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What Types of Driver's License Do Car Rental Companies Accept?

Drivers License Types in the USA

Customers must present a valid, unexpired government-issued driver's license which includes a photograph of the customer. The driver's license must be valid for the entire rental period. An additional government-issued identification may also be required. To make your booking experience more convenient and stress-free, VroomVroomVroom has listed down the types of drivers license usually accepted by our partners.

Types of driver's licenses explained

Keep in mind that the status of your driver's license can fall into one of four types: valid, expired, suspended and revoked. Your license needs to be valid to be able to rent a car. If your license is not valid, it is either expired, suspended or revoked. Note also that Learner's Permits and photocopies of driver's licenses are not accepted. Also, temporary driver's licenses may be refused if the renting location is unable to otherwise verify the customer's identity or verify the authenticity of the temporary license.

Learn more about the rental rules for each car rental agency below.


Car Rental Company

Valid Driver's LicenseInvalid Driver's LicenseMinimum Age
Advantage

An acceptable valid driver's license, issued from your country of residence, MUST be presented at time of rental. The driver's license must be valid for the entire rental period. 

If the driver's license is in a language other than English, and the rental is in the United States, an International Driver's Permit is recommended. 

You will not be allowed to rent an Advantage vehicle with only an International Driver's Permit.

Note that a third form of I. D. may be required on some vehicles.

Photocopies of Driver's Licenses are not accepted.

Learner's Permits are not accepted.

Minimum age to rent is 21.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Alamo


A valid driver's license from the customer's country of residence is required and must be presented at time of rental. The driver's license must be valid for the entire rental period.

If the driver's license is in a language other than English, an International Driver's Permit is required along with the driver's license.


No expired driver's license are accepted.

Temporary licenses are not accepted.

The primary renter of the vehicle must be 25 years of age, or for select corporate contracts and international tour accounts, the minimum age is 21 (age surcharge applies 21-24).
Avis

Driver's licenses accepted in the US are any license issued by any US state, territory or possession, a license issued by a Canadian province, a license issued by a country that participated in the 1949 Geneva convention on Road Traffic or the 1943 Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automobile Traffic, and a license issued by a country that has a reciprocal agreement with the US.

International Driver's Permits are valid only if presented with the original local license. In addition, the renter renter may be subject to an electronic DMV check or be required to sign a declaration attesting to the fact that they have a valid license that is not currently suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered.  
Photocopies of Driver's Licenses are not accepted.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licenses.

Drivers should be at least 25 years old to rent without extra fees.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.

In New York State and Michigan, the minimum age to rent is 18 with a surcharge fee.
Budget
Non-U.S. and non-Canadian residents are required to present a valid driver's license and a passport from their home country. If the information on your driver's license is not written in the Roman alphabet, you must also present an International Driving Permit. If you have indicated on your reservation that you are a non-U.S. resident, you must also present proof of your return trip back to your resident country or your confirmed reservation rate will change.  
Learner's Permits, Provisional or Expired licenses.

U.S. Budget licensee-owned location age rules vary, however most allow a minimum age of 18-24 for a surcharge fee.

Drivers between the ages of 21-24 will not be permitted to rent luxury cars, mini vans, 12-passenger vans, specialty vehicles, full-size SUVs or premium SUVs. 

Dollar

A valid driver's license in the customer's own name must be presented at the time of pick up.

A foreign driver's license* issued by the country of residence of the renter and additional drivers. If the driver's license in not in English, the renter and drivers will be required to present both the foreign issued driver's license and a current International Driver's Permit. 

If the foreign issued driver's license is from a country where driver's licenses are issued, the renter and any additional drivers will also be required to show their passport, visa or other current U.S. issued documentation at the beginning of the rental authorizing the renter or driver to be present in the USA at the time of rental.

Photocopies of driver's licenses are not accepted.

Learner's Permits.
Minimum age is 20 on all vehicles. Renters under 25 may be subject to an additional fee.

Minimum age to rent a car in Michigan and New York is 18 and is subject to daily surcharge. 
Enterprise

All drivers must have a valid non-expired driving license and photographic identification to be produced at the time of rental.

If the driver's license is in a language other than English, but the characters are in English (i.e.alphabet is an extended Latin-based alphabet like German, Spanish, etc.), an International Driver's Permit is recommended but not required.

If the driver's license is in a language other than English and the characters are not in the English language (i.e. Russian, Chinese, etc.) an International Driver's Permit is required.  Note: Customers are not allowed to rent a vehicle with only an International Driver's Permit


No Learners Permits or photocopies of any kind.  A temporary DL will not be accepted.

Expired Driver's Licenses are not accepted. The only exception to this practice is a renter that is Active Military, with an Active Military ID and a Driver's License issued from a state with a  Military Extension Policy.


Minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21. Drivers should be at least 25 years old to rent without extra fees. 

The minimum age to rent a car in Michigan and New York is 18 and is subject to daily surcharge.
Renters 21-24 may only rent Economy through Fullsize cars. 


An acceptable valid driver's license issued in your country of residence must be presented at the time of rental. The driver's license must be valid for the entire rental period. 

If the driver's license is in a language other than English an international driver's permit is recommended and must be accompanied by a valid driver's license issued from your home country, you will not be allowed to rent with only an international driver's permit. 

The renters driving license country MUST match the point of sale of the product reserved , if not the correct point of sale product will be applied at time of rental which may occur additional charges.


Learner's Permits, Provisional or expired licenses. 

Minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21.

Rental rates may be higher for renters between the ages of 21 and 24 as age surcharge will apply.
EZ
The renter must have in his/her immediate possession a valid and current driver license.
 
In order for the license to be valid, it must not be expired, must match the renter who is renting the vehicle and the name on the driver license must match exactly the imprinted name on the credit card.
Learner's Permits, Provisional or Expired licenses.

Renters aged 21-24 years old will be required to pay  an underage fee.

Drivers should be at least 25 years old to rent without extra fees.

Fox
All renters/drivers will be required, at the time of rental, to supply a valid driver license (U.S., or Country License accompanied with an International license and passport)
Learner's Permits.


Minimum age for renters and drivers to book through VroomVroomVroom is 21.

Renters below 19 can book directly through Fox Rent a Car but an age surcharge will apply.

Hertz


An acceptable, valid driver's license issued from your country of residence must be presented at the time of rental. The driver's license must be valid for the entire rental period.

If the driver's license is in a language other than English, and the rental is in the United States, an International Driver's Permit is recommended.

In all cases, a valid driver's license issued from your home country must be provided, whether or not you possess an International Driver's Permit. You will not be allowed to rent a Hertz vehicle with only an International Driver's Permit.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licenses.
On most retail rentals at corporate locations and participating licensee locations in the US, the minimum age is 25 without an additional Age Differential Charge, and 20 (18 in Michigan and New York) with an additional Age Differential Charge.
National

In order to rent a National vehicle, a valid driver's license from the customer's country of residence is required and must be presented at time of rental.

The driver's license must be valid for the entire rental period.

International renters must present a valid license from their country of residence. If the driver's license is in a language other than English, an International Driver's Permit is required in conjunction with the country of residence driver's license.Customers will not be allowed to rent a vehicle with only an International Driver's Permit.

No learner permits or photocopies are accepted.

Temporary driver's licenses are accepted only if for change of residence or replacement of lost or stolen license. If no photo ID, the description on the license must match that of the renter.

The primary renter of the vehicle must be 25 years of age, or for select corporate contracts and international tour accounts, the minimum age is 21.

Minimum age to rent a car in Michigan and New York state is 18 and is subject to daily surcharge.
Thrifty

Driver must have a valid driver's license issued by state, territory or possession of the United States, and valid for the entire rental period

A foreign driver's license* issued by the country of residence of the renter and additional drivers. If the driver's license in not in English, the renter and drivers will be required to present both the foreign issued driver's license and a current International Driver's Permit (“IDP”). An IDP (or certified translation) without the foreign issued driver's license is not acceptable.

*If the foreign issued driver's license is from a country where “permanent” or “non-expiring” driver's licenses are issued, the renter and any additional drivers will also be required to show their passport, visa or other current U.S. issued documentation at the beginning of the rental authorizing the renter or driver to be present in the USA at the time of rental.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licenses.Minimum age is 21 on most vehicles.  No additional charge for renters 25 .

Minimum age to rent a car in Michigan and New York state is 18 and is subject to daily surcharge.

Please note that some car rental companies have different requirements, so make sure to check our Terms and Conditions (TnC) pages for complete details.

Read more about License Requirements for renting a car in the US.