Help, I Crossed the Bridge, What Do I Do Now?

Don’t worry if you’ve already crossed the Golden Gate Bridge! Some customers may not know how to make a toll payment or haven’t learned how the toll payment choices work yet.  There are a few easy toll payment options for you:

Within 48 hours of Your Golden Gate Bridge Crossing

If you crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in the southbound direction into San Francisco within the past 48 hours, you can make a One-Time Payment two easy ways. Either way, there are no extra fees.

  1. Make a One-Time Payment using a credit card online at or over the telephone by calling 877-BAY-TOLL (877-229-8655), outside California at 415-486-TOLL (415-486-8655). Click here for hours of operation.
  2. If you prefer to use cash, you can make a One-Time Payment at a convenient Cash Payment Location.

More Than 48 Hours Since Your Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

If you crossed the bridge in the southbound direction into San Francisco more than 48 hours ago, a Toll Invoice will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle for the amount of the toll with no added fees. You will have 21 days to pay the Toll Invoice. If the Toll Invoice isn’t paid within 21 days, you will be issued a Toll Violation notice which attaches a $25 penalty to any portion of the unpaid Toll Invoice. If the first Toll Violation notice goes unpaid, a second Toll Violation notice is issued (with increased penalties) and if it goes unpaid, the amount due is referred to the DMV who will withhold your vehicle registration until the penalties are paid. For out-of-state vehicles, the matter is referred to a collections agency.

If you are using a rented vehicle, discuss how the toll will be billed to you with the rental car agency.

Learn more about Rental Vehicles and toll payment options.