Teenagers and Rental Cars: Restrictions, Regulations and Policies

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The minimum age requirement when renting a car in the United States is 25 years old. However, most major car rental companies allow drivers below 25 years old to drive a rental car as long as they pay the underage driver fee and meet all the requirements. The youngest age allowed to rent a car by some of our suppliers is 18 and this depends on the location as well.

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Which companies allow teens to rent a car?

Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty allow 18-year-old drivers to rent a car in New York and Michigan for an additional fee. Budget, on the other hand, only allows renters aged 18 in New York. The minimum age to rent a car through Fox is 19, but the minimum age for renters and drivers on government orders is 18. U.S. military personnel and government employers ages 18 or older will not incur a young driver surcharge when renting for authorized government travel.

Which car rental company is cheapest for teenage drivers?

The car rental company with the cheapest young renter fee is FOX Rent A Car, which only charges $25* per day for 19 year old renters. However, Avis has the cheapest underage surcharge for 18-year-olds renting a car in New York while National and Alamo offer the lowest young renter fee in Michigan for renters age 18. Rates may change so make sure to coordinate with us so we can help you find the best deal.

Useful information on teenagers renting a car in the USA

Learn about the age limits of various car rental companies and where you can save up. VroomVroomVroom has taken a look at the major car rental companies' policies on renting your teen a car. Although most car rental companies claim that insurance rates are prohibitive for the High Risk group of renters under 21, it seems it might just be another way to assess extraordinary fees. 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.

U.S. Rental Car Company Policies

Advantage

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

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. More Info

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. A surcharge of $41* per day for ages 18 to 20 and $28* per day for ages 21 to 24 incurs in Michigan. More Info

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). More Info

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*. More Info

Hertz

The minimum age for renters is 20, except in New York and Michigan, where drivers age 18 can rent. Renters under 25 are subject to a young renter fee which is typically between $27* and $35* per day.  The surcharge varies per location and car class. More Info

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. More Info

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. More Info

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. More Info

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. More Info

*All rates may incur additional tax and surcharges.

The Young Renter Fees were last updated on May 2018, however suppliers may change rates without providing notice to VroomVroomVroom. Contact us to confirm additional fees for teenage drivers.

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