Renting a Car for Someone Else - Add’l Driver FAQs丨Budget Car Rental



Additional Driver Policy

Can I rent a car for someone else?

No, renting a car for someone else isn’t an option, but some people are automatically authorized to drive a car you rented at no additional cost. These people include your spouse or partner or your employer or employee if you rent through a company account. If you’re traveling with a group, the primary renter can add other qualified drivers who are 25 or older. A fee applies to some additional drivers.

Who Can Drive My Rental Car?

If your additional drivers meet any of the following requirements, then they are pre-authorized to be an additional driver for a rental car.

  • They are the renter’s fellow employee or employer AND the car is being rented under a business account.

  • They are the renter’s spouse or domestic partner.

  • They are the companion driver for a renter with a disability who has filled out the non-licensed renter form.

No fee applies to additional drivers in the categories above, and they don’t have to fill out extra paperwork to drive the rental car. 

If the person you’d like to add as an additional driver is not pre-authorized, you can still add them as an authorized driver. 


How to Add Other Authorized Drivers

You’ll add the additional authorized driver when you pick up your rental vehicle. Your additional driver will need to present a valid license at the rental counter, proving that they are 25 years or older. 

In addition to these requirements, the additional driver will need to have a clean driving record. You can add up to two extra drivers to a reservation. 


Fees for Additional Drivers

In most U.S. states, the fee for additional drivers is $13 per day per driver. The maximum charge for each additional driver is $65 per rental. 

In California, there are no additional driver fees for a parent, sibling or child of the renter.  

In New York, the additional driver fee is $3 per day. 

In Nevada, the additional driver fee varies from $11 per day to $13.75 per day for each additional driver.

Pre-authorized drivers listed above are exempt from these fees.


Can I Pay for Someone Else to Rent a Car?

No, you cannot pay for a rental car for someone else. The primary renter must present a credit or debit card with their name on it to pick up the vehicle, so you can’t pay for someone else to rent a car. 

Similarly, if you book online, the credit card or debit card provided needs to have the name of the primary renter on it. 


What Are the Additional Driver Policies at My Rental Location?

The best way to answer this question is to check the additional driver policies at your pickup location beforehand. Find your location’s page on, scroll down to Terms & Conditions, and click on “Additional Driver Policy.” Take a look at our policies and make a reservation today!

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