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November 28, 2023

Car Rentals and Driver's Licenses: What You Need to Know

When you're ready to rent a car, having a driver's license is a must. Seems obvious, right? However, there are some important things to keep in mind. Let's dive into the details.

Car Rentals and Driver's Licenses: What You Need to Know

Driver's License Requirements

The amount of time you need to have held a driver's license to rent a car can vary depending on several factors. This includes where you're renting, the local car rental supplier, and sometimes even the type of car you want to rent. Some countries have specific requirements, while others may not. To get the full scoop on your options, take a look at the rental conditions. If it still seems unclear, don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance.

International Driver's License for Rentals Abroad

In some countries outside the European Union, the driving licenses issued in EU member states may not be recognized as valid documents. In such cases, you'll need an international driver's license (IDP) in addition to your regular driver's license. The IDP is essentially a translation of your driver's license, available in languages like English, Chinese, Arabic, Greek, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. If your rental requires an IDP, remember that it's an extra document you must carry alongside your original driver's license.

The same applies to travelers from outside the European Union. Often, you'll need an international driving permit, especially if your license isn't in the Latin alphabet.

Applying for an International Driver's License

Obtaining an international driver's license is a simple process for those wishing to drive abroad. Typically, you must be 18 years old and hold a valid national driver's license. Contact the local issuing authority, provide photos, complete an application, and pay the fee. The international license, normally valid for one year, serves as a translation of your national license and allows you to drive in most foreign countries without further testing. Always check the specific regulations of the country you plan to visit for any additional requirements.

What If You Forget or Your License Expires?

Picture this: You arrive at your destination, only to realize you forgot your driver's license or that your driver’s license has expired. First and foremost, always remember to carry your driver's license to avoid any unnecessary stress during your vacation or important business trip. If you've left it at home or your license is no longer valid, give one of our service agents a call. We'll do our best to make a reservation in your travel companion's name, as long as they have a driver's license and a credit card. Please note that this may not always be possible right before the rental starts.

Remember, preparation is key when it comes to renting a car and ensuring a smooth journey. Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions!

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