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What Types of Driver Licences Do Car Rental Companies Accept?


As licence requirements may vary depending on the rental brand you select, here’s what you need to know when looking to reserve a vehicle through the rental brands we compare, including Avis, Budget, East Coast Car Rentals, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Licence Requirements

In most cases, you’ll need a full driver licence (held for a minimum of 12 months). If your licence is not in English, you’ll be required to present an international or overseas licence translated to English. If you have a learner permit (L plates), or a provisional or probationary licence (P plates), you may not be able to rent a vehicle.

International Licences

If you are visiting Australia from overseas, you will need to present a valid driver licence from your country of residence (that has been held for at least 12 months). If the licence is not printed in English, you will also need to provide an International Driving Permit. Unfortunately, you will not be able to rent a car if your licence is expired, suspended, or has been revoked. Keep in mind that you must provide the original copy of any required document. You may also be asked to provide other forms of identification.

Young Drivers

If your licence indicates that you are under the age of 25, you still may be permitted to hire a car, but in most cases, you’ll need to pay a young driver surcharge. This is a daily fee charged by your selected rental brand, added to the total cost of your rental car. Check out our page on age restrictions for more info.

You can also visit our Terms and Conditions for additional details; otherwise, if you have a specific question about licence requirements, feel free to contact us.