The situation for young drivers isn't as restrictive as it was even a few years ago when most major car rental companies didn't allow anyone under 25 to rent. These days drivers age 21 to 24 are permitted to rent at most locations operated by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty subject to additional fees, requirements and restrictions.
In most cases these drivers are required to pay a daily surcharge that can vary by company and location. Additionally, restrictions generally apply to the categories of cars that young drivers are permitted to rent. Typically high passenger vehicles and luxury cars are off limits, however, some companies and locations will allow these vehicles to be rented for an additional fee.
Drivers ages 18 to 21 are generally unable to rent from most companies and locations. In the United States, New York and Michigan state laws require agencies to rent to drivers ages 18 and older. However, hefty fees and restrictions apply. There are other countries and companies that allow younger drivers but again there are usually additional costs and restrictions involved.
Exception to the over 21 rule may apply under certain circumstances. For example, U.S. Government or military personnel under 21 are allowed to rent in certain locations and under certain circumstances. Members of the military and government employees aged 18 and above who are traveling on official business can rent from some agencies in certain locations at special government/military rates, rules and restrictions apply.
To ensure you find the best rate and rental conditions be sure to compare the car rental companies at your rental destination. Pay close attention to any additional fees, surcharges and restrictions associated with drivers under 25 and remember that if the young driver is also an additional driver to the primary renter, both additional driver AND young driver fees will apply in most cases.
The rules and charges vary from one country and company to another. Use the Compare tools available on Carmozzy to compare different companies side by side to see what charges and conditions are most suitable for your circumstances.
We work very hard at Carmozzy to keep the information that we provide current and accurate however, always remember that rates and conditions can change at any time without notice so it is imperative that you read and understand completely the terms that apply to your rental before completing your booking.