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Additional Driver Fee

woman driving a car with partner

Having to share the driving seat with someone can make a long trip more pleasant. Why? Because you both get an opportunity to rest alternately thus avoiding road accidents. You also get to enjoy driving more when you are well rested. Whether you are planning to share the driving with your friend or partner, it is important to know some basic details when renting a car.

Do you know that there may be a fee for additional drivers?

It is essential to declare any additional driver when you pick up your rental car. The car hire companies do not add these details to the reservation that's why some people are often surprised if they get charged an additional driver fee.

Additional drivers need to present their driver's licence to the rental staff to be recorded on the rental agreement. The charge details and requirements can be seen in the Terms and Conditions of rental under "not included in this quote." Not all suppliers charge for additional drivers so make sure you compare as it may be more cost effective to choose one supplier over another.

Who is considered an additional driver?

The renter's immediate family who reside with him/her, the renter's employer, employees, fellow employees or partners are classified as "Authorised Drivers" therefore they are not required to sign an "Additional Driver" form. However, they need to present a valid driver's licence upon pick up of the car rental.

Check out the table below for a list of additional driver fee per car hire company:

SUPPLIER

AVIS

BUDGET

EUROPCAR

HERTZ

REDSPOT

THRIFTY

ADDITIONAL DRIVER FEE

No charge

No charge

$5.75 per day per driver (max  $27.50 per driver)

$0 spouse at the same address $5.50 per day per driver (max $27.50 per driver)

$3.85 per driver per day (max $23.10 per driver)

$5.50 per day per driver (max $27.50 per driver)

Requirements for drivers

Driver's Licence: Drivers must have a full licence held for more than 12 months for them to be eligible in hiring a car in Australia via VroomVroomVroom. P Plater including restricted and learners licence are not acknowledged.  

Age Surcharge: Drivers age 21 to 25 years old will have to pay an additional fee. You can find the rates in the Terms and Conditions of each supplier so make sure to check that out when booking a car hire.

For more information, you can check out our FAQ page for a list of commonly asked questions. You can also get in touch with our knowledgeable and friendly Customer CareTeam.

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