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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 cell number, year: current year, make\model: choose any), 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 $6.55 instead of $10.17, the battery tunnel will be $5.33 instead of $7.50, the discounts you will lose out on for 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 #500 on: March 16, 2022, 05:23:58 PM »
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #501 on: March 16, 2022, 05:27:11 PM »
Where can I order one?

Others have posted the Web site.

One other thing: the Thruway has some sort of special plan for plug-in EVs and Hybrids (aka "Green Discount Plan"). I am not sure if that is limited to NYS-registered vehicles, but some Teslas are on the approved list. If you can choose that plan during signup, that would assure a Thruway-issued tag. See the description on this page:

https://www.thruway.ny.gov/ezpass/discount.html#greenpass

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #502 on: March 16, 2022, 05:30:38 PM »
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https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/signup/step2.shtml
IINM iIf you switch the state for the signup, don't they give you that state's EZpass?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #503 on: March 16, 2022, 05:54:08 PM »
As far as I know, there is effectively no difference for you. The NY service center is going to assign you to one of the agencies using whatever esoteric algorithm is in use.

Doesn't it go by the address on the account? I believe Brooklyn addresses get the MTA edition (then change the address after)

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #505 on: March 16, 2022, 06:13:15 PM »
IINM iIf you switch the state for the signup, don't they give you that state's EZpass?

They only redirect you at the very beginning of the signup process. Once you are past that, you can be from anywhere.

Doesn't it go by the address on the account? I believe Brooklyn addresses get the MTA edition (then change the address after)

Well, for Ohioans and other non-NYS, I think the assignment algorithm is much less clear. Even the PANYNJ doesn't have the monopoly on those...

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #506 on: March 16, 2022, 06:15:02 PM »
Shows a PANYNJ $1 fee. How do you avoid that?

Did you sign up and get assigned a PANYNJ tag? Those are the only ones that have the fee.

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« Reply #507 on: March 16, 2022, 06:17:04 PM »
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #508 on: March 16, 2022, 06:17:48 PM »
Did you sign up and get assigned a PANYNJ tag? Those are the only ones that have the fee.
Stopped before enrolling as I clicked on fees and it shows that line.
Is there something I'm missing? How do you know if you got a PANYNJ tag or a free tag?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #509 on: March 16, 2022, 06:20:37 PM »
And how do you order one with no fees?
I picked one up by the Battery tunnel

ETA: that was before it was cashless, you were able to get a transponder in a cash lane.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #510 on: March 16, 2022, 06:29:52 PM »
Stopped before enrolling as I clicked on fees and it shows that line.
Is there something I'm missing? How do you know if you got a PANYNJ tag or a free tag?

You would know after you open the account by the first digits of the tag number. I think that the fee notice is probably is just the generic T&Cs, but it's been a while.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #511 on: March 16, 2022, 06:35:30 PM »
Signed up, no tag info yet. Guess we'll see.
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #512 on: March 16, 2022, 07:46:23 PM »
Big advantage of the MTA version is that you can pay tolls with ACH, so no need to preload the account.

Worth keeping as a second ezpass

Also, out of staters can give a friend's brooklyn address, pick up the tag from friend, then change address in the account

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #513 on: March 16, 2022, 08:29:32 PM »
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #514 on: March 18, 2022, 11:05:34 AM »
Doesn't it go by the address on the account? I believe Brooklyn addresses get the MTA edition (then change the address after)
I had a Brooklyn address and still got the PANJNY version with fees.

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #515 on: March 18, 2022, 11:34:59 AM »
I had a Brooklyn address and still got the PANJNY version with fees.
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« Reply #516 on: March 18, 2022, 12:49:54 PM »
You would know after you open the account by the first digits of the tag number. I think that the fee notice is probably is just the generic T&Cs, but it's been a while.
005 :P
Any way to switch to a free one, or do I just close the account?
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #517 on: March 20, 2022, 12:12:42 AM »
005 :P
Any way to switch to a free one, or do I just close the account?
I believe best bet is picking one up from one of the OnTheGo locations.

https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/onthego/locations.shtml

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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #518 on: March 22, 2022, 04:02:33 PM »
005 :P
Any way to switch to a free one, or do I just close the account?
I went through this years ago - to get a tag issued by the MTA - when you sign up give a Brooklyn address and have the tag mailed there, also do not add on any of the plans carpool etc. until after the tag is issued. If you add on a plan (for sure a pa plan) the tag will be issued by the pa and you will get billed the dollar. There is no way to switch the account other than to close it and start again. Once the tag is issued account is opened you can make changes to the address and plans - including adding more tags
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Re: EZPass Newbie
« Reply #519 on: March 22, 2022, 06:31:59 PM »
I believe best bet is picking one up from one of the OnTheGo locations.

https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/onthego/locations.shtml
Is there a charge for the tag itself? This will be no monthly fees?
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