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.

Bonus: If you’re also looking for lodging, get $55 your first Airbnb by using our referral link. Minimum age to book is 18.

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.
  • Use our referral link to get $25 off 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).

Leave a Comment

73 comments

  • Except if you are military you can start renting at 18 years old. So if they sign up to die for their country they can rent a car.

    • Hi Shawna,

      You’re right on that. Active-duty members of the military can usually rent cars at 18. We’ve verified to make sure this important information is included in the article.

  • You should include a note to Hertz that anyone with an AAA Card/Membership can have the age surcharge dropped. My rental went down by almost half – $300!

    • Hi Brenda,

      This is such a great tip for readers! The AAA membership eliminates Hertz’s underage driver’s for drivers between 20-24, which is about $30 a day. This is a significant savings! We added this information to the article. Thank you!

  • Hey! I’m going to LA 8/1-8/12! I am 19 years old and I was wondering if I could book/rent any cars Beside LAX? Please respond thank yky

  • Hi,

    I’m 20 years old and would like to rent a car at LAX and return it to Vancouver 3 weeks later. Is there any company that would rent to me?

    • Sean,

      Unfortunately, due to the volume of comments that we receive, we’re not able to help with specific, individual requests. I recommend a Google search for some of the locations listed above to see if they’re at LAX and allow you to take the vehicle to Canada; I also recommend calling your location of choice to make sure that they are able to rent to you at your age. I hope this helps!

  • Hi,
    I am 19 and am trying to rent a car to drive from Syracuse NY to Philadelphia. The companies you mentioned that allow rentals under 21 (E-Z, Fox, Sixt) all do not have locations in Syracuse. But you did say at the top that if you are in New York State you can rent from ANY company as long as you’re 18… are you sure this is true?
    Thanks!

    • Becca,

      Yes, I’m sure it’s true, and I’ve added a link to the article so that others can verify this information for themselves as well. The New York State Office of the Attorney General shares this: “Car rental companies in New York are required to rent to licensed drivers who are 18 years of age or older. However, they may charge a surcharge for drivers who are under 25. The amount of the surcharge can vary substantially from one car rental company to another, so shop around.” I recommend calling ahead to find out how much of a surcharge you can expect, as well as what additional fees may apply for you to take the car out of state to PA. I hope this helps!

  • Hi I have some questions. I’m flying to Miami to spend my high school senior year spring break for four days. I’m 18 years old, and it has only been about six months since I got my license. I saw on EZrentalacar policies that they require a credit card and full coverage insurance for drivers at my age. I only have a debit card under my name, but my dad is willing to help me out with his debit card, does that work? or does the credit card has to be under my name? Also, how do I know if my insurance is “full coverage”? Do you think Ez rent a car will work foe me? Do you have any recommendations? Thanks a lot!!!

    • Patrick,

      Unfortunately, due to the volume of comments that we receive, we’re not able to help with specific, individual requests. I recommend contacting EZ Rental Car and asking them about their policies for using another person’s debit/credit card; you’ll also need to contact your insurance provider to find out if you’re carrying comprehensive insurance. I hope this helps!

    • Hi Darlene,

      E-Z Rent-a-Car has a location at the Orlando International Airport that will rent to drivers as young as 18 (with a credit card). Priceless Car Rental (an affiliate of Rent-A-Wreck) also has a location at the Orlando International Airport. Rent-A-Wreck generally has a minimum rental age of 18, but this particular location does not publish a minimum rental age, so it’s a good idea to double check whether your son would be able to rent from this location. (You can reach the Orlando Priceless Car Rental office at (888) 422-3782.) I hope this helps!

  • Thank you very much but they allow driving the car only in Nevada. But they want to drive also to California. So I guess the only chance is buying a cheap car and sell it at the end.

    Best regards

    Thomas

  • My son (18 years) is flying to Vegas with 3 mates (all 18). How can they rent a car for 4 weeks in july,

    Thanks

    Thomas

  • I’m flying to Texas in April and staying a week so I need a rental car but I’m only 19. I am however, a resident of New York state so does renting to people under 25 work just if you are renting in New York or will it work for me in Texas as well? Thank You!

    • Hi Julie,

      Unfortunately, the state laws of New York require car rental agencies to rent to drivers as young as 18; these laws don’t provide any privileges to New York residents outside of state lines. I’ve updated the article to clarify this point (thanks for the great question!).

      However, E-Z Rent-A-Car and Rent-A-Wreck both have locations in Texas, and many locations of these companies will rent to drivers as young as 18. You’ll need to get in touch with the specific location where you’ll be renting to verify the policy there, but hopefully one of these companies can provide you with the rental you need. I hope this helps!

  • Really helpful post making some sense amid the confusion! Becoming a nightmare trying to jump through hoops on a budget. Trying to rent for me (20) and friend (21). Planning on having the 21 yo as the primary renter and adding me on as an additional driver. Wondering about credit card payments though. A lot of them allow 21+ to pay with debit but not 18-20, do you think we will be able to pay the additional fee+underage surcharge to add me on with a debit card or will they need a credit card (which I don’t have!) against my name?

    • Hi Jack,

      I’m happy to hear that the article has been helpful so far! As far as the debit card conundrum, it’s very tricky to find a company that allows additional drivers under 21 to rent with a debit card. Hertz may be an option; the company allows additional drivers to be as young as 20 and will accept a debit card from young drivers, at least at certain locations. You’ll need to contact the branch where you’ll be renting to verify that this is the case at that particular service center, as policies do vary. Otherwise, you may need to let your friend do the driving on this trip — this is the only company I could find that might fit the bill. Best of luck!