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    Additional Drivers Fee

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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?

    All of our car rental partners don't charge a fee for additional drivers renting in California as long as they meet all of the requirements. If the drivers are aged under 25, then they may have to pay an underage surcharge. You can add as many drivers as you want as long as they fit in your rental car. Below is the fee for additional drivers.  


    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​.

    Read more about Additional Drivers.

     For example:

    You are traveling for a company business . . . 

    ...and you wish for your employer or employee to drive the vehicle, they may already be considered an "authorized driver" which means that they may not be charged  for an additional driver fee. The same is true for a renter's spouse in most cases. It is still best to always check the terms and conditions of your rental. 

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