Here’s the deal: many young people get their drivers license at 16, but car rental companies always set the age requirements much higher. This can make finding a car rental at 19 a frustrating process. We’re going to make things easier for you, and cut down on the time you spend researching companies that don’t have options for you. Below you’ll find the list of car companies that will rent to those who are 19 and younger, what kinds of cars they’ll rent to you, payment types accepted (such as debit), and more.

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How to Rent a Car at 19 from Any Rental Company

There are a few exceptions to the rules when it comes to renting a car when you’re younger than 25. Or, perhaps more accurately, loopholes. In any case, if you qualify for any of these exceptions, you may be able to rent a car as a 19 year old regardless of where you go.

  1. In Michigan or New York, state law requires that car rental companies rent to customers who are 18 or older. You’ll probably still have to pay young driver fees, but you’ll get a car.
  2. If you have a military ID, you’ll typically be able to rent from any car rental company at 18 as long as you’re traveling on government orders. (Policies vary by company regarding under-25 military personnel renting for leisure travel.)
  3. If you are insured by the company you work for or your company has an agreement with a car rental dealership, you can often rent a vehicle for work-related purposes.
  4. If you are on official government business as a government employee, you can rent at 18.

Oh, and one last thing: as for the rental car’s payment, expect to put down a deposit of $200 or greater when using debit or credit cards. The deposit rate will change according to the specific policies of the rental company and the type of car, but the requirement is standard for most car rental companies. That means, if you’re using a debit card, you’ll have to have the amount needed for the insurance deposit as well as the payment in your bank account. Don’t get discouraged, though — this money is refunded to you upon return of the vehicle, safe and sound.

Rental Companies That Rent to 19 Year Olds

1. @West Rent a Car (Los Angeles and San Francisco only)

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: @West Rent a Car’s minimum age is 18 if the driver has proof of their own auto insurance. If not, the required age is 21.
  • Cars available to rent: A variety of economy, compact, midsize, full sized, and SUV options. See the rental fleet.
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, debit, and credit cards.
  • Deposit amount: $250.00 when paying with a credit card, and $350.00 when paying with cash or a debit card.
  • Restrictions/requirements: Under-21 customers must provide proof of their insurance policy in order to rent a car and pay an unspecified underage surcharge.
  • Read about @West Rent a Car’s age policies

2. ACE Car Rental

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: At some locations, ACE will rent to drivers 18-21 years old. At most locations, however, the required age is 21. To find out if your local ACE Car Rental qualified, find your location, and look under “Local Policies.”
  • Cars available to rent: ACE Car Rental’s site states that it has “the latest model cars, vans, SUVs and other specialty vehicles.” Availability will vary by location.
  • Payment types accepted: Credit cards are accepted at all locations, but debit cards and cash payments vary by location. Call in, or check the local policies of your nearest location.
  • Deposit amount: Not specified, but the website states that ACE Car Rental “requires a refundable deposit, typically the rental amount for one day.”
  • Restrictions/requirements: At all locations that will rent to drivers under 21 years old there are additional fees for young drivers.
  • Read about ACE Car Rental’s age policies (under “making a reservation”)

3. E-Z Rent-A-Car

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: E-Z Rent-A-Car requires its customers to be 18 years of age to rent a vehicle.
  • Cars available to rent: Available vehicles vary according to location, but you’ll have a variety to choose from.
  • Payment types accepted: Debit and credit cards. Cash is accepted upon return, but not at time of rental.
  • Deposit amount: $200.00
  • Restrictions/requirements: The company has an underage surcharge of $35.00 per day for customers who are 18-21 years of age, and $20.00 per day for those 22-25.
  • Read about E-Z Rent-A-Car’s age policy

4. Fox Rent A Car

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: Fox Rent A Car requires that its customers be 19 years of age to rent a car.
  • Cars available to rent: The selection varies by location, but Fox Rent A Car states that even customers 19 years of age can choose their vehicle. The company offers “a wide selection of high-quality vehicles ranging from economy to family-size, to hybrids, SUVs, minivans, sports or luxury vehicles.”
  • Payment types accepted: Debit, credit, and cash (except in Phoenix, AZ and Oakland, CA).
  • Deposit amount: $150.00
  • Restrictions/requirements: Fox Rent A Car has a “young renter surcharge” of $25.00 per day for customers 19-21 years old and $20.00 per day for those 22-25 years old.
  • Read about Fox Rent A Car’s age policies

5. Getaround

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: Getaround requires its customers to be 19 years of age to rent a vehicle (and 25 for “specialty vehicles”).
  • Cars available to rent: With Getaround, you’ll be renting cars from regular car owners who have made their cars available through the service, so you’ll usually get a lot of variety.
  • Payment types accepted: Cars are booked online or through a mobile app, so you’ll have to pay online through a credit or debit card, or Apple Pay.
  • Deposit amount: None.
  • Restrictions/requirements: Getaround currently operates in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Chicago, and Washington DC.
  • Read about Getaround’s age policies

6. Rent-A-Wreck

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: At most locations Rent-A-Wreck requires its customers to be 18 to rent a vehicle, though the website states that some locations require their drivers to be 25. Call in to your local rental to make sure.
  • Cars available to rent: Its website states that “Rent-A-Wreck locations stock everything from economy cars to full size luxury sedans. Pick Up trucks, Box Trucks, Mini-Vans, Cargo Vans,15-passenger vans, SUV’s and other vehicles are all available in select Rent-A-Wreck rent a car locations.”
  • Payment types accepted: Credit and debit at all locations, and cash at some locations.
  • Deposit amount: Not specified, depends on the size of the car and length of the rental.
  • Restrictions/requirements: For customers under 25 years of age, Rent-a-Wreck “usually” requires a credit card as payment and has additional fees for its younger renters.
  • Read about Rent-A-Wreck’s age policies

7. U-Haul

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: U-Haul requires its customers to be 16 to rent a trailer, and 18 years old to rent a truck.
  • Cars available to rent: Only trailers and trucks.
  • Payment types accepted: Credit cards are required to make a reservation, but U-Haul accepts credit, debit cards, and cash as forms of payment.
  • Deposit amount: None if paying with a credit or debit card with a major logo (MasterCard of Visa); $100.00 if paying with cash.
  • Restrictions/requirements: None, except that the only vehicle available is a truck.
  • Read about U-Haul’s age policies

8. Zipcar

  • Age limit for renting: Zipcar requires that its customers be at least 18 years of age if associated with a university or college. Otherwise, customers must be 21 years old to rent a car. Find out if your campus is affiliated with Zipcar.
  • Cars available to rent: Available cars vary depending on where you are, but generally Zipcar has a wide selection. They offer four door cars, cargo vans, crossovers, hatchbacks, luxury cars, minivans, SUVs, Sedans, and trucks. Generally, these schools will have a few different Zipcar options for your needs.
  • Payment types accepted: You’ll pay an annual membership fee per year, and then additional costs based on hours/days needed. Membership fees are discounted for students, but the amount of the discount depends on what school you’re at. Because Zipcars are reserved through a mobile device, the payments must be with a debit, credit card, or by linking the app to your bank account.
  • Deposit amount: None, but there is a yearly membership fee.
  • Restrictions/requirements: To rent from Zipcar at under 21 years old, you must be associated with a participating university.
  • Read about Zipcar’s age policies

Rental Companies That Generally Don’t Rent to 19 Year Olds

Advantage Rent a Car

Alamo

Avis

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: 21
  • Read about Avis’ age policies (under “Requirements for Renting>Age Requirements for Renters”)

Budget

Dollar Rent a Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Europcar

Hertz Car Rental

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: 20 at most Hertz Car Rental locations , call to make sure that your local car rental will allow you to rent at your age
  • Read about Hertz Car Rental’s age policies

Kemwel

National Car Rental

Payless Car Rental

Silvercar

Sixt Rent a Car

Thrifty Rental

Turo

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: 21 and two years of demonstrated driving experience
  • Read about Turo’s age policies

U-Save

  • Age limit for renting a vehicle: 21 at almost all locations. Customers should be sure to contact the location where they plan to rent to confirm the age requirements.
  • Visit the website to find a U-Save location, then choose “Location Website” to find the contact information for that service center

In Summary

While there are several companies that will rent cars to 19 year olds, the majority won’t. For certain companies, there are extra eligibility requirements for young renters and/or daily surcharges on “young drivers.” If you’re renting at 19, plan ahead to be sure that the location you’ll rent from has cars available for young drivers, and to be prepared for any additional fees.