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Can I use a rental car for my driving test?

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 21, 2022

Passing your driving test without owning a car can seem impossible. How to learn to drive when you don’t have a car to learn? Fortunately, there are ways around this situation. Unfortunately, renting a car is not one of them, but there is an exception.

Why can’t you rent a car for the driving test?

Hertz Car Rental Location in New York | Cindy Ord/Getty Images

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According to Budget car rental rules, you must have a driver’s license and a credit card to rent a car. You also need to be at least 21 years old (in some states), so if you’re a budding 16-year-old looking to drive to the DMV in a rental Toyota Corolla for your test, think again.

But don’t rely on your parents to rent the car either because the rules clearly state that the renter is financially responsible for the car and if they try to add a driver, the driver must be at least 25 years old .

It’s a shame, but don’t worry, there are other solutions to this situation.

Borrow a car from a friend or family member

Rear view of car with student driver handwritten lettering

Rear view of a car with a handwritten sign saying Student Driver. | Smith/Gado/Getty Images Collection

Since you cannot rent a car for the driving test, your next option would be to borrow one from a family member or friend. Remember that you may need to borrow the car for a few days in order to learn the car and then take the test. So don’t expect to borrow the car for just a few hours and then return it.

An important recommendation from Reviews.com is to check the car owner’s insurance policy before borrowing the car. Typically, the car’s insurance policy follows the car, not the driver, which means that if you crash the car, the owner will be liable. In this case, it’s a good idea to check the landlord’s insurance policy first because the landlord may need to add you to it first.

It is also important to ensure that the vehicle you borrow is safe. The DMV will likely check the lights and a few other systems in the car to make sure everything is in working order, so make sure the turn signals, power windows, and doors are working properly.

Rent a car from your driving school

If you are currently taking a course at a driving school, you may be able to rent a car there. Some driving schools are aware that you cannot get a car from a rental agency, so they offer the possibility of renting a car.

What is the only exception to renting a car for a driving test?

A woman sits in her car after a driving test.

A woman sits in her car after a driving test. | MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP via Getty Images

Although you cannot technically rent a car to take your driving test, the only exception is if you are an international driver. International drivers can rent a car to take the driving test provided they provide their international driving license. In some states, an international driver’s license may be required.

The rental car company may check your driving history and also require you to be at least 25 years old, have car insurance, and have a credit card to make the reservation. Any defect could cause them to cancel the reservation.

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