Age Requirements to Rent a Car | Budget Rent a Car

 

Age Requirements to Rent a Car

How old do you have to be to rent a car?

For a limited time, at participating U.S. Budget locations, you can rent a car between the ages of 18 and 24 if you are willing to pay underage surcharge fees and meet minimum requirements

 

Can You Rent a Car at 18?

For a limited time in most U.S. Budget locations that are corporate-operated, you can rent a car between the ages of 18 and 24 for an underage surcharge and if you meet the following requirements:

  • You need to show an an accepted credit card (not a debit card) and a valid driver’s license as well as an official student ID.

  • You will pay an additional per day surcharge. 

  • If you are under 25 and choose to prepay for your rental, you will need to pay the underage surcharges when you return the rental car.

  • If you want to add another driver to the rental agreement, that person must be 25 years or older and have a valid driver’s license and credit card.

Renters younger than 25 are permitted to rent Economy through Full Size cars, Minivans, Small Pick-Up Trucks and Intermediate SUVs.

Additional restrictions may apply at specific rental locations. 

 

Offer valid at select locations in U.S. only for rentals reserved in advance. Rental must begin on or after 09/01/20 and end on or before 10/31/2020.  Offer applies to Economy through Full Size cars, Minivans, Small Pick-Up Trucks and Intermediate SUVs. For more information, including an estimate of your total rental cost, visit our Internet website at www.budget.com.  Additional mandatory charges may be imposed, including, but not limited to a customer facility charge, airport concession fee, tourism commission assessment, vehicle license recovery fee, facility recovery fees, or other government-imposed taxes or fees. Budget reserves the right to terminate the offer or change the terms at any time.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or special rate and cannot be applied to a previous or existing reservation or rental.  Offer is subject to vehicle availability at the time of booking.  Renter and additional driver(s) must meet driver and credit requirements, except for the minimum age per this offer.  Offer available to College Students 18-24 years of age and an Official Student ID must be presented at the time of rental.  Please check your auto insurance policy and/or credit card agreement for rental vehicle coverage. Offer not valid in Maryland, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Insurance Replacement Rental

The car rental age limit does not apply to renters 18 and older if they’re getting a replacement vehicle through one of the following insurance providers: 

  • All-State

  • American Family

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • CCRG Claims

  • Progressive

  • State Farm

  • Travelers

 

Corporate Account Renters

At corporate-operated locations, drivers and additional drivers who are employees of the same company, on company business, and renting with their employer's BCD corporate rates must be at least 21 years of age.

Select corporate customers and insurance/service replacement rental customers may be exempt from the underage fee. Check with your account representative to see if your company account is eligible.

 

Are There Age Minimums for Military Renters?

Corporate-operated Budget Rent a Car locations are proud to work with government employees and members of the military, and we provide exclusive benefits to these individuals, including those listed below.

  • U.S. government personnel who have a government purchase order or travel order can rent a car at age 18 without paying an underage surcharge.

  • U.S. government personnel who do NOT have a government purchase order or travel order can rent a car at age 21 (except in New York and Michigan, where the minimum age to rent a car is 18) without paying an underage surcharge.

  • U.S. government personnel traveling for leisure or personal reasons will still need to pay the underage surcharge, but they may qualify for a special military rental rate.

U.S. government personnel includes both military and civilian employees.

 

Renters with a Disability

At corporate-operated locations, there is no underage surcharge for renters with a disability when either the renter with the disability or the authorized driver is over the age of 25.  If both the renter with a disability and the authorized driver are under the age of 25, an underage surcharge will apply.

 

Inbound Tour Renters

Inbound tour customers are permitted to rent from Budget corporate-operated locations at the minimum age of 19. Inbound tour customers are defined as those not residing in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or Canada who are renting on an inbound tour rate.

The minimum rental age for tour customers residing in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or Canada is 21. An underage surcharge may apply for renters under 25.

 

Licensee-Owned and Non-U.S. Location Rentals

U.S. Budget licensee-owned location age rules vary. However, most licensee locations apply a small surcharge to renters under 25. Rules at locations outside of the U.S may also vary. 

 

Checking the Terms and Conditions for Your Rental Location

The terms and conditions of a rental agreement can vary between locations. Because of this, it is always a good idea to verify the details of your rental policy before picking up your rental car. You can also check the information in advance on our website by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Find the page of the location you are renting from on Budget.com.

  2. Once you are on that page, scroll down to the “Terms & Conditions” section.

  3. Click on “Age Requirements” for details.

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