Good news! TxDOT’s program that grants free passage for select veterans on several Texas toll roads will begin Jan. 1, 2013. If you are a disabled vet, Purple Heart recipient or Medal of Honor recipient with specialty veteran license plates, you don’t have to do anything to sign up. Your license plates will be recognized and the discount will automatically be applied once the program is implemented.
Veterans can apply for the specialty license plate if they are certified by the Veterans Administration to have a 50 percent service-related disability, or 40 percent due to amputation of a lower extremity. Details about how to apply for the plates are available at the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website. For the toll charges to be waived, eligible veterans must be in a vehicle registered with the State of Texas displaying a disabled veteran, Purple Heart or Medal of Honor specialty license plate. To find out if you are eligible for one of the specialty plates, visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Remember, this offer is only valid on TxDOT-owned and operated roadways. This includes Loop 1, SH 45 North, SH 45 Southeast and SH 130 (Segments 1-4) from I-35 to Maha Loop/US 183, in the Austin area. Also, eligible veterans will be able to travel free of charge on the Camino Colombia toll road, which is SH 255 near Laredo, as well as SH 99 (Segment I-2) from I-10 south to Fisher Road, near Baytown and Loop 49 in Tyler. (Please note: The southern segments of SH 130, Segments 5 & 6, in the Austin area are not currently included in the veteran toll waiver program.)
For information on other toll roads in Texas, or to see if they offer a similar program for disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart or Medal of Honor, please visit the following websites:
- Other toll roads in Austin area: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
- Brownsville: Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
- Dallas/Ft Worth: North Texas Tollway Authority
- Houston area: Harris County Toll Road Authority and Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority
Thank you for your service and sacrifice – it is our honor to support you.