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If you want to get a tag but don't own a car, you can still sign up online. This is what the rep told me to do. Falsify info on your cars plates, make and model (for the plate# write the first two letters of your family name with the last 4 digits of your car, year: current year, make\model:other), and once you have an account just log in and remove that car from your profile.

For those travelling the Lakewood - Brooklyn route often:

Sign up for a NY EZpass from either the NYSTA (Thruway) or MTA.
The point of getting the NY and not NJ is to make some frequently travelled tolls cheaper.  The verrazano bridge will be $10.66 instead of $15.00, the battery tunnel will be $5.33 instead of $7.50, the discounts you will lose out onfor not having the NJ pass are very minimal (a couple of cents on the NJTP during peak hours)

Add the following discount plans:
Port Authority Staten Island Bridges Plan, which makes all PA bridges (Outerbridge,Bayonne,Goethals) $5.25,when crossing 3 or more times a month. There is nothing to lose as if you don't travel 3 times they simply adjust it to charge you the regular

You have to add carpool to your plan but if you end up going less than 3 times in the 30 day period you pay the full price for the toll (a little cheaper cause your using ezpass). I believe it takes 24 hours from when you call for it to activate and its per 30 day period not monthly.

EZP rate.
Port Authority Carpool Plan, $5 if you have 3+ people in the car.

NOTE: Sometimes signing up for the EZP with carpool on the plan you initially order, can cause a Port Authority EZ Pass to arrive (which has a monthly fee). It's therefore suggested to order a standard plan, wait until you receive your EZP (hopefully the MTA or NY Thruway  EZP versions) and then tack on the Port Authority Carpool Plan afterwards.   

Edit 5/19/2014: You can add PACP and PASI yourself on the website (in case the phone hours aren't convenient or you just plain don't like calling in general). Log in and choose "Plans" from the links on the left side of the page.

Another plus to having MTA issuing authority is that you can use PPT. Under this plan, you can keep a $0 balance in your EZ Pass account, and have tolls deducted from your bank account at the end of each day (by ACH). Downside is no miles for paying tolls, credit card is only a backup for when the ACH fails. (And if ACH fails even once you lose PPT plan and have to keep a debit balance in your account, so you can't have the miles & PPT :) )

Edit 12/28/2015: In order to ensure that you are enrolled by the MTA agency (see above), when you sign up, you should give an address in NYC (not just NYS). If you don't live there, ask a friend who lives there to receive the tags for you, and use his address. Afterwards, you may change the address to your home address in NJ (or wherever), and add whichever plans you want. This was suggested to me by EZ Pass, and it works.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #300 on: July 02, 2017, 10:46:34 PM »
Why would they ticket me?
I think that if you don't have a tag they do but it is just a vague impression. Even if they do you may be able to get out of it by telling them your account.

ETA a bit of Google looks like I have a wrong impression about the ticket. As of not that long ago when the battery on my tag died you needed the cop to lift the gate.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #301 on: July 02, 2017, 10:56:35 PM »
I think that if you don't have a tag they do but it is just a vague impression. Even if they do you may be able to get out of it by telling them your account.

ETA a bit of Google looks like I have a wrong impression about the ticket. As of not that long ago when the battery on my tag died you needed the cop to lift the gate.
Well I guess I'll keep everyone posted. Let you know what happens
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #302 on: July 03, 2017, 04:09:31 AM »
When one uses a car without an ez-pass tag and went through a crossing like the George Washington bridge,and went through the cash lane where there is no sole(person) waiting there,can one pay the toll fare by calling up the PA or ez-pass or would one have to wait for the bill to be mailed? (question basically where you borrowed another's car, and forgot to bring your own tag!)
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #303 on: July 03, 2017, 02:31:54 PM »
When one uses a car without an ez-pass tag and went through a crossing like the George Washington bridge,and went through the cash lane where there is no sole(person) waiting there,can one pay the toll fare by calling up the PA or ez-pass or would one have to wait for the bill to be mailed? (question basically where you borrowed another's car, and forgot to bring your own tag!)
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Not sure, but I would add that car to my profile  ASAP.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #304 on: July 03, 2017, 06:40:28 PM »
When going on the GWB when does one pay for the bridge going from nj to ny or leaving ny to nj?
 Or what if one goes one way without going the other way for example going from nj to ny on the GWB? Is it still the same $15?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #305 on: July 03, 2017, 06:43:34 PM »
When going on the GWB when does one pay for the bridge going from nj to ny or leaving ny to nj?
 Or what if one goes one way without going the other way for example going from nj to ny on the GWB? Is it still the same $15?
You pay going in to NY

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« Reply #306 on: July 03, 2017, 09:39:40 PM »
You pay going in to NY
thanks, wonder if I add my tag number to this vehicle will it bill the tag holder or will I still receive the letter in the mail? 
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Re: EZPass Newbie
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If you get Toll Violation, they assess a $100 fee.

Is there anyway to get the $100 fee removed?

this was 5 tolls, so 5 fees.
Looking at $525 bill
$25 Tolls
500 Fees.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #308 on: Today at 02:25:44 PM »
Does anyone know if the carpool discount is applied if it's on the account or how to have it added when going to through cashless tolls. Ie by the Goethals bridge from NJ to Staten island? Tia

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #309 on: Today at 02:56:23 PM »
Does anyone know if the carpool discount is applied if it's on the account or how to have it added when going to through cashless tolls. Ie by the Goethals bridge from NJ to Staten island? Tia

To use the Port Authority Carpool Plan (PACP), it must be on the account when you go through a staffed "Cash/E-ZPass" lane. If you go through an automated "EZ-Pass Only" lane or a cashless-tolling bridge, you pay the regular rates no matter what.

The Goethals still has staffed lanes, so the PACP can work there if you follow the rules. But it will NOT work on the Bayonne Bridge, which has been all-cashless since February 2017.

One final caveat: the PACP is only available to NY- or NJ-issued E-ZPass tags.