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What Types of Driver's Licence Do Car Rental Companies Accept?

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Trying to figure out if your drivers licence will be accepted by the car rental company? Since requirements may vary per car rental company, we have listed down the valid and invalid types of driver's licences as well as the minimum age to rent a car with Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Types of Licences

International visitors need to present a valid driver's licence from their country of residence, that has been held for at least 12 months and written in English. If it is not written in English, you need to provide an International Driving Permit as well. Unfortunately, you will not be able to hire a car if your licence is expired, suspended or revoked. Keep in mind that all documents must be original. You may also be required to provide other forms of identification.

Rental Rules

For more information about the rental rules for each car rental company, take a look at the table below.


Car Rental Company

Valid Drivers LicenceInvalid Drivers LicenceMinimum Age
Avis

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Probationary licences.

Suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered driver's licence.
21 for all car groups.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Budget

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Restricted licences.21 for all car groups.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.

Groups available for drivers 21-25 are mini to intermediate (subject to availability).
East Coast

Drivers who hold a valid Provisional Licence (P Plate) may rent under the following circumstances: 
- The "P Plate" driver must have held his P Plate licence for a minimum period of 12 months prior to the start of the rental.
- The customer must provide a P Plate for display on the vehicle. These are readily available from most service stations.

You will need an International Driving Permit if your local driver's licence is not written in Roman Alphabet charact​ers.

Learner's Permits.Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Enterprise

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

Probationary licence held for a minimum of 12 months with an additional Probationary License Fee.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits.21-24 for Economy, Compact, Intermediate and Standard vehicle classes.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Europcar

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Drivers licences with English characters, such as those issued by the European Union, are now acceptable on their own.

Non-English licence holders need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Probationary licences.21-24 for Economy, Standard Intermediate and Fullsize vehicle classes.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.
Hertz
Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

Probationary licence held for a minimum of 12 months with an additional Probationary License Fee. (Accepted in certain locations)

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.
Learner's Permits.


Provisional licences are not accepted in Tasmania.


21 for Economy Manual, Compact Manual, Compact Auto, Intermediate Auto, Fullsize Auto, Premium Wagon, 4WD and Luxury
8-seater vehicle classes.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.

Thrifty

Full driver's licence held for a minimum of 12 months.

International and overseas licences written in English.

Non-English licence holders need to present an international driving permit written in English or translation document such as China Notaries Certificate (CNC) for renters from China.

Learner's Permits, Provisional or Probationary licences.21 for Standard vehicle class.

Young driver surcharge applies to drivers aged 21-24 years old.


Check out our T&C's pages for more details. If you have any questions on licence requirements, feel free to contact us so we can help you have the best car rental booking experience.

Read more about Licence Requirements for Renting a Car in Australia.