Who can use the 95 Express Lanes for FREE?
Registered 3+ carpools, South Florida Vanpools, hybrid vehicles, over-the-road motor coaches, and express buses/regular transit can use the lanes toll-free. The carpool, vanpool, and hybrid vehicle registrations are valid only on 95 Express Lanes in Southeast Florida. When you use Express Lanes on any other highway you will be charged the associated toll. Motorcycles can also use the lanes toll-free but are not required to pre-register with SFCS.
How do I register?
Registering to use the 95 Express Lanes toll-free is easy. Use the links below to complete the online form to register your carpool or hybrid:
To register other types of approved toll-free vehicles, contact SFCS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-234-RIDE (7433).
What is a registered 3+ Carpool?
3+ passenger carpools are defined as at least three commuters of legal driving age traveling to and from work in one vehicle.
What is the criteria SFCS uses to determine carpool eligibility?
If any member of the carpool does not meet the criteria, the carpool registration request will be rejected unless additional information is provided that would constitute a 3+ commuter carpool.
All personal information will be kept confidential and is only accessible by SFCS and SunPass and will only be used for the 95 Express Lanes 3+ carpool registration. SFCS has the right to verify any and all information, including employment, for any commuters submitting a registration. At any time, if a commuter’s information is unable to be verified, the registration may be denied or terminated from the program. Denied or terminated registrants will be required to wait six months prior to submitting a new registration.
If a participant plans on using their personal vehicle in the carpool, they are required to provide their license number and tag information; if they are only a rider in the carpool, SFCS will only need their home/work information. If you receive a new license plate number, you must contact us with the information to avoid being charged tolls. The new license plate number will be updated in your file and shared with SunPass. Commuters registering to participate in the 95 Express 3+ carpool program are only eligible to register a maximum two vehicles per carpool participant.
Carpool participants will be sent an email or paper renewal request every six months. Renewals must be received by SFCS 10 business days prior to the expiration of the registration to ensure that the registration remains current with SFCS and SunPass. If a carpool participant does not renew with SFCS, the participant will be placed in an “deactive status” and SunPass will be notified to remove their license plate from the eligible toll-free user list. If other participants in the carpool continue their registration and have at least three members in their carpool, they will still be considered an active carpool.
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What is a registered hybrid vehicle?
An Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV) or a Hybrid vehicle is defined as a vehicle which is included in the ILEV/Hybrid list provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Hybrid owners that wish to register for 95 Express must have a valid State of Florida HOV decal. For more information on what vehicles qualify as a Hybrid vehicle and on how to obtain a HOV decal, please visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/high-occupancy-vehicle-decal/ .
Hybrid vehicle drivers who wish to use 95 Express toll-free, must complete a 95 Express registration form with the following: name of owner and address, vehicle identification number, license plate number, make and model of vehicle, and State issued HOV decal number and expiration date (state issued HOV decals are obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles). Qualified registrants will receive a 95 Express decal to be placed in the front windshield of their vehicle.
Hybrid vehicle drivers will be required to renew their 95 Express registration annually. 95 Express registrations will expire within 30 days of a participants State issued HOV Decal expiration. A registrant will be sent a 95 Express Hybrid renewal notice 30 days prior to their 95 Express Hybrid decal expiration date notifying them to renew their registration with SFCS. If a registrant does not renew their registration, the participant will be placed in an “inactive status” and SunPass will be notified to remove their license plate from the eligible toll-free user list.
Commuters that have Tesla vehicles or some forms of electric vehicles that may prevent them from using a SunPass or SunPass disabler will need to contact SFCS within 30 days of any charges incurred when using the 95 Express Lanes. SFCS will only submit for reimbursement of tolls accrued within the 30 day period. Commuters will be responsible for toll charges outside the 30 day window.
CLICK HERE for additional program details.
What is a South Florida Vanpool?
A South Florida Vanpool is defined as a van made up of five to fifteen passengers who commute together and is a registered as part of the South Florida Vanpool Program managed by the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Organization. One decal will be sent to the primary driver of the vanpool and only one decal will be provided per van. The 95 Express Lanes should only be used by South Florida Vanpools for commuting purposes only. The 95 Express Lanes Decal will remain active as long as the South Florida Vanpool continues to be part of the South Florida Vanpool program. The 95 Express Lanes Decal is valid only on 95 Express Lanes in Southeast Florida. When you use Express Lanes on any other highway you will be charged the associated toll. Click here for more information on vanpooling.
What happens after registration?
Once you register with South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS)/SunPass, you will receive a "95 Express" decal to display in the front windshield of your vehicle. You will also receive a confirmation letter notifying you of your enrollment as a toll-free user. This letter should be kept in the glove box of your vehicle at all times. The decal and your enrollment letter are your proof of ability to use only the 95 Express Lanes in Southeast Florida for free. Everyday SunPass receives an updated list of registered vehicles including license plate numbers from SFCS.
Make sure to review your enrollment letter to confirm that the vehicle information and license plate information is correct. You may be responsible for charges incurred due to incorrect vehicle information. In addition, to ensure that you do not incur any tolls, you must keep your registration with SFCS current and up-to-date. Registrations cannot be back-dated. Any tolls received due to improper registration will not be refunded.
Will I still need a transponder if my vehicle is registered?
YES! If you wish to use the 95 Express lanes without your carpool partners, you are required to have a SunPass transponder in the vehicle to pay for the tolls. If you currently have a SunPass transponder and using the 95 Express lanes with your carpool partners or as a hybrid user, it is essential that you either remove it from the windshield and place it in an RF shield bag or utilize the tag disabler shield if it is a SunPass Mini tag. It is your responsibility to properly shield the transponder, otherwise the tolls will be debited from your SunPass account. Tolls received due to improper shielding may not be refunded. If you need an RF Shield Bag or tag disabler, please contact SFCS at 1-800-234-RIDE or email sfcs@1800234RIDE.com.
What if I have received toll charges?
Any questions or concerns regarding toll charges for active registrations must be addressed within 30 days of the date of the toll charge. This includes toll charges related to Tesla vehicles or other electric vehicles that are unable to use standard procedures to shield their transponders. Participants are responsible for properly shielding their SunPass transponder when using the 95 Express Lanes as a toll free-user or they may be responsible for any toll charges incurred.
Participants are responsible for keeping all their information current and up-to-date to ensure their registration remains active. Toll charges received due to expired or deactivated registrations will not be reimbursed. In addition, toll charges due to incorrect vehicle or license information provided during registration will not be reimbursed. Commuters are responsible for reviewing the vehicle information provided on the confirmation letter to ensure proper information is registered. This includes changes in information that have not been updated in the SFCS database.
What if I have a Tesla or electric vehicle?
Tesla and other electric vehicles are required to register with SFCS using the Hybrid Vehicle Registration Form in order to be eligibile to use the lanes toll free. Registrants must adhere to the same rules and regulations applying to Hybrid users.
Registered commuters that have Tesla vehicles or some form of electric vehicle that may prevent them from using a SunPass Shield or Disabler will need to contact SFCS within 30 days of any charges incurred when using the 95 Express lanes to receive a reimbursement. SFCS will only submit reimbursement of tolls accrued within the 30 day period. Commuters will be responsible for any toll charges outside the 30 day window.
Why is my 95 Express Lane 3+ Carpool or Hybrid Vehicle User Decal
not valid on other Express Lanes systems?
95 Express in Southeast Florida is/was part of a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane conversion program. This is the only facility in the state where certain vehicles are exempted from tolls, per Florida rule 14-100.00.4.
I-595, I-75, I-275 and other Express Lanes systems in Florida are consistent with other toll facilities, such as Florida's Turnpike, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority and the Orange County Expressway Authority, where all vehicles are charged the applicable toll.