Starting December 1, 2020, all expressways will be using a cashless payment system. Meaning, ALL vehicle owners and operators, public and private, need to get an RFID account for their vehicles if they wish to use these tollways.

Aside from convenience, the transition to a cashless payment system is expected to also reduce the risk of transferring viruses and other contagious diseases.

Here are more details about the RFID application process.

Note: This article will focus more on personal-use vehicles. The requirements and process might be different for businesses and public transportation vehicles.


What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, which works through exchanging data between the RFID reader and the sticker tags using electromagnetic fields.

When you get your vehicle’s RFID account, a sticker tag will be installed on your car — either on the left portion of your windshield or on the left headlamp. You will also receive your RFID account physical card. The sticker tag will trigger the RFID reader when you enter the electromagnetic field radius at the toll gates.

In case the device failed to read your sticker tag, do not panic. Just give your RFID card to the attendant. Ensure that you always have your card with you or you can just keep it in a safe place inside your car.


Autosweep or EasyTrip?

There are two types of RFID in Luzon — the Autosweep and the EasyTrip. Autosweep and EasyTrip are not one and the same. They are not interchangeable. To give you a clearer picture, we’ve listed the area coverage of each RFID.

Autosweep

  • Skyway
  • SLEX
  • NAIAX
  • STAR Tollway
  • MCX
  • TPLEX

EasyTrip

  • CAVITEX
  • CALAX
  • C5 Link
  • NLEX
  • SCTEX

Which should you get? Well, it depends on your route. In my family’s case, we travel mostly in the south, so we only have Autosweep. But now that we also take CALAX, we also need the EasyTrip RFID. The DOTr site suggested that we can enroll our Autosweep RFID to EasyTrip. More about this later.


How to Enroll or Register

There are many ways to have an RFID sticker installed:

  • By setting an appointment online
  • By heading to installation sites not covered by online appointment system
  • By scheduling an off-site RFID installation in your area (by request and subject to availability)
  • By going to the appropriate lane at toll gates or installation tent/site near toll booths

To avoid long queues, both EASYTRIP and AUTOSWEEP are encouraging applicants to set an appointment online. Note that although the start of implementation is December 1, it is still possible to schedule an appointment after that date.

*Update: In a media interview, San Miguel Corporation COO Ramon Ang said that Autosweep stations will resume accepting walk-in applicants, but those who made an appointment online will enjoy special handling. It’s not clear when this will be rolled out.

If you have multiple cars, you can either get each vehicle its own RFID account number or get one account for all of them. You need to get the “Premium” to apply multiple vehicles under one account.

If you only have one unit, you may opt for the regular one (“To Go”) which only allows one vehicle per account.

In the past, the registration operates on a first-come-first-serve basis. But that resulted in excruciating long queues. To address that, b

Notes:

  • You can also get your stick-it-yourself EasyTrip tag from Shopee Mall. Just follow the instruction included in your package on how to install it. Don’t forget to register your account online on their website. However, due to high demand, it is currently sold out.
  • Again, ensure that your Autosweep and/or EasyTrip account(s) are registered. Go to the official website of Autosweep and EasyTrip to check your status.
  • Here are the initial loads: Autosweep Class 1 vehicles, P200; Class 2/3, P1,000. For EasyTrip, P200-500.

Autosweep RFID Installation Sites

SKYWAY

  • Bicutan Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • C5 Toll Northbound (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • C5 Southbound Customer Service Center
    6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Nichols Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron Dasmariñas (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Runway Northbound Toll Plaza (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Shell Magallanes (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sucat Southbound Exit (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

NAIAX

  • NAIAX Alpha (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • NAIAX Bravo (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Old NAIAX Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

SLEX

  • Alabang Southbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Ayala Greenfield Customer Service Center
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Cabuyao Northbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Cabuyao Southbound (Toll Gate Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Calamba Customer Service Center
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Caltex MCX (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Caltex Southbound (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Eton Northbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Filinvest (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Mamplasan Northbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Mamplasan Southbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron KM 44 Southbound (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron San Pedro (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Santa Rosa Integrated Terminal
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Santa Rosa Southbound Customer Service Center
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Santa Rosa Southbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Shell Mamplasan (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Shell Putatan (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Silangan Customer Service Center
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Southwoods Mall Transport Hub
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Southwoods Northbound Customer Service Center
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Southwoods Northbound Drive Thru (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Susana Heights (Toll Gate Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Total Northbound (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

STAR Tollway

  • Batangas (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Lipa Southbound (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron Lipa (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron Malvar (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron Ibaan (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Santo Tomas (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • STAR Toll Lipa Customer Service Center
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

TPLEX

  • Carmen (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron Pura Northbound (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Petron Pura Southbound (Gas Station Kiosk)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Pura (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Rosario (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tarlac Main Toll Gate
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tarlac Customer Service Center
    6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Urdaneta (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Victoria (Toll Gate)
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Update: SMC COO Ramon Ang said, “Although vehicles without RFID will no longer be allowed to travel on tollways after December 1, we will still have RFID installation in various locations…. We will also maintain installation sites at major entry plazas… even after the deadline.”

Source: Autosweep Official Website

Note: The details may change from time to time. Please check the Autosweep official website for the updated list and schedule of installation sites.

EasyTrip Installation Sites

NLEX

C5

CAVITEX

CALAX

Source: EasyTrip Official Website

Note: The details may change from time to time. Please check the Easytrip official website for the updated list and schedule of installation sites.


Autosweep and EasyTrip in One RFID Sticker Tag

If you are wondering if it’s possible for you to have both Autosweep and EasyTrip in one RFID sticker tag, well, this is possible. But here’s the catch: this is only possible for those with existing Autosweep RFID sticker tag. This can’t be done the other way around. At least for now.

If you already have an Autosweep RFID sticker tag, this section is for you. Here’s how to register your Autosweep RFID to EasyTrip:

  1. Go to your chosen EasyTrip installation site.
  2. The authorized EasyTrip staff will give you the registration form to fill out.
  3. The staff will inspect your Autosweep RFID sticker tag and will be the one to activate and register your Autosweep RFID to EasyTrip.
  4. You will need to pay P200 for the initial load of your EasyTrip account.
  5. Your EasyTrip account will be activated within 24 hours after registration.
  6. You have to wait 5-7 days to get your EasyTrip physical card.

Note: For unified Autosweep and EasyTrip RFID, you still have two separate accounts under that one RFID sticker tag — one for Autosweep transactions and another one for EasyTrip transactions. You will also have two different RFID account physical cards — one for each provider.


EasyTrip Registration Sites for Autosweep RFID Holders

Not all EasyTrip installation and registration sites are running this service, so here are those that offer registration of Autosweep RFID to EasyTrip. Note that this list might change, so please check for updates on the EasyTrip official Facebook page.

NLEX & SCTEX

  • Angeles Easytrip Tent
  • Balagtas Lane Selling
  • Karuhatan Lane Selling
  • NLEX Drive & Dine (Caltex)
  • Petron Marilao
  • Petron Balagtas
  • Petron Lakeshore
  • Philippine Arena
  • San Fernando Customer Service Center
  • Shell Balagtas
  • Shell Balintawak (Temporarily Closed)*
  • Tabang Customer Service Center
  • Tarlac Easytrip Tent

CAVITEX & CALAX

  • C5 Link Customer Service Center
  • CAVITEX Northbound & Southbound Ambulant Lane
  • Kawit Northbound
  • Longos Bacoor
  • Mamplasan-Greenfield Customer Service Center
  • Shell Heritage (Temporarily Closed)*
  • Shell Magallanes (Temporarily Closed)*

How to Load RFID

Take note of the maintaining balance for each RFID provider. Do not let it go below that to avoid delays and penalties. Getting your account deactivated is very likely when you failed to use it for a month with a load below the maintaining balance.

What’s great, though, is that there are many ways to reload your RFID account. Choose the method that is most convenient for you.

AUTOSWEEP

  • Express, Online, and E-wallet: GCash, PayMaya, Coins.ph, Eon, JustPay.To, ExpressPay, E.CPay, E.Tap, TouchPay
  • Online Banking Partners: Bank of Commerce, Union Bank, Chinabank, Maybank
  • Gasoline Station Partners: Petron & Shell
  • Mall Partners: SM, Robinsons, Rustan’s, Walter Mart
  • Supermarket Partners: SM Hypermarket, Savemore, Robinsons Supermarket, Shopwise, Wellcome, The Marketplace
  • Convenience Store Partners: Treats, 7/11, Family Mart
  • Others: Bayad Center, LBC, DA5, RD Pawnshop, Tambunting, ShareTreats

EASYTRIP

  • Express, Online, and E-wallet: GCash, PayMaya, Coins.ph, SmartMoney, Eon, JustPay.To, E.CPay, TouchPay
  • Online Banking Partners: BDO, UCPB, Metrobank, MasterCard, Visa, Bancnet
  • Mall Partners: SM, Robinsons, Walter Mart
  • Convenience Store Partners: 7/11
  • Others: Bayad Center, LBC, Posible

If you want to know more about reloading via GCash, you can read our article:
GCASH To RFID: How to Pay or Reload Autosweep & EasyTrip

For PayMaya users, you can check this out instead:
PAYMAYA To RFID: How to Pay or Reload Autosweep & EasyTrip


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On November 22, Asec. Goddes Hope Libiran of the Communications and Commuter Affairs Office of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), answered on her FB page some of the most frequently asked questions about the RFID installation. You can find some of them below.

Pwede pa rin bang magpakabit ng RFID sticker kahit after December 1?

Yes. December 1 is the deadline for toll operators to implement the cashless transaction. But it doesn’t mean that it’s the last day of installation.

You can still apply for an RFID sticker even after December 2020, especially if it’s your first time to use the tollway.

Wala na akong makitang available na appointment schedule online. Ano ang dapat gawin?

If online appointment systems are full, DON’T PANIC. You can still have an RFID installed at the toll gates. There are many ways of getting an RFID sticker and getting an online appointment is just one of them.

According to the DOTr: “Kung ikaw ay isang motorista na walang pang RFID at dumaan ka sa toll gate sa December 1, saan ka man pumila, kakabitan pa rin ang sasakyan mo ng RFID sticker. Kung hindi man sa mismong toll gate, kakabitan ka ng RFID sticker sa installation site/tent bago o pagkalagpas ng toll gate.

“Simula December 1 hanggang January 11, magiging 24/7 ang kabitan ng RFID sa lahat ng mga toll lanes o mga booths malapit sa mga toll gates.”

Mahuhuli ba ako o may penalty ba kapag wala akong RFID before December 1?

According to the DOTr, “Wala pong mangyayaring hulihan mula December 1 hanggang January 11, 2021 para sa mga sasakyang walang RFID.”

After January 1, there will only be one or two lanes at the gates dedicated to sticker installations. There will be huge signages so motorists know which lanes they should take. If a motorist without RFID queue at the wrong lane (RFID-only lane), that’s when they will get citation tickets.

May expiration ba ang load ng RFID?

Wala. Walang expiration ang load sa RFID.

Saan pwedeng tumawag kung may problema ako tungkol sa RFID sticker?

You may get in touch with the appropriate contacts below from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday:

MPTC
Phone 8-555-7575 and 1-35000
Email: customer_service@nlex.com.ph
support@easytrip.ph
Facebook DM: NLEX Corp.
Easytrip Services Corp./ easytripph

SMC
Autosweep: (02) 5-318-8655 (TOLL)
Website: autosweeprfid.com

TRB
Landline. 02 8631-5901
Smart: 0919-560-9527
Globe: 0915-163-6468
(The above numbers are open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Outside these hours, you may send a message via Twitter, Facebook or email records@trb.gov.ph )


UPDATES LOG:
2020 November 22 – Added information shared by the DOTr at the Senate Plenary Debates
2020 November 23 – Integrated the FAQs released by the DOTr



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Asta Alvarez
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Onad

Online registration for autosweep is a joke, all sites have no available slot for the month of November and December.

Dario Oreta

Yes it’s a big lie! I tried so many times to get online application, but no available slot

Eddie Allas

Correct sir

Martin Sandulan

Sana gawin na lang itong card available sa boong Pilipinas mag load ka lang kung ikaw ay may puppuntahang lugar sa south or sa north man yan itatapat mo lang ang card sa machine then go no hasle pa sa pag registered ng account easy man yan or auto isa dapat ang gagamitin na card south and north