If I am a new driving licence holder can I rent a car?
There is no short answer to this as it is very much dependent on where you are looking to hire your vehicle. We currently have no one in the UK who will hire to a driver who has held their licence for less than two years and who is younger than 21.
In Europe it is slightly different, particularly in Spain and Portugal there are car hire companies who will hire to people who have had their licence for a year. As with the above, you will also need to comply with age restrictions. Some companies do also have an additional daily surcharge for new drivers.
Worldwide, it is unlikely that car hire companies will hire to drivers who have had their licence for less than two years.
On the whole, if you have held your full driving licence for less than a year then you are unable to hire anywhere, this is simply due to the car hire companies insurance being wary of inexperienced drivers.
We would always encourage new drivers to get in touch if you have any queries as our team will be able to advise if you can hire and if so, which documents you will need. If you pop your age in when running a quote this will also give you an idea as to which cars are on offer.
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