What is a cashless toll road?

 Parts of the Miami-Dade county expressway system feature cashless tolling also known as Open Road Tolling (ORT) and Toll-By-Plate. As vehicle approaches a toll gantry, either a transponder is read (known as Sunpass) or the vehicle tag is captured electronically. There is no need to slow down when approaching an automated toll gantry. These are clearly labeled as SunPass/Toll-By-Plate. While this has certainly helped with traffic, it also has caused some confusion amongst visitors to Miami. This guide contains everything you need to know.

Which roads are cashless?

As of October 2013, the roads featuring cashless tolling include with more to be added in the future:

  • Florida's Turnpike Extension (SR821) between Florida City and Miramar.
  • Don Shula Expressway (SR874) between the Palmetto (SR826) and Florida's Turnpike Extension (SR821)
  • Snapper Creek Expressway (SR878) between South Dixie Highway (US1) and the Don Shula Expressway (SR874).
  • Dolphin Expressway (SR836) East and Westbound

These tend to be the fastest routes between Miami Beach and the Greater Miami area to Homestead, Florida City, Redland, and the Florida Keys.

What if you brought your own car?

Simply drive through the gantry. Do not slow down, travel at the same highway speed. The registered owner of the vehicle will receive a bill for the toll plus a $2.50 administrative charge for that month. The toll rates are posted in advance of the toll gantry on the side of the road.

What if I rent a car?

This is where it gets tricky. Each rental car company treats tolling differently. Some make tolling automatic, others require you to opt-in at the time of rental. If the company you rent from requires you to opt-in to the tolling scheme, be careful. If you don't opt-in and go through a cashless toll gantry or opt to use a Sunpass lane, you will incur a hefty 'administration charge' for each infraction. For all companies, you can expect an additional charge to your credit card for tolls or penalties 3-4 days after the rental.

Following is are the fees charged by the major rental car companies.  If a company is listed as opt-in, you must decide at the time of rental if you want to particpate in automatic tolling. Failing to do so can expose you to large administrative fees per infraction.

Dollar, Thrifty, Sunshine:

  • Customer must opt-in (decide) at the time of rental.
  • If renter particpates, there is a $6.99 daily fee each day of the rental wether a toll was used or not.
  • All tolls are included in the daily fee.
  • The maximum fee is $36.99 per week.
  • If customer does not opt-in and a cashless gantry or SunPass lane was used, a $25.00 fee per infraction will be added at the end of the rental. 

Hertz, Advantage, Avis, Budget:

  • Particpation is automatic, no descision is made at the time of rental.
  • If a renter accesses a SunPass Lane or cashless toll, the renter is charged a $2.95 per day fee plus the actual toll.
  • The daily fee is only charged on days a cashless toll or SunPass Lane is used.
  • Maximum administration fee is $14.75 per rental month.

National, Alamo, Enterprise:

  • Particpation is automatic, no descision is made at the time of rental.
  • If a renter accesses a SunPass Lane or cashless toll, the renter is charged a $2.00 per day fee plus the actual toll.
  • The daily fee is only charged on days a cashless toll or SunPass Lane is used.
  • Maximum administration fee is $6.00 per rental period.