Ask a Cop: Can an unpaid toll stop me from registering my car?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I recently tried to renew my car registration and was told there was a “hold” put on me for unpaid toll violations! I do not remember not paying a toll or any toll booths as they said it was in southern Indiana. And is this really true that they can stop me from registering my car?

A: Yes, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) may place a hold on vehicle registrations if you have unpaid toll violations from the Ohio River Bridge. This bridge is “all-electronic tolling,” which means no toll booths, no lines and no stopping. This also means “it can be confusing” if you are new to driving through this area not realizing you missed a toll. A company called RiverLink operates this system and holds are placed on registering cars until unpaid violations are settled. To pay the toll you must contact RiverLink directly at 855-748-5465 as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles cannot accept or collect payment for violations. Once the toll violation has been settled, the registration hold should only take a few minutes to be released and then you may renew your registration plates.

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