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How Do Old You Need to Be to Rent a Car?

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At age 18, you are be old enough to vote, serve on a jury and get married. But in the vast majority of American states, you are not old enough to rent a car.

You have to be 21 years old to rent a car from eight of 12 major rental car companies. Several will rent to drivers age 19 or 20, and one goes as low as 18 years old.

Only two of 50 states—Michigan and New York—mandate rental car companies to rent a car to 18 year olds with valid driver’s licenses.

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It’s one thing for a young driver to be allowed to rent a car and quite another thing for a young driver to get a good deal. If you’re under age 25, expect to be charged a young renter fee to the tune of $20 to $28 per day—which is sometimes more than the daily rental rate.

Here’s how old you need to be to rent a car from major rental companies:

Alamo

Avis

Budget

Dollar

Enterprise

Fox

Hertz

Kyte

Gen Z drivers in major metro areas should also take a look at Kyte, the first rental company to offer door-to-door delivery service on both ends of your trip.

While you need to be 25 years old to rent with Kyte in most areas, there are exceptions.

Kyte has also introduced Kyte for University for drivers under 25 renters in California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Washington D.C., which waives the underage fee for college students with an .edu email address. 

National

Payless

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Sixt

Thrifty

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