-ZPass Flex is currently available in Virginia and Maryland.

You can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at:

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

Do you live in Washington, D.C.? You can sign up for a Virginia or Maryland E-ZPass account.

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

There are several ways for a current Virginia E-ZPass customer to exchange a standard E-ZPass for an E-ZPass Flex.

Do I have to get an E-ZPass Flex?

No. If you don’t think you’ll travel the 495 Express Lanes with three or more people in your vehicle then you need a standard E-ZPass.

However, if you want to get a toll-free trip on the Express Lanes you need three or more people in your vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.

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 495 Express Lanes questions, check out the FAQs page.