Difference Between SunPass and E-Pass

By: | Updated: Jul-23, 2021

Technology has made life easier and also made it more secure. This is what has helped us in terms of convenience and security. For instance, today we have the need to pay for our traffic tickets and fines online. This is one of the ways we can easily make payments, without having to go through an entire process of going to a bank or any other financial institution.

The other option we have is to make payment for our traffic tickets and fines through the use of an E-Pass. The use of this technology has now made it easier for us to pay for our traffic tickets and fines online. This has also helped us in terms of convenience and security. However, we should know that there are a few differences between the SunPass and E-Pass.

Driving on Florida roads without a SunPass or E-Pass can be extremely difficult. The main reason is that not all tolls are included in the SunPass. However, drivers who use their SunPass for interstate use will find that most tolls are already included in the pass. The same is true for E-Passes. As long as the toll is for interstate use, it will be included in the E-Pass. However, if you are going to pay a toll that is not on an interstate, such as paying a local county or city fee or garage fee, then you will need to purchase an E-Pass.

So what are the differences between the SunPass and E-Pass? How do you know if you need one or the other? What are the benefits of using one over the other? How do they work and what should you expect from them? The following is a breakdown of all of these issues. Let’s get started.

Summary Table

SunPass E-Pass
Expired after 12 months to 5 years Expired after 2 years
Higher rates during off-peak hours Lower rates during off-peak hours
You need to pay a $5 transfer fee More transferrable

Definitions

Difference Between SunPass and E-Pass

What is SunPass?

SunPass is a toll-free, cashless transponder system used by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to collect and bill tolls on all state highways in the state. The SunPass transponder can be purchased at any local retail location that sells automotive parts or accessories. There are three models of SunPass transponders available: The Standard (single use), The Driver (valid for five years), and the Driver’s Annual (valid for 12 months).

SunPass is used by Florida residents and visitors who drive on state roads to avoid paying tolls. SunPass is not intended for use by non-residents or residents of other states. The Florida Legislature has determined that it is in the best interest of the state to utilize a toll-free system to collect and bill tolls on all state highways.

What is an E-Pass?

E-Pass is a prepaid transponder that can be used on toll roads and bridges. E-Passes have a high value of $300 and can be reloaded at various locations. The E-Pass can be used on Florida’s toll roads and bridges, which include: the SunPass highway network, the Sunpass Express Lanes (managed lanes), all E-Z Pass facilities and is accepted on the Florida Turnpike.

How do SunPass and E-Pass work?

When you purchase a SunPass transponder, it will be activated on the first day of use. You can only have one transponder per vehicle and each transponder must be purchased individually. When you arrive at the toll plaza, insert your SunPass transponder into the E-Z Pass transponder reader. You will be billed a toll for the time period shown on your transponder. SunPass users can also use their transponders at the cash lanes, which allow them to bypass the toll plaza and pay a reduced toll rate for entering or exiting from non-tolled roads or highways.

SunPass users can also use their transponders at the cash lanes, which allow them to bypass the toll plaza and pay a reduced toll rate for entering or exiting from non-tolled roads or highways. The E-Pass cannot be used in SunPass Cash lanes. You will be billed a toll for the time period shown on your transponder.

SunPass users can pay for travel on all Florida toll roads and bridges by paying with their SunPass transponder at any time during the day. If you’re not traveling, you can store your transponder in the trunk of your vehicle and reload it at any time during the day at one of the SunPass service centers.

SunPass Vs. E-Pass

While both SunPass and E-Pass are technically the same, they have several differences. Now, let’s take a look at these differences and what they mean for you.

  1. Expiration dates

While the SunPass usually has an expiration date of 12 months to 5 years, the E-Pass generally has an expiration date of 2 years. As a result, if you plan on using one of these cards for long periods of time, you may want to opt for the E-Pass over the SunPass.

  1. Off-Peak Pricing

When using the E-Pass, you will have access to lower rates during off-peak hours than you would with the SunPass. In addition, if you are traveling outside of peak hours, you will also be able to take advantage of lower rates.

  1. Transferability

The E-Pass is more transferable than the SunPass, meaning that you can use it with another person or for multiple people at once. However, if you have the SunPass and are transferring it to someone else, they will need to pay a $5 fee.

  1. Cards vs. App

The E-Pass is a physical card that you must have in order to use it, while the SunPass comes with an app that you can download onto your phone or computer and use with your SunPass transponder (which is also called a SunPass transponder). The app allows you to manage your account, make payments, and track the status of your transponder.

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