It can be tough to find a place to rent a car from if you’re not yet 21. But if you want to rent a car under 21, here’s how to do it. The list of companies that will rent to younger drivers includes: ACE Rent a Car, E-Z Rent-A-Car, Fox Rent A Car, Getaround, Hertz Rent a Car, Rent-A-Wreck, U-Save Car and Truck Rental, and Zipcar. Be prepared to pay a daily surcharge and, in some cases, vehicle selection may be limited.
Exceptions to the Usual Age Restrictions
- Thanks to state laws regulating rental car companies, if you’re renting in Michigan or New York state, you can rent a car from any company as long as you are at least 18. This applies to companies in Michigan or New York, not residents of New York or Michigan who are renting elsewhere.
- If you have a military ID and are traveling on government business, you can generally rent from any company at 18. Policies vary by company regarding under-25 military personnel renting for leisure travel.
- If the company you work for has a special agreement with a rental car company, you can typically rent under age 21.
You can’t get around the age requirement by having someone over 21 rent a car and adding the younger driver as an additional driver. Additional drivers must meet all the same requirements as the person renting the car. You can learn more about additional driver rules in our article: Can I Rent a Car for Someone Else?
The Companies That Rent to Drivers Under 21
Most rental car companies charge a surcharge (around $20-$30) if you’re under age 25. Additionally, you may be barred from renting higher-end cars. If you want to try to avoid underage driver fees, see our article: Car Rental Without Under 25 Fee?
The age requirements will likely get less strict over time. Within the last 10 years, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and Thrifty have all changed their minimum age from 25 to 21. We checked each company’s website and then contacted each company’s corporate office to verify this information is accurate and up to date.
If you’re only 18, to save you some time, jump over to this article to see the list of rental car companies that rent to 18-year-olds.
1. ACE Rent a Car
ACE Rent Car policies for drivers under age 25 vary by location. See the ACE minimum age requirements for yourself. Note that there are only 350 locations nationwide. Make sure there’s one near you before booking online.
2. E-Z Rent-A-Car
E-Z Rent-A-Car only requires drivers to be 21. Additional fees apply for those under 25. Learn more about the official E-Z Rent-A-Car age policy.
3. Fox Rent A Car
Getaround rents to drivers as young as 19 (age 25 if you want to rent a “specialty vehicle”). Getaround facilitates the rental of other people’s vehicles by the hour or day. Getaround currently only operates in the following cities: Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, New Jersey, Oakland, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Read more about Getaround’s age policy.
5. Hertz Rent a Car
You only need to be 20 to rent with Hertz; though this policy may vary by location. There is an Age Differential Charge and drivers under 25 cannot rent from the Prestige Collection. Learn more about Hertz’ minimum age policy.
Note: If you are a AAA member, Hertz will waive the underage driver fee. This discount can save you about $30 a day!
Most Rent-A-Wreck locations only require drivers to be 18; this policy may vary by location. If you’re under 25, a credit card is usually required and the rental rate may be higher. See the official Rent-A-Wreck age policy.
7. U-Save Car and Truck Rental
U-Save requires drivers to be at least 18 and will charge a fee for renters under 25; policies may vary by location. Learn more about U-Save’s age policy.
If you are in college, Zipcar only requires drivers to be 18; however, all other drivers must be 21. See the official Zipcar age policy.
The List of Companies That Rent to Drivers 21+
1. Advantage Rent A Car
Advantage Rent a Car requires drivers to be at least 21. Drivers under age 25 will be charged a fee of $25 per day. Learn more about the Advantage minimum age requirement. Read this article to find out if you can get a military discount at Advantage.
2. Alamo Rent A Car
You must be 21 to rent with Alamo. There is a young driver surcharge for drivers under 25. See Alamo’s age restriction policy.
4. Budget Car Rental
You must be 21 unless to rent with Budget. A $27-per-day surcharge will be applied and younger drivers are not permitted to rent luxury vehicles. See the official Budget Car Rental age policy.
5. Dollar Rent A Car
6. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
7. National Car Rental
You must be 21 to rent with National. And there’s a Young Renter Fee for drivers 21-24. Visit the National Car Rental website to see National’s age requirement policy.
8. Payless Car Rental
You must be 21 to rent with Payless and your selection of cars is limited. There is also a $25 per day surcharge. Learn more about Payless’ age requirements.
9. Sixt Rent a Car
Sixt requires U.S. drivers to be 21, but drivers in other countries only need to be 18. U.S. drivers under 25 will be charged a fee and have a limited selection of vehicles. Get 10% off by booking through this page. See the details on Sixt’s age restrictions.
10. Thrifty Car Rental
You must be 21 to rent with Thrifty. A daily surcharge will apply to younger drivers. See Thrify’s age requirement policy.
Can someone under 21 rent a car? If you’re under 21 and need to rent a car, your options are limited. Also, be prepared to pay a daily fee. If you’re a student, Zipcar is one of the best places to check first. But if you want to rent a car under 21, it is possible.
Need a hotel too? Here’s the List of Hotels That Allow 21-Year-Olds to Book