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MnPASS Electric Vehicle Incentive—Three Year Pilot Program

MnDOT is implementing a pilot program to encourage people to consider buying and driving an electric vehicle in order to help reduce carbon pollution. Part of the Pathways to Decarbonizing Transportation, this three year pilot program addresses a larger goal of trying to get more electric vehicles on the road in Minnesota by giving MnPASS toll credits to people who purchase or lease a new or used electric vehicle between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2022. The MnPASS incentive is geared toward people who do not already own an electric vehicle, or who are perhaps on the fence about purchasing. It is intended to encourage those who are thinking about purchasing or leasing a vehicle to choose an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

How it works

  • Purchase or lease a new or used battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2022.
  • Bring your proof or purchase, proof of lease or title transfer into the MnPASS Customer Service Center in Golden Valley and open a MnPASS account.
    • Existing MnPASS customers must come into the Customer Service Center and show proof of purchase/lease or title transfer to receive toll credit.
  • Receive a one-time credit in your account to pay toll charges for using MnPASS lanes.
  • Battery electric vehicles receive a one-time MnPASS credit of $250.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle receive a one-time MnPASS credit of $125.
  • MnPASS credits do not expire unless the account is closed. All other MnPASS terms of agreement apply.

For More Information
Contact MnPASS Customer Service Center or call 1-866-397-4334.
Walk-in hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact Sue Gergen, MnPASS Communications, or call 651-234-7088.

Extended Customer Service Center Hours (for Phone, Chat, Email)

We have added hours to the beginning and end of the work day so that MnPASS customers can phone, chat or email and reach an actual person early and late in their commute. Walk-in hours are the same, but we now have a person available to answer phone calls, chat and email messages from 6:30-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. Contact us for more information.

Testing Enforcement Beacons

You may notice blue and amber lights as you pass under certain overhead signs or bridges on I-35W and I-35E. We are testing enforcement beacons that alert MnPASS State Patrol Troopers whether a vehicle has a valid MnPASS tag. We know enforcement of the MnPASS lane is a concern. Testing beacons and other technology will help provide additional ways for Troopers to catch violators in the MnPASS lane.

Can I use my MnPASS tag on toll roads in other states?

Not yet, but soon! MnDOT is working with the E-ZPass Group to become interoperable with the toll systems in the northeast region of the U.S., including the Illinois I-PASS system, during the summer of 2021. At that time, MnDOT will begin offering a single E-ZPass interoperable tag to all new customers, and existing MnPASS customers will have the option to trade in their existing tag for a new interoperable tag. These interoperable tags will enable MnPASS customers to use the other E-ZPass toll systems and vice versa.

EZPass map


MnPASS customers can use a MnPASS tag to park at MSP Airport

You can use one device to drive in the MnPASS lanes and to lift the gate arms at some Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (MSP) parking facilities. MnPASS customers can use their MnPASS tag, either sticker tag or switchable, to enter and exit parking facilities at MSP Airport with a valid ZipPass account (you need both MnPASS and ZipPass accounts). A ZipPass is a device that is used to activate the entry arms in the ePark Elite facilities. It is placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. When motorists pull into an entry lane it communicates with an overhead receiver, which then activates the entry gate. (ZipPass alone cannot be used to drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak travel times.)

Participating MSP parking facilities include:

  • Terminal 1-Lindbergh — Daily and Hourly
  • Terminal 2-Humphrey — Daily and Hourly
  • The Quick Ride Ramp at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

The MnPASS and ZipPass accounts are separate accounts and fees cannot be combined. Motorists must have a MnPASS account, a MnPASS tag and a ZipPass account to take advantage of the partnership.

If motorists drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak travel times without a MnPASS tag, they are subject to a citation and fine up to $300.

MnPASS customers can create a ZipPass account on the MnPASS partnership web page.

MnPASS telematics transponder tags discontinued. Use new MnPASS tag.

Telematics transponders were discontinued on June 30, 2017. If you are using a telematics tag to drive in the MnPASS lane during tolling hours, you risk getting a citation from Minnesota State Patrol. If a state trooper sees a motorist using a telematics transponder to drive in the MnPASS lane, the old tag will be confiscated and the driver may receive a citation up to $300. MnPASS customers should return old telematics tag(s) as soon as possible. If your transponder has been lost or if you have not received a new MnPASS tag, please call the MnPASS Customer Service Center at 1-866-397-4334 and speak with a representative.