Most car rental companies require drivers to be 25-year-old or older to rent a car. Some rental locations allow 21- to 24-year-olds with valid driver’s licenses to rent cars but charge them more. In almost all cases, drivers must be at least 21. In several states, the minimum age is 18, but companies that rent to drivers this young require additional deposits. Regardless of age, renters must provide proof of insurance and usually must make a credit card deposit at pick-up or drop-off to cover potential damage to the rental car. Insurance for the car rental locations for young drivers is much higher, which is why they charge the young renter fees or additional fees depending on years of age.

So, before you head of on your next road trip, check out these rental car companies and what their minimum rental age and rental fees are so you can find a cheap car rental and the best car regardless of driver age. Sometimes the size of the car matters too – so they might put you in SUVs, but not allow young renters to rent passenger vans. Whether they put you in a full-size minivan a sporty Toyota, a Nissan or a Chevrolet, make sure you’re making thrifty choices and asking all the FAQs.

Car Rental Agencies


In New York, 18-year-old drivers can rent cars from Avis but must pay an additional $52 per day. Drivers must also have a credit card on file with Avis.


Budget rents cars to drivers 18 and over in New York and Michigan. In New York, the surcharge is $52 per day; in Michigan, the surcharge is $41 per day. Car rental age rules depend on location.


In New York, the underage fee or surcharge for 18-year-old drivers is $60 per day; in Michigan, it is $28 per day.


At certain locations in New York and Michigan, Alamo rents to drivers who are at least 18. In New York there is a $52-per-day surcharge. In Michigan, the young driver surcharge is $41 per day.


Rent-A-Wreck rents to drivers who are 18, but this minimum age requirement is set by location; check specific Rent-A-Wreck locations for details and young driver fees for underage drivers.