Age to Rent a Car in Texas: Under 25? All Major Company Policies Listed

Short Answer: Texas does not have set age requirements for renting a car; individual companies each set their own requirements. Most companies require you to be at least 21 to rent. We’ve compiled a list of the car rental companies that operate in Texas and their minimum and maximum age requirements, along with information on young renter fees and restrictions, so there are no surprises when you rent a car in Texas.

Texas Car Rental Age Requirements

In the United States, rental car agencies set their own age requirements. Most rental car agencies require you to be 21 years old to rent a car in Texas, but no companies impose a maximum age restriction in the U.S.

There are a few exceptions to the minimum age requirements. For example, if you are a United States Government Employee, you may rent a car as early as age 18 by showing the agent at your rental location your government employee ID and evidence of your official orders.

Although many agencies in Texas allow car rentals as early as age 21, they will usually charge daily fees to drivers under 25 that can significantly increase the total cost of the rental.

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Car Rental Companies in Texas

ACE Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None in the U.S.
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, an underage fee of $25 a day will be assessed.
  • Find an ACE location
  • Source: Texas location age policies on ACE’s website

Advantage Rent A Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, an underage fee of $25 a day will be assessed.
  • Find an Advantage location
  • Source: Advantage website FAQs section

See our article to find out if you qualify for Advantage’s military discount.

Alamo Rent A Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None in the U.S. or Canada
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, a young driver surcharge may be applied to your rental cost, depending on the location. Young drivers (under 25) also may not be able to rent certain specialty vehicles.
  • Find an Alamo location
  • Source: Alamo’s age policy

Avis

  • Minimum age: 21.
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, an underage surcharge will be assessed. The surcharge amount depends on the specific rental location. Renters under 25 cannot rent luxury cars, minivans, 12-passenger vans, specialty cars, full-size SUVs and premium SUVs.
  • Find an Avis location
  • Source: Avis’s terms and conditions

Budget Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None in the United States; varies abroad
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, a daily surcharge will be applied to your rental cost. The amount of the charge depends on the specific rental location in Texas.
  • Find a Budget location
  • Source: Budget Car Rental’s age policy

Dollar Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, a daily surcharge will be applied to your rental cost. The amount of the charge depends on the specific rental location in Texas.
  • Find a Dollar location
  • Source: Dollar’s General Policies webpage

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • Minimum age: 21 in most locations
  • Maximum age: None in the U.S. and Canada
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, a “Young Renter Fee” may be assessed. The fee varies based on rental location but is usually around $20 a day. Young renters are only permitted to rent from a limited selection of vehicles.
  • Find an Enterprise location
  • Source: Enterprise’s FAQ webpage

See our article for details on Enterprise’s student discount policy

E-Z Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21; 18 in some locations
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, an underage surcharge of $25 a day will be assessed.
  • Find an E-Z location
  • Source: E-Z Rent a Car’s FAQ page

Fox Rent A Car

  • Minimum age: 19
  • Maximum age: None in the United States; varies abroad
  • Underage fees and restrictions: Renters under 25 can expect surcharges of around $20 to $30 per day and may be restricted to certain vehicle classes
  • Find a Fox location
  • Source: Fox Rent A Car policies by location

Hertz

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, there will be an added fee based on the type of car and location of car rental; drivers under 25 cannot rent from the Prestige or Adrenaline Collections
  • Find a Hertz location
  • Source: Hertz age policy

See our article for details on the Hertz credit check policy.

National Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, a young renter fee may be added to your total cost. The fee varies by location.
  • Find a National location
  • Source: National Car Rental FAQ page

Payless Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, a $25 per day surcharge will be added to your rental cost.
  • Find a Payless location
  • Source: Payless Car Rental FAQ page

Silvercar

  • Minimum age: 22
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: Fees are not specified on Silvercar’s website, so it is best to speak with your local Silvercar location to confirm if there is an additional charge for drivers under age 25.
  • Find a Silvercar location
  • Source: Silvercar’s driver requirements

Sixt

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Maximum age: None in the United States; varies abroad
  • Underage fees and restrictions: $14.99 to $35 per day; maximum $279.98 per rental for renters under 25; renters age 21 to 24 must have held a driver’s license for at least one year. Rental car choices for young drivers are restricted to certain vehicle categories.
  • Find a Sixt location
  • Source: Sixt FAQ page

Thrifty Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21; 20 in some areas
  • Maximum age: None in the U.S.
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If you are under the age of 25, a daily surcharge will be assessed. The amount is not specified, so it is best to call your local rental office to confirm additional fees and charges if you are under 25.
  • Find a Thrifty location
  • Source: Thrifty’s FAQ page

Turo

  • Minimum age: 21. If you are under 25, you may be required to demonstrate at least two years of current driving history.
  • Maximum age: None in the U.S. or Canada; 75 in the United Kingdom
  • Underage fees and restrictions: If the car owner brought their own private rental insurance, there may be underage fees. There won’t be underage fees if the car owner is using the insurance provided through Turo. Renters under 30 may not rent high-value cars, defined as cars valued at over $55,000.
  • Rent a car with Turo (paid partner link)
  • Source: Turo’s age requirements

Zipcar

  • Minimum age: 18 for college students; 21 otherwise
  • Maximum age: None
  • Underage fees and restrictions: There are no specific fees for young drivers. Membership costs around $7 per month, with discounts available for students and teachers.
  • Find a Zipcar location
  • Source: Zipcar’s eligibility requirements

Our article has all the details about renting a car with Zipcar.

In Summary

At most rental companies in Texas, you’ll need to be at least 21 to rent, and if you’re under 25, you’ll likely be charged a daily fee on top of the regular rental price. Some locations may have further restrictions on the type of car you can rent, but no rental company in the U.S. will impose a maximum age restriction. The main exceptions to minimum rental age requirements are government employees, who can rent at 18 with official travel orders.

For more on age requirements for renting cars in the U.S., check out our articles on the rental car age requirements in Florida and California.

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