Hoping to share the driving on your next road trip? It’s possible to add additional drivers to your rental car booking, but there are a few things to keep in mind when doing so.
Additional drivers will need to be recorded when you collect the rental car. They will need to attend the rental collection counter with you, present their driver licence, and sign the applicable paperwork to be added to the rental agreement. The fees for this will be included in your rental agreement and added to the cost of your rental car.
Alternatively, additional drivers can be added before or after the collection date by visiting one of the rental provider’s depots.
Ultimately, however, the additional driver will need to visit the rental provider in person to fulfil the requirements of being added to the rental agreement. Unless this process is followed, the additional driver will not be authorised to drive the rental car.
Generally, there is a fee per additional driver, but these fees will vary depending on your rental provider and location. Prior to booking, you can always reach out to your prospective rental provider to confirm the fee, or check their terms and conditions.
Yes, your spouse or partner will be permitted to drive the rental car so long as they are present at the rental counter with a valid licence at the time of collection.
Some rental providers may waive the additional driver fee for the spouse of the primary driver, however, they may have certain requirements or validation processes around this.
Also, aside from the primary driver's spouse, the primary driver’s employer, employees, and colleagues may also be permitted to drive the rental car without the need to pay the additional driver fee (depending on the rental provider, location, and vehicle type).
East Coast Car Rentals is a great option for those looking to add additional drivers to the rental agreement. East Coast allows up to four additional drivers at no charge, so long as they attend the rental counter with the primary driver at the time of collection and meet the age requirements.
Enterprise is another good option if you're only wishing to add one other driver to the rental agreement. Enterprise allows one additional driver to be added to the rental agreement without a fee, and only charge a fee for each additional driver after the first.
You can add as many drivers as there are seats in the rental car, but keep in mind that any applicable additional driver fees will apply per driver, so more drivers will mean a higher cost. For example, if your car has five seats, you may add up to four additional drivers at a fee per driver, and drivers under 25 years old may also have to pay an age surcharge on top of the additional driver fee.