How to Rent a Car at Age 19

By Hazel Baker ; Updated March 16, 2017
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People find themselves in need of a rental car for various reasons. These can range from vacation rentals to the need for an alternate form of transportation in the event that your primary vehicle breaks down. When drivers younger than 25 attempt to rent a car, however, they will likely encounter some obstacles. Luckily, there are ways for 19-year-olds and others under the age of 25 to rent a car.

Know your state. In New York and Michigan, drivers 18 and older can rent cars without incurring extra restrictions or fees. In other states, the age ranges from 21-25 for renting with no extra fees or restrictions, but younger drivers are sometimes permitted to rent cars by paying extra fees and rental deposits.

Rent locally. If you are trying to rent a car at age 19 in a state with strict rental car laws, you will probably have more difficulty renting from larger rental companies, such as Avis, Budget and Hertz. Instead, try renting from a locally-based rental car company. Its restrictions regarding younger drivers may be less stringent, especially in states where the law allows rental companies to set age policies at their discretion.

Show your military ID. If you are required to rent a car for military or government employee traveling purposes, you should be able to rent from most companies without a problem, and you may be able to secure a special military or government rate.

About the Author

Hazel Baker has been writing professionally since 2003. She covers e-commerce, technology and legal topics for various online publications. Baker has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in history from Point Loma Nazarene University.