Rental requirements

Minimum age required:

United-Kingdom22 years old.
Germany - 18 years old.
Belgium - 19 years old.
Ireland - 25 years old. (At the commencement of rental, drivers must meet the requirement for licence eligibility.  If the number of years is 8, this does not mean that the driver must have held their licence for 8 years - it means they must have been eligible to hold their licence for 8 years. Please refer here for full terms and conditions)
Spain - 21 years old.
Italy - 18 years old (25 for Selection vehicles).
Australia - 21 years old.
New Zealand - 21 years old.
Portugal - 19 years old (25 for certain car categories).
France - 19 years old. (Driver must have had 1 year of driving experience prior to hiring a car. 'Escort Drive' program is accepted. Please ask at your rental branch.)

In most countries, you must be aged 21 or over to rent a car.  

A Young Driver Surcharge is applied for:

United-Kingdom - 22 - 25 (inclusive of 25)
Germany - 18 - 22 (inclusive of 22)
Belgium - 19-24 (inclusive of 24) 
Spain - 21 - 24 (inclusive of 24)
Italy - 18 - 24 (inclusive of 24)
Australia - 21 - 24 (inclusive of 24)
New Zealand - 21 - 24 (inclusive of 24)
Portugal - 19 - 22 (inclusive)
France - 18 - 25 (inclusive 25)
Ireland - No charge applied

When renting a vehicle, a driver qualified as a "young driver" pays a specific charge (according to the Terms and Conditions of the country of rental) -  the "Young Driver Surcharge".

Terms and conditions of the applicable Young Driver Surcharge may vary from one country to another: it is therefore strongly recommended to consult the relevant terms and conditions either at time of booking online, via your local Europcar Reservation Office or at time of rental.

Local driving licence:

You will need to present to our customer representative your normal driving licence, issued by your country of residence and held for a minimum period according to local legislation or conditions. It will be requested at every rental.


Identification documents required:

An identification document, such as a passport or ID card may also be required. The driver licence is not sufficient.

Means of payment:

You will also need to present a valid credit card on which an authorisation is requested.

Please be aware that the renter IS the cardholder and must be physically present in order to sign the rental agreement. 
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