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Is There a Fee for Additional Drivers?

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If you're planning on a road trip through the US, sometimes sharing the driving can be a good idea. Particularly on long journeys, adding an additional driver to your booking can help you stay alert on the road. While some car rental companies charge a fee to add an additional driver, in some cases there is no fee for "authorized drivers".

Are you an authorized driver? 

If you rent a car with most major car rental companies in the United States, the renter's spouse, employer/employee (if traveling on company business), or companions of physically impaired customers may be considered an authorized driver. Authorized drivers do not always need to be present at the time of pick-up, and may not need to sign the additional driver form. 

Do additional drivers need to meet the suppliers terms and conditions?

Additional drivers will still need to meet the same age requirements, and be able to present a valid driver's license. It is important to check the terms and conditions as some car rental companies may require authorized drivers to be present at the time of pick-up.

Which car rental companies don't charge for additional drivers?

Wondering which car rental companies don't charge for additional drivers? Take a look below at the table below for a list of additional driver fee per car hire company:

SuppliersAdditional Driver Fees
Advantage $12.00* USD per day for each Additional Authorized Operator.
Alamo$10.00* USD per day plus local taxes and surcharges.
AvisDetails and exceptions apply. See the terms and conditions that relate to the chosen location. 
Budget$13* USD per day with a maximum charge of $65 per rental. There is no fee in California. In Nevada, the fee is $10 per day with a maximum charge of $65 per rental. In New York, the fee is $3 per day.
Dollar$9.00-$12.00* USD per day.
Enterprise"Typically" averages $12.00* USD per day per additional driver
EZThe charge for additional authorized drivers is $9.99* USD per day, per additional driver.
Fox$10.00* USD  per day in Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Utah.
$8.00* USD per day in Arizona and Washington.
There is no charge for California locations.
Hertz$13.50* USD per day, maximum $189.00* USD per rental, for each Additional Authorized Operator.
NationalFee varies at location but is typically around $10.00 - $13.00 USD per day, excluding taxes and surcharges.
ThriftyBecause the requirements vary by location, please refer to the location's own Terms and Conditions for specific information on additional driver fees at the location where you intend to rent.
Europcar$12.00* USD per day for each Additional Authorized Operator.

*Note:  Prices are subject to change without notice. For information about your specific booking, contact our Customer Care Team.

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When you add an additional driver . . . 

If you are traveling on company business, and you wish for your employer or employee to drive the vehicle, they may already be considered an "authorized driver". The same is true for a renter's spouse in some cases. Always check the terms and conditions of your rental to see if they will need to present their license at the depot.