Zipcar: Learner’s Permit Only? Zipcar Restrictions Explained

If you have a learner’s permit, you’ll need to wait until you become a fully licensed driver to use Zipcar. Zipcar members are required to have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. We have all of the details of Zipcar’s member requirements below.

Can I Use Zipcar with a Learner’s Permit?

No, Zipcar doesn’t let you start car-sharing with only a learner’s permit, according to Zipcar’s Eligibility Requirements. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required to join Zipcar. Foreign drivers will need to submit color copies of both a valid international driver’s license and a second form of ID, such as a passport.

In most cases, Zipcar drivers must be at least 21 years old. If you’re a college student, you can use Zipcar starting at age 18. Extra restrictions apply to Michigan residents under 21; you can’t have any previous alcohol, drug-related, or other major driving violations (e.g., excessive speed, operating with a suspended license, or reckless driving).

Zipcar is a car-sharing network offering 24/7 on-demand booking. Members can book cars by the hour or for the entire day. Zipcar memberships start at $7 a month. Hourly rates and booking fees will vary by vehicle, but gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance are included. The company has car-sharing vehicles in more than 500 cities around the world and over 600 college campuses. To join Zipcar, you can apply online. Once your application is approved, you’ll be sent a Zipcard, which is used to lock and unlock the car. Activate your Zipcard to begin booking online or through the free iPhone or Android app.

If there’s a chance you’ll return the car early, read our article, What Happens If You Return Zipcar Early? Answered.

In Summary

Zipcar + learner’s permit = does not work. To become a Zipcar member, you need a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. International drivers will also need a second form of ID, such as a passport. If you have your learner’s permit, you’ll have to wait to take part in this car-sharing service. For more information on car rental policies, see our article: Rent a Car Without a License? A Temporary License? A Permit? Revealed.

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