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FASTag: Get it before 1 Dec or pay double toll on highways

Here is how you obtain, activate and recharge your FASTag from plenty of options; choose the one that is the most convenient for you

From 1 December, all lanes of National Highway toll plazas will be equipped with electronic toll collection infrastructure. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made FASTag mandatory for all vehicles from 1 December. Vehicles with no tag will have to pay double the toll if they go through any toll gate.

How FASTag works

As soon as your vehicle arrives at the toll plaza, the tag reader scans your sticker and allows you to cross the toll gate. Thereafter, the tariff is automatically deducted from your bank account.

Where to get a FASTag from

  1. FASTag can be obtained from any government bank by applying for a FASTag sticker offline or online
  2. You may get it online from Amazon, SBI, ICICI, HDFC Axis Bank and PayTM Bank and IDFC First Bank
  3. It can be taken from 28,000 point-of-sale locations (POS) of various banks, national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices, common service centres, transport hubs, bank branches and petrol pumps

Documents needed while applying

You need a KYC document, your RC or a photo identity card and a passport size photo. Carry both original and photocopies of all documents.

How to activate

After purchasing the sticker, you need to activate it. For this, you have to fill information about you and your vehicle in the MY FASTag app.

Android smartphone users can download the app from Google Play and iPhone users can download the app from the Apple Store.

How to recharge

Log in to the FASTag portal with the user ID and wallet ID. You will get the options ‘Payment’ and ‘Top-Up’. Click on ‘Recharge’ and select the wallet ID in which you want to deposit money.

If FASTag is already linked to your bank account, there is no need to deposit money separately in a prepaid wallet. All you need to ensure is that you have enough money in your FASTag-linked bank account for toll payment.

If you have linked FASTag to a prepaid wallet (NHAI prepaid wallet), it can be recharged through various means like a cheque or through UPI, debit card, credit card, NEFT or net banking.

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