Virginia's EZ Pass (VDOT) has no monthly or annual fee. Although they discourage
non-VA residents from getting the VA EZPass, they'll more than honor the order and mail it out of state anyway (I got a VA one after MD started their $1.50 monthly fee).
Below is the Fee info from VA EZPass
When you open an E-ZPass account, you are required to pre-pay a minimum of $35 in tolls for each E-ZPass transponder on your account. This is your available balance
. As tolls are deducted, your available balance decreases. When this balance reaches a low balance
, you are required to make a payment of your average monthly toll usage. The minimum payment is $35 per transponder.
In addition you are required to pay a $25 security deposit
for each transponder on loan to you. This deposit is fully refundable when you return your transponder in its original condition and your E-ZPass account is in good standing. The security deposit is waived when you open an account and select automatic replenishment
by direct debit electronic funds transfer via ACH from your checking/savings account and provide a credit card as a secondary payment method.
If you drive the toll roads frequently, we recommend that you contact us to increase your low balance
level and replenishment amount
to accommodate your average monthly toll usage.
As for, why someone would use an EZ Pass only 4-5 times per year, then why would you want an EZ Pass anyway, it saves time waiting at the tolls and the added conveniences of not having to have cash on you or fumbling around in the car when you have to pay for tolls.