The Illinois Tollway in January began moving away from traditional windshield-mounted transponders to sticker tags, which the agency says will be more efficient and cost-effective.
Drivers with a current working transponder mounted on their windshield will not have to switch to the new stickers until the transponder reaches its expiration date.
Sticker tags represent the latest advance in tollway fare collecting. They use a passive form of radio frequency identification technology that does not require a battery. Unlike hard-case transponders, stickers don’t expire, according to the Tollway.
The toll operator requires the I-PASS Sticker Tag to be mounted to a vehicle’s windshield near the rearview mirror. With no battery, they last until removed from the vehicle.
Once registered to the car owner’s account, the I-PASS Sticker Tag will be immediately ready to use on the Illinois Tollway and within 24 hours on the Chicago Skyway and other E-ZPass roadways.
California became the first state to introduce stickers in 2019. Several states now offer them.
The Tollway plans to send stickers to vehicle owners as their transponders expire. While there is no deposit fee for an I-PASS sticker tag, the Tollway says a $10 transponder deposit will be transferred to the vehicle owner’s pre-paid accounts once a new sticker is registered.