No, you cannot rent a car without a license. Anyone with a suspended license cannot legally drive, and Budget requires that all renters have a valid, active license. Those with expired and revoked licenses are also not able to rent cars.
Essential ID for Budget Car Rental Pickup
When you are ready to pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll need to have your valid driver’s license on hand.
To rent a car in the U.S. with a Canadian license, you’ll also need to present a valid passport in your name. Canadian renters in the U.S. can also present an Enhanced Driver’s License instead of a Canadian license and a passport.
If you don’t live in the U.S. or Canada, you’ll need to have a valid license in your name from your country of residence in addition to a passport. Your driver’s license needs to be written in the Roman alphabet. If not, you should have an International Driving Permit as well. Finally, we’ll also need proof that you’re returning to your resident country upon returning your rental.
Can I Rent a Car with a Temporary License?
Yes, Budget allows renters to pick up a rental car with a temporary license. You must meet our other requirements for renting, and you may need to share another form of photo ID (such as a passport).
Will Budget Check My Driving Record?
Corporate-owned Budget locations can verify the driving records of primary renters and additional drivers. If they do so, they will reach out to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that issued the license. We reserve the right to deny rental if any of the following are found:
Invalid, suspended, expired, or revoked license
One or more convictions for reckless driving within 48 months
One DUI, DWI or DWAI conviction within 48 months
Failure to report an accident/leaving the scene of accident within 36 months
Possession of a stolen vehicle or use of a vehicle in a crime
Three or more convictions for moving violations within 24 months (excluding seatbelt violations)
Two or more accidents within 36 months
Other activities that suggest an unsatisfactory driving record
Trying to rent a car with an expired license just isn’t the way to go. At Budget, we are very careful about everything, from making sure we don’t rent a car to someone without a license to make sure their driving history is sound. Eligible renters can start their reservations online 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.