Need to Rent a Car Under 21? The List of Places That Will Rent to You

Short Answer: The list of car rental companies that will rent to drivers under 21 includes Dollar Rent a Car, Fox Rent A Car, Getaround, Hertz, U-Save Car and Truck Rental, and Zipcar. Be prepared to pay a daily underage driver surcharge and, in some cases, vehicle selection may be limited. See below for the list of places that will rent to drivers age 21 or younger, including exceptions and additional fees.

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. Note that states with a lower rental age may also result in higher underage driver fees at certain rental companies. Apart from states with special regulations, we also have an article featuring rental car companies that rent to 18-year-olds.
  • 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 Best Place to Rent a Car If You’re Under 21

Some rental car companies don’t charge an under-25 fee, but most do. This surcharge is usually around $25-$35 per day. If you’re under 21, the fee tends to be on the higher side. Additionally, most rental companies bar young drivers from renting higher-end cars.

If you’re under 21 and looking for the cheapest option, ridesharing service Getaround does not charge any underage driver fees — but availability is limited to certain areas of the U.S. If Getaround doesn’t service your area, Hertz currently offers a good option for renters at least 20 years old. At many Hertz locations, the young renter fee is around $35 per day, which is comparable to some other options on this list. However, that fee is waived completely if you’re a AAA member. If you rent vehicles frequently, your cheapest option may be Zipcar. Zipcar requires a $7 monthly membership, but it has no additional underage fees. Students also get a discount.

Places to Rent a Car If You’re Under 21

Age requirements will likely get less strict over time. Within the last 10 years, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and Thrifty have all lowered their minimum age requirements. We checked each company’s website and then contacted each company’s corporate office to verify this information is accurate and up to date.

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Dollar Rent A Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 20
  • Exceptions: Drivers under 25 may not rent certain specialty vehicle classes, such as the StyleSeries
  • Additional fees: A Young Renter Fee applies to drivers under 25; exact fees vary by location
  • Reserve a car at Dollar Rent A Car

Fox Rent A Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 19
  • Exceptions: Drivers under 25 cannot rent higher-end vehicles
  • Additional fees: Drivers under 25 are subject to a surcharge of $20 to $26 per day, while drivers under 21 are subject to a surcharge of $25 to $35 per day. Exact fees vary depending on the location.
  • Reserve a car at Fox Rent A Car

Getaround

  • Minimum age to rent: 19
  • Exceptions: Drivers under 21 must have a clean driving record for the last three years. You must be 25 or older to rent a “Specialty” vehicle.
  • Additional fees: No
  • Note: Getaround currently operates in Atlanta, Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
  • Reserve a car with Getaround

Hertz

  • Minimum age to rent: 20
  • Exceptions: Drivers under 25 cannot rent from the Prestige or Adrenaline Collections
  • Additional fees: There is a Young Renter Fee of around $35 per day, though this will vary by location. If you’re a AAA member, Hertz will waive the underage driver fee. For other places where you can get a AAA rental discount, see our article.
  • Reserve a car at Hertz

If you’re wondering about Hertz’s credit check policy, our article explains the details.

Thrifty Car Rental

  • Minimum age to rent: 20
  • Exceptions: May vary by location
  • Additional fees: Fees apply to renters under 25 and vary by location
  • Reserve a car at Thrifty Car Rental

Zipcar

  • Minimum age to rent: 18 if you’re a student; 21 for non-students
  • Exceptions: Zipcar requires membership to use. To rent, you’ll need to first apply for membership, wait for verification, and then receive a Zipcard in the mail.
  • Additional fees: Membership plans cost around $7 per month; teachers and students get a discount
  • Reserve a car with Zipcar

We cover the details of Zipcar’s eligibility restrictions in our article.

Places to Rent a Car If You’re 21

ACE Rent a Car

  • Minimum age to rent: Select locations rent to drivers under 25. You will need to call your local ACE Rent a Car and ask about its individual policy. Note there are only around 350 ACE Rent a Car locations nationwide.
  • Exceptions: May vary by location
  • Additional fees: Yes; vary by location
  • Reserve a car at ACE Rent a Car

Advantage Rent A Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: May vary by location
  • Additional fees: Drivers under 25 will be charged a fee of around $25 per day; exact fees may vary by location
  • Reserve a car at Advantage Rent A Car

See our article to find out if you can get a military discount at Advantage.

Alamo Rent A Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers under 25 may not rent specialty, high-end, or larger vehicles
  • Additional fees: Rates may be higher for drivers under 25 and a surcharge may apply
  • Reserve a car at Alamo Rent A Car

For an explanation of the Alamo rental hold and credit card deposit, see our article.

Avis

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers 21-24 may not rent full-size SUVs, luxury vehicles, minivans, passenger vans, premium SUVs, or Signature Series vehicles
  • Additional fees: Drivers 21-24 must pay a surcharge of around $27 per day
  • Reserve a car at Avis

Budget Car Rental

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers 21-24 may not rent luxury cars, minivans, 12-passenger vans, specialty vehicles, full-size SUVs, or premium SUVs
  • Additional fees: A surcharge of around $27 per day will be applied to drivers 21-24
  • Reserve a car at Budget Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers 21-24 may be restricted from renting specialty vehicle classes
  • Additional fees: The Young Renter Fee is about $20 per day, but may vary by location
  • Reserve a car at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

E-Z Rent-A-Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: May vary by location
  • Additional fees: Fees apply to renters under 25 and vary by location
  • Reserve a car at E-Z Rent-A-Car

National Car Rental

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers 21-24 may be restricted from renting specialty vehicle classes
  • Additional fees: The Young Renter Fee is about $20-$25 per day, but may vary by location
  • Reserve a car at National Car Rental

Payless Rent a Car

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers 21-24 may only rent economy, compact, intermediate, standard, full-sized cars and minivans
  • Additional fees: An additional surcharge of around $25 per day for drivers 21-24
  • Reserve a car at Payless Rent a Car

Rent-A-Wreck

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers under age 24 can only rent economy through full-size vehicles, intermediate SUVs, minivans, work pick-up trucks, cargo vans, and cargo trucks
  • Additional fees: Yes; vary by location
  • Reserve a car at Rent-A-Wreck

Sixt

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: May vary by location
  • Additional fees: Fees apply to renters under 25 and vary by location
  • Reserve a car at Sixt

Turo

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: Drivers under 25 may not rent certain high-end or specialty vehicles
  • Additional fees: The Young Driver Fee is either 30% of the trip price or up to $15 per day, whichever is greater, for those under 25.
  • Reserve a car with Turo

We also compare Turo vs Getaround in our article.

U-Save Car and Truck Rental

  • Minimum age to rent: 21
  • Exceptions: May vary by location
  • Additional fees: Fees vary by location. Drivers 21-24 can expect to pay between $15 and $50 per day. In Michigan and New York State, where the minimum rental age is younger, fees for drivers age 18-20 can reach as high as $150 per day.
  • Reserve a car at U-Save Car and Truck Rental

In Summary

If you’re 21 or younger 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? See our article, Do You Have to Be 21 to Rent a Hotel? Not at These Hotels (Hilton? etc).

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