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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 to avoid the $1 monthly fee. NJ/NY Port Authority charges the monthly fee.
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 (PASI), 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.

To return an extra tag for NY MTA Authority:

Please return your tag(s) to:
P.O. Box 149001
Staten Island, NY 10314
along with a letter that states your Name, signature and E-ZPass account number.
For further assistance please contact (800) 333-8655 to speak with a Customer Service Representative.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2012, 12:09:20 AM »
I know for fact that the NY one can give you a discount on Verrazano (maybe not al hours) and NJ does not,
NJ one gives discount on Gothols and Outerbridge (some hours) and NY does not
NJ Also has discount on Lincoln and Holland some hours

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #31 on: May 09, 2012, 01:30:30 AM »
FYI You can get multiple EZpasses from the different agencies to take advantage of the various discounts. (If you want to deal with the headache of remembering to use the right one for the right toll...)

If/when you run through the ezpass, many times they will just look up the plate number and bill the account that is linked to that plate instead of mailing you a fine.

When you have a rental car they cant do that. 
I once (temporarily) added my rental car to my ezpass acct (I didnt have my transponder with me) but the toll(s) I went through got charged to the rental company's ezpass acct, not mine...

Another difference is, if you have get a ticket for running an EZpass in NJ, If you have Nj EZpass you can call an automated system and they will just deduct the toll amount from your EZpass account and waive the fine. If you have NY EZpass and get the ticket in NJ, they cant just take out the money.
That shouldn't be a problem, it just usually takes a bit more effort on your part. Just provide them with your NY acct info (If they send you a letter/bill in the mail they probably tell you how to deal with this situation on that letter somewhere)

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2012, 01:36:14 AM »
I think there's a Wikipedia page comparing all the fees, it may be outdated though.

Here are two charts I found:

http://www.jd4x4.net/EZPass/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-ZPass#Fees_by_state

FYI You can get multiple EZpasses from the different agencies to take advantage of the various discounts. (If you want to deal with the headache of remembering to use the right one for the right toll...)

Can't you get charged twice if both transponders are in the car?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2012, 01:41:41 AM »
Here are two charts I found:

http://www.jd4x4.net/EZPass/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-ZPass#Fees_by_state
What d be great is to have a chart telling us how much each bridge/tunel/toll cost in NY/NJ (or at least the main ones...) if the NJ, NY or no ezpass is used. So that everyone could compare and see which option works the best discount... Just dreaming outloud ;)

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2012, 01:47:24 AM »
Can't you get charged twice if both transponders are in the car?
I imagine so. That's the headache I was talking about, making sure to have the correct transponder out of the shielded bag(s) for each toll...

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2012, 01:50:32 AM »
What d be great is to have a chart telling us how much each bridge/tunel/toll cost in NY/NJ (or at least the main ones...) if the NJ, NY or no ezpass is used. So that everyone could compare and see which option works the best discount... Just dreaming outloud ;)

Feel free to compile one :P

I imagine so. That's the headache I was talking about, making sure to have the correct transponder out of the shielded bag(s) for each toll...

Ah. I didn't realize there were shielded bags etc.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2012, 01:54:17 AM »
I once (temporarily) added my rental car to my ezpass acct (I didnt have my transponder with me) but the toll(s) I went through got charged to the rental company's ezpass acct, not mine...
I've done that as well and it worked. In your case the plate was already linked to an ezpass account so it automatically billed that one.
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That shouldn't be a problem, it just usually takes a bit more effort on your part. Just provide them with your NY acct info (If they send you a letter/bill in the mail they probably tell you how to deal with this situation on that letter somewhere)

I agree. It definitely  can be done but not at all convenient. If its the same state, all it takes is one 3 minute phone call to an automated system.

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NY ezpass vs NJ ezpass. Which one is better?
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2012, 01:13:06 PM »
I have a NJ ezpass and my wife has a NY ezpass...is there a difference in rates or discounts such as off peak travel times or carpool specials etc. depending on which one is used?


I did see on some discussion boards that NJ has an automatic 1 or 2 dollar charge per month  while NY does not and that certain specials like carpool on the Verrazano (i didn't know you could do that) wont work on NJ ezpass and off peak on the  NJturn pike wont work with NY ezpass. Others claimed its all the same

Anyone know anything......

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Re: NY ezpass vs NJ ezpass. Which one is better?
« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2012, 01:16:16 PM »
this thread is only 3 days old and already a new one?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2012, 02:33:47 AM »
So if mine is issued in New york by the Port Authority with the $1 monthly surcharge, is there the consensus that I should get the NY Thruway one that doesn't have the fee, and completely trash the Port Authority one?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2012, 06:55:43 AM »
Then if I dont carpool and I dont use the verazano then there is no real point for me to get an ezpass right? Besides not having to stop at the booth...
Incorrect. E-Z Pass discounts regular tolls by up to several dollars each time you pass through. For example the Queens Midtown tunnel is $6.50 when paying cash but only $4.80 on E-Z Pass.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2012, 05:32:24 PM »
can i get an EZ Pass without owning a vehicle, so i can use it for car rentals, or do i need to register it to a car?
if it needs to be registered to a car can i have it registered to a friends car and use it on the car i will rent?

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2012, 05:44:05 PM »
can i get an EZ Pass without owning a vehicle, so i can use it for car rentals, or do i need to register it to a car?
if it needs to be registered to a car can i have it registered to a friends car and use it on the car i will rent?
It will not work. It must be used with the car that you applied for the EZ Pass.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2012, 05:45:09 PM »
Wow i just check my account... Crazy discount on the verazano: $9.60 instead of $13! I m starting to regret not getting that ezpass earlier!

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2012, 05:55:56 PM »
It will not work. It must be used with the car that you applied for the EZ Pass.

Totally incorrect. It can be used in any vehicle .