In this section you will find all the necessary information to know how to access to the car rental services. Many people think that renting a car is something anyone can do at any time and that is absolutely untrue. The requirements to rent a car are pretty rigid and the legislation that protects it can be very hard in certain occasions. That is why you should be warned and informed: in that way you can avoid any inconvenient. Nonetheless, every agency has its own internal rules and it is always a good idea to know what you can and cannot do with them.
The first requirement to rent a car is that you should be 25 years old and have a driver’s license for over two years. This is the basic rule in every agency, but there are exceptions. In some cases, the company’s policy directly allows over 21-year-old people to rent a car and with a two-year driver’s license. Other companies accept 18-year-old people, but only if they are employees of the companies they have commercial agreements with and if these employees are representing them. Also those who are 18 and work for the government or the Army, and they are on an official trip. These conditions regarding age are applied equally to any additional driver you want to designate. Due to an agreement, none agency rents a car to a person over 71.
If you wish to designate additional drivers, you should submit your driver’s license. All the requirements that you have to fulfill are applied equally to all the additional drivers. For every person you want to add to the list of possible drivers, the company will charge you extra. It is true that no one wants to pay for something they are not going to use, but do not do it just to save a few dollars when talking about additional drivers. If you think that another person can drive the car at any given moment, it would be better for you to pay for adding them to the list for two reasons: the first one is that you will not want to do the paperwork all over again in the middle of the trip; and in the second place, and more important, if someone else drives the car without the company’s authorization, you will lose the insurance cover and the person driving can be arrested.
An essential requirement to be able to rent a car is having a good driver’s record. The accumulation of traffic fines (and even worse if the are unpaid), reports and any other bad driving performance will be stated on our driver’s file. If this file shows you are an irresponsible driver, the agency can refuse to rent you a car. Law allows agencies to carry out all the necessary investigations and ask you all the necessary data to corroborate your driving skill. Do not think that only by mentioning your fines, you will get out of this penalty: agencies will conduct the appropriate investigations allowed by law and the reservation will not count if it is proved that your driving skill is improper and careless.
If you want to rent a car within the United States, you will only need your driver’s license. However, if you want to rent a car outside our country, you will need an international driver’s license. You can get this license with a simple paperwork, but it is absolutely necessary to get it. When renting a car abroad, it will be harder for you than for our citizens, since you will be charged extra to be able to drive the roads being a foreign.
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