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How Old do you Have to Be to Rent a Car? Here’s What we Found Out

If you are young or have a young relative who is looking to rent a car then this guide will be extremely helpful to you. Across the United States, the minimum age to be able to rent a car is 21 years old.

This does come with a catch though as those who are between 21 and 24 will have to pay a ‘young renter fee‘ which varies across states. If you are 25 or above then there are no fees involved. If you are less than 25 but can have a 25-year-old as your passenger then also you are exempt from this fee.

 

If you are a government employee on an official order then you can rent a car without paying any fees even if you are just 18 years old or more. It goes without saying that you need the proper paperwork to prove the official purpose.

New York Rental Car Age

New York has slightly different rules. You can rent a car if you are 18 or more. However, those who are between 18 and 20 years of age will incur a charge of $57 per day as young renter’s fee. If you are between 21 and 24 years of age, the charges drop to $20 per day and beyond 25 there is no charge.

New York: 18 years with young renter’s fee applied in two slabs. 18-20 is $57/day while 21-24 is $20/day and beyond 25 there is no charge.

Michigan Rental Car Age

Michigan too has similar rules except the charges vary. For those who are between 18 and 20, the charge is $34 per day and for those who are between 21 and 24, the charge is $13 per day

Michigan: 8 years with young renter’s fee applied in two slabs. 18-20 is $34/day while 21-24 is $13/day and beyond 25 there is no charge.

A government employee on official business: 18 years with appropriate paperwork to prove official business

Florida Rental Car Age

Age: 20

20-25 years and different rates and fees apply for young renters

California Rental Car Age

Age: 21

21-25 years and different rates and fees apply for young renters

Texas Rental Car Age

Age: 21

21-25 years and different rates and fees apply for young renters.

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Collin Whittaker

My name is Collin and I am the editor and founder of My Used Car Blog. A little bit about my background – I’ve been an automotive technician for 10 plus years and I have worked for companies like Honda, Nissan, and other major automotive repair shops. I am a husband and a dad to three beautiful kids. My reason for starting this blog/website stems from my love and passion for the automotive industry. I will provide expert and insightful information from my years of experience.

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