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Minimum Age to Rent a Car in the United States

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The minimum age to rent a car for most major car rental companies is 21 to 24. Some will rent to even younger drivers where a mandatory surcharge and additional restrictions typically apply. Since each car rental company has different policies when it comes to underage drivers, it is important to know them. Read below for minimum age requirements and young renter fees.

Advantage: Minimum age is 21. Age surcharge of $25* per day would apply for drivers between 21-24.

Alamo: Primary renters must be 25 years old and above in most states. Car rental rates may be higher for renters between the ages of 21 and 24, a young driver surcharge may be applied.

In New York and Michigan, drivers aged 18 to 20 may rent, but there is a young driver surcharge of $57* per day in New York and $34* per day in Michigan. For drivers aged 21 to 24, the underage fee is $20* in New York and $13* in Michigan.

Avis: Minimum age is 21, but drivers aged 21 to 24 will have to pay an additional $27* per day underage surcharge. The minimum age to rent in New York and Michigan is 18.

A surcharge of $52* per day for ages 18 to 20 and $35* per day for ages 21-24 incurs in New York. surcharge of $41* per day for ages 18 to 20 and $28* per day for ages 21 to 24 incurs in Michigan.

Budget: Minimum rental age is 21, but drivers aged 21 to 24 can only rent some types of cars with an additional fee of up to $35*.

In New York, the minimum rental age is 18 with an additional surcharge ranging from $52* to $115* per day (depending on location).

Dollar: Minimum age is 20 (18 to 24 in Michigan and New York) but there is an age surcharge that may vary depending on location so check the local policies of the rental location you're considering. The young drivers surcharge is typically around $25* to $35*.

Enterprise: The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old in most states, but renters aged 21 to 24 are subject to young renter fee of around $20* per day (charges vary depending on the rental location).

The minimum age to rent a car in New York and Michigan is 18 years old, but renters aged 18 to 24 have to pay an additional fee of $57* in New York and $40* in Michigan.

Europcar: The minimum age to rent a car is 21 to 24 with an age differential charge of $25* per day.

E-Z: Renters age 21 to 24 are required to pay an underage fee of $20 USD per day.

Fox: Minimum age to rent a car is 19, but the age for renters and drivers on government orders is 18. Renters age 21 to 24 are subject to an under age surcharge of $20* per day at all FOX corporate locations except TPA where the rate is $25* per day. Renters age 19 to 20 have to pay a surcharge of $25* per day at all FOX corporate locations except TPA where the fee is $30* per day.

Hertz: 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 of between $27 - $35.* The surcharge varies per location and car class.

National: The minimum age to rent a car is 21 to 24 with a young renter fee of up to $35* per day. In New York, drivers age 18 to 20 years old may rent, but need to pay an underage fee of $57* per day while 21 to 24-year-old drivers pay an additional charge of $20* per day. The minimum age for Michigan is also 18 and a $34* per day additional charge applies to 18-20 aged renters and $13* per day additional charge applies to 21-24 aged renters.

Thrifty: Minimum age is 20 with an additional charge of $25* - $35* (fee varies based on renting location and car class). Drivers 18 to 20 years old in New York and Michigan may rent with an underage charge of around $73* per day.

*Note that all rates may incur additional tax and surcharges without prior notice.

Read more about age restrictions here.

 Important:

Always check the terms and conditions...

Make sure you read and understand the terms and conditions of your rental car agreement. Check carefully the list of the minimum age requirements for each of our suppliers to get more information. Note that an additional charge applies to 21-24 and/or 18-20 aged renters.