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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.
In New York, the additional driver fee is $3 per day.
In Nevada, the additional driver fee is $10 per day, and the $65 limit per rental also applies.
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 Budget.com, scroll down to Terms & Conditions, and click on “Additional Driver Policy.” Take a look at our policies and make a reservation today!
Providing your age allows us to give you a more accurate rental estimates. Restrictions and additional surcharges may apply for underage driver's. Please review rental terms and conditions or call us at 800-472-3325 for details. Note: When using your Customer ID this information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Required to present credentials to confirm your country of residence when picking rental. If the credentials are of a different country, the reservation will still be honored but the confirmed rate may change. To modify, please cancel and create a new reservation. Note: When using your Customer ID this information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Select to provide Customer ID (called as RapidRez with Fastbreak Service number, Basic RapidRez number or an Online ID). Providing it will apply non-secure customer account preferences (like car preference etc.). Note: Some of profile information may not be changed. If required, please call at 800-314-3932.
Select to add a BCD (a 7-character code with one letter followed by six numbers) or Coupon code (a 7-character code with four letters followed by three numbers) to the reservation.
We are sorry, Avis Preferred Points cannot be combined with additional offers and discounts. Only one offer can be applied per reservation. If you wish to use your Preferred Points for this reservation, please remove coupon code.