What do you need to Rent a Car in the UK?

Car Rental in the UK: The Requirements

If you’re looking to rent a car in the UK there are some basic requirements you must adhere to:

  • – All car drivers must hold a full valid UK driving licence.

  • – If the driving licence is an international licence, you will also require an international permit. You should check with the local authorities to make sure the permit is correct for hiring a vehicle to avoid any penalties. 

  • – Most car rentals won’t allow you to hire a car unless you are over 23 years old and have had a driving licence for a minimum of 2 years. Be sure to check with the company you’re hiring from before travelling there as you may not be able to hire a vehicle.

  • – The general rule of thumb is that you need to have held your licence for over 24 months for most car rental places. This is because statistically, younger drivers will be more prone to accidents.

What Penalties Will You Face for Illegally Hiring?

The UK is very strict on driving laws. Not meeting the criteria for hiring a vehicle is illegal and you can expect to face penalty charges. 

Should a company notify the authorities that you are driving a hire car illegally, you can expect to face fines. Driving a hire vehicle means you should follow the law exactly as if it was your own vehicle. You are liable for all fines whilst the vehicle is in your possession and all speeding tickets, parking fines and traffic contraventions will be transferred into your name and you will most likely be issued with an admin fee. 

Should you drive without a full licence, you can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points on your provisional licence. The amount an insurance company will quote you when you pass may deter you from driving altogether too.

If you took out the vehicle hire contract and let someone else drive, this could see you being banned from hiring from the car rental company. There is also the risk that the insurer may not accept a claim if an accident should occur. Always check your paperwork with the car rental company and stick to what is agreed.

Eurodrive’s Eligibility Criteria

At Eurodrive, all drivers must be over 23 with 2 years of driving experience. When it comes to more powerful vehicles, (anything over 1400cc) you will need to be over  25 and hold your licence for 2 years or more. 

Alongside your driver’s licence and DVLA check code, we will also require a form of secondary ID. This needs to be valid paperwork that was issued within the last 3 months old. This can ID  be in the form of a bank statement or utility bill.

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