What Is Required to Rent a Car?

While renting a car is not a difficult task, there are requirements needed to rent a car at any location. These requirements may vary slightly depending on the location, but the general guidelines for the major companies are the same.

Most rental agencies require customers to be over 21 to rent a car. Some, like Budget and Hertz, require you to be 25 to avoid a surcharge for being underage.


You must have a valid driver's license. You also need at least one other form of valid identification, usually a major credit card. If you use a debit card, you may be required to show a third form of ID such as a cell phone bill, airline ticket, bank statement or vehicle insurance card.


As indicated, you will need either a credit card or debit card for payment. Some companies (Budget or Hertz) will run a credit check before renting you a car. Depending on your credit, you may also need a deposit in cash.


Individual states have different specific requirements for renting a car. Each office can provide this, and car rental sites will also have this information.


The person renting the car must be the person who picks up the car. A picture ID and the reservation is needed for proof.

Jack S. Waverly is a New York-based freelance writer who writes articles relating to business, personal finance, gardening, sustainable living and business management. Waverly is published on Pluck, Happy News and many other websites.

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