Driver age requirements in car rental

Driver age requirements

Driver age requirements specify the age range in which vehicles are rented without any extra fees. These requirements are set by the supplier for the renter and additional drivers. Age requirements may differ by rental country and by car type. Outside the specified driver age range, suppliers may prohibit rental or change special fees for it (e.g., young and senior driver fees). 

For example, an 18-year-old driver might rent a car from one supplier’s rental desk in Italy, but not from the same supplier’s desk in Sweden. Luxury and special vehicles (e.g., sports cars) are usually rented to drivers from the age of 21 or 25. Mostly, suppliers do not rent vehicles to drivers under the age of 18. Also, they might charge a young driver fee to drivers in the age range of 18-25.

In addition to young drivers, age requirements may specify the maximum age for rental. For renters older than the specified age, a senior driver fee might apply or they might not be allowed to rent at all. Maximum age requirements are less common and they usually affect drivers who are 70 or older.