Being a 24 year old has its share of perks, but renting a car has traditionally not been one of them. Not anymore! A number of national car rental companies now extend their rental services to drivers under the age of 25, so if you have your sights set on a weekend getaway or a car when your car’s in the shop, your age will no longer come between you and a car rental. Keep reading to find out where you can rent a car at 24, what you’ll need to rent a car, and if you can expect to pay any underage driver fees.

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  • How Can You Rent a Car at 24?

  • The List of Companies That Rent to 24 Year Olds

How Can You Rent a Car at 24?

Can you rent a car at 24 years old? Yes! It used to be common for car rental companies to turn away drivers under the age of 25 for liability reasons. Fortunately, most companies have relaxed age restrictions, and 21 is the new threshold for renting a car at various airport and non-airport locations. And why not? Turning 21 is widely regarded as the age when young adults are ready to take on numerous adult responsibilities. However, keep in mind that in most cases, renting a car at 21-24 will likely come with its share of charges in the form of underage renter fees.

There are few companies where you can rent a car if you are under the age of 21. If you live in New York State or Michigan, you can rent a car at age 18. Even those companies that do not rent to those under the age of 25 often make exceptions for renters traveling for business or for members of the U.S. armed forces (current or retired).

If you want to rent a car at 24, come prepared with a current driver’s license and a valid credit/debit card, and expect to pay an underage renter surcharge on top of the normal rental fees, in most cases. Some drivers may be exempt from paying the surcharge, including AAA members who rent through Hertz, those renting under corporate and government accounts, or active/retired members of the U.S. armed forces.

The List of Companies That Rent to 24 Year Olds

1. Advantage Rent A Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $25 per day.
  • Restrictions: Driver’s under the age of 24 must have automobile insurance in their own name, or appear as a driver under another driver’s policy.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card. You must show agents a return portion of a round trip ticket from within the rental state if you live within 65 miles of the rental location. If you don’t have this type of ticket, you must present written proof of third party comprehensive liability insurance.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit card with enough funds to cover the entire rental, plus up to $20 extra. Debit card with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover logo; must have enough funds to cover rental, plus up to $300 extra.
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2. Alamo Rent A Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $25 per day. NY drivers pay a $49.37 per day insurance recovery fee.
  • Restrictions: Debit cards are not accepted.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card. Lead renter is the name that appears on the credit card used during the reservation process.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards accepted. Insurance is not provided, but customers can choose third party insurance options paid directly to Alamo.
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3. Avis Rent A Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: Varies by location.
  • Restrictions: Some locations do not accept debit cards; prepaid debit cards are not accepted
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and a credit/debit card.
  • Payment requirements: Credit cards are preferred. A hold for the estimated charges or $200 is required for all rentals. When prepaying with a debit card, the hold amount is $100.
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4. Budget

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $12.50 to $35 per day for drivers age 21 to 24, depending on the state and city. NY drivers 18 – 20 pay fees ranging from $52 to $115 per day.
  • Restrictions: Choice of car model may be limited, depending on location, due to age. Rental may be denied based on negative information from a DMV check (some locations).
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license, credit card, and a deposit.Some locations run a credit check for debit card users. Additionally, the third form of valid identification may be required; this can include a U.S. passport, U.S. military ID, current car insurance card, a current copy of cell or telephone bill, a utility bill, or a bank statement.
  • Payment requirements: Valid major credit cards and debit cards accepted for payment.
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5. Dollar Rent A Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: Varies by location.
  • Restrictions: Key ring credit cards are not accepted.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card or debit card. Debit card users must meet all airport location conditions. An authorized hold is placed on the card for up to $350 or 15 percent of estimated rental fees. Cash deposits are accepted from customers who have a Cash Deposit Identification card.
  • Payment requirements: Valid major credit cards and debit cards are accepted.
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6. Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $20 per day or higher. MI fees: Ages 18 – 20: $26 per day, ages 21 – 24: $13 per day. NY fees: Ages 18 – 20: $57 per day, ages 21 – 24: $20 per day.
  • Restrictions: Cash, money orders, pre-paid cards, and virtual credit cards are not accepted by most branches. A few may accept this type of payment if customers can satisfy its cash requirement validation requirements, which may vary by location.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card.
  • Payment requirements: Valid major credit cards. At the airport, debit cards are accepted with proof of roundtrip tickets. At non-airport locations, debit cards may or may not be accepted.
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4. Fox Rent A Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 19
  • Underage fee: $20 or $25 per day for drivers ages 21 – 24, and $25 or $30 per day for drivers under age 21.
  • Restrictions: Keychain credit cards are not accepted. Debit card users must rent vehicles 24 hours in advance. Debit cards are not accepted from renters living within 150 miles of a rental location. Drivers under the age of 21 cannot use a debit cards to make reservations.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards are accepted. Debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) are accepted, with restrictions.
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5. Hertz

  • Minimum age requirement: 20
  • Underage fee: Varies by location; however, AAA members between the ages of 20-24 can get the underage fee waived with proof of membership.
  • Restrictions: Not specified.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards accepted.
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6. Payless Car Rental

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $25 per day.
  • Restrictions: A DMV check may be done, and car rental may be denied due to a negative driving record. A negative credit check can invalidate a rental. Some locations do not accept debit cards as payment.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. A credit card hold of $200 is standard. When picking up a car at a location that accepts debit cards, debit card holders may need to pass a credit card check before a rental is complete.
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7. Sixt Rent A Car

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: Not specified.
  • Restrictions: Underage drivers must have over one year of solid driving experience. Some vehicle categories are not available to drivers under age 25. Airport locations don’t accept debit cards from local renters.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card or debit card.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards accepted. Some locations accept debit cards presented with two government-issued IDs.
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8. Thrifty Car Rental

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: Yes; amount varies by location.
  • Restrictions: Keyring credit cards are not accepted. Most locations do a credit check on debit card users at the time of rental, and negative results may prevent completion of the rental.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card. Some locations may accept debit cards or prepaid cards when reserving a car.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards accepted. Debit cards and prepaid cards are accepted for payment after the vehicle is returned.
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9. Turo Car Rental

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $10 or 30% of the trip price, whichever is greater
  • Restrictions: Prepaid, reloadable, and cards not linked to a bank account are not accepted.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Payment requirements: Credit card, debit card (MasterCard or Visa logo), Apple Pay or Android Pay via cell phone or other mobile devices.
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10. U-Save Car & Truck Rental

  • Minimum age requirement: 21
  • Underage fee: $15 per day.
  • Restrictions: Debit cards of any type are not accepted for rental deposits. Early returns are not refunded.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license and credit card.
  • Payment requirements: Major credit cards accepted. Must have at least $300 available credit. Debit cards (MasterCard or Visa) and cash may be accepted after the vehicle is returned, depending on location.
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 11. Zipcar Rental

  • Minimum age requirement: 21 (in some cases, 18 for college students)
  • Underage fee: N/A
  • Restrictions: College or university affiliation required for drivers ages 18 to 20. Additionally, Michigan renters under age 21 cannot have major violations, drug or alcohol related incidents on their driving record. Non-U.S. driver’s license renters must submit copies of driver’s license and passport (British Columbia license holders must submit a second form of ID). Applicants may be subject to a credit check and a DMV check.
  • Reservation requirements: Valid driver’s license, accept membership terms of service.
  • Payment requirements: Not specified.
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In Summary

Yes, you rent a car at 24. Car rental companies have relaxed their age requirements, and now welcome renters between the ages of 18 to 24. In most cases, you’ll be paying a young renter surcharge for this privilege, but it’s worth it. As long as you meet all rental criteria, drive safely, and take good care of the car, you’ll be driving wherever you want, whenever you want in a smooth ride.