Location Specific Conditions United States
At corporate and participating licensee locations in the U.S., Avis will rent to customers between the ages of 21-24 with a valid credit card and driver’s license. There is a 27.00 per day underage surcharge for renters 21-24. Additionally, the following restrictions will also apply for renters between the ages of 21-24: Renters of luxury cars, mini-van, 12-passenger vans, specialty cars, full size SUV’s and premium SUV’s will not be permitted.
In New York State, the minimum age to rent is 18 with a $84.00 per day surcharge for renters age 18-20 and a $35 per day surcharge for renters age 21-24. In Michigan the minimum age is 18 with a $41 per day surcharge for renters between the ages of 18-20 and $28 per day surcharge for customers between the ages of 21-24.
Minimum age and underage surcharges can vary at licensee locations. It is best to check with the reservation team on the minimum age policy and restrictions at the location you are renting from if you are under 25.
In all states other than California, Nevada and New York, the charge for additional drivers is $13 per day per additional driver with a maximum charge of $65 per rental per driver. The additional driver fee in New York is $3 per day per additional driver. The additional driver fee in Nevada is $11 per day per additional driver, with a maximum charge of $55. There is no additional driver fee in California.
At the time of rental the additional driver must:
• Be at least 25 years of age
• Present a valid driver’s license
• Complete and sign an additional driver form
• Present valid credit identification (acceptable charge card or debit card, or a valid foreign passport and return ticket)
Exception to Standard Requirements
Tour Rates: The minimum age for an additional driver traveling with an inbound tour rate is 21. An inbound tour customer is one who resides outside the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada who is renting on a net or gross inbound tour rate.
The following must also be at least 25 years of age but are exempt from the additional driver fee and are not required to complete and sign an additional driver form:
• Renter’s employer or regular fellow employee while on company business
• Renter’s spouse or domestic partner
• Disabled renters who have completed a non-licensed renter form
Avis accepts most major credit cards as credit identification at time of rental including:
• Avis Charge Card
• American Express
• ATT Capital
• Diners Club International
• China UnionPay
• GE Capital
At the time of rental we will request an authorization on your charge card for the estimated rental charges. While this hold is in place the funds will not be available for your use. When the rental is over we will process the reversal but the bank may take time to post it back to the account.
Some locations may not accept each of the referenced cards
Debit cards are not acceptable as credit identification at the time of rental for all makes and models identified in the Avis Specialty or Signature Series and for certain other premium vehicles.
Avis will generally request an authorization hold against your account for the estimated charges of the rental but reserves the right in its sole discretion to request an extra value to be based on certain factors as we deem appropriate. These funds will not be available for your use. When the rental is over we will process the reversal but the bank may take time to post it back to your account.
If you fail to return the vehicle as agreed, Avis will obtain additional authorizations from your account to cover the rental charges.
Avis is not responsible for any returned checks or over-drafts based on this policy.
Positive identification in addition to your driver’s license may be required.
Debit, cash or check cards can be used at the end of rental for payment of rental charges.
*Exception – A credit/debit card is required for locations in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Edinburg, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, Mission, South Padre Island and Victoria, Texas. Cash rentals are NOT allowed at the beginning or as payment at the end of the rental.
Taking your vehicle outside the Country
United States: Corporate and participating licensee locations will allow the vehicle to be driven throughout the continental United States without restrictions. Based on availability, one-way rentals may be allowed to some U.S. cities.
Canada: Vehicles may be driven into Canada with no restrictions. The rental counter must be notified at the time of rental that you plan to drive into Canada so we can provide a Canadian non-resident insurance card (provided at no cost). Based on availability one-way rentals may be allowed to certain Canadian cities.
Mexico: At participating border cities, corporate account customers are allowed to drive the vehicle into Mexico with certain restrictions. Check with the location for details.
Waiver and Protection Options
Acceptance of Loss Damage Waiver relieves the renter and authorized additional drivers of responsibility for loss of, or damage to the Avis car, when they comply with the terms and conditions listed on the rental document jacket. At the time of rental the customer must initial whether he/she accepts or declines the LDW and optional services. LDW and optional services must be signed for at the rental counter. LDW is taxable.
If LDW is not accepted, the customer is financially responsible for the full value of:
• Accident Damage
• Glass Damage
• Stolen items (radio, battery, etc. )
• Theft of the car
In Wisconsin, if LDW is not accepted, the renter is liable for all loss or damage to the Avis car due to an accident or reckless, wanton behavior.
In Illinois, if LDW is not accepted, the customer is financially responsible for the following types of damage, up to a maximum of $16,000 for rentals:
• Accident damage
• Glass damage
• Stolen items (radio, battery, etc.)
• Theft of the car
Once LDW has been purchased it must remain on the contract. The customer has the option to return the car and close the rental agreement, however, this could change the rate for the rental agreement, and a different, possibly higher, rate could apply for a new rental.
Customers who rent in New York and purchase LDW in New York can decide to cancel the service at no charge within specific guidelines.
• Rental must be 2 days or more
• The cancellation must be within the first 24 hours of the rental
• The actual renter must take the car to an Avis location for inspection and must sign a cancellation notice.
Loss of Use
The customer may also be responsible for reimbursing Avis for the revenue lost by not being able to use the car while it is being repaired or not recovered due to theft (referred to as Loss of Use).
Damage to people and their property
Public Liability covers injury or death to a third party (persons outside the Avis vehicle). Property Damage covers damage to property other than the Avis vehicle and the renter’s, driver’s or passenger’s property.
Depending on the location the Avis will provide primary, secondary or no coverage up to the minimum limits required by law in that state. The Rental Document will state what type of coverage is provided.
If the location offers primary coverage then the protection is included in the Avis rate at no additional charge to the customer.
If the location offers secondary coverage, the customer’s personal liability insurance will be used first. The Avis protection will be secondary to any other applicable coverage, up to the state minimums, and will not apply until the renter’s or driver’s insurance, if any, has been exhausted. Avis will provide primary coverage if the optional Additional Liability Insurance (ALI) is purchased.
At all corporate locations in California and Texas, liability coverage will be the responsibility of the renter/driver in the event of a third party claim for injury, death, or property damage.
Renters may provide coverage through their own insurance policy or purchase the optional Additional Liability Insurance (ALI).
Third Party Liability/Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI) protects the renter and all authorized drivers of the rental vehicle against third-party bodily injury or death and property damage claims to raise the limits to $2,000,000 per single occurrence.
Exception: The limit is $1,000,000 per occurrence for cars rented all locations in AL, AK, GA, NC, ND, SD, WA as well as licensee locations in the U.S.
When purchased by renters in Florida, ALI will include $1,000,000 of Florida Uninsured Motorist coverage.
Unless indicated otherwise, if ALI is included in an in-bound tour rate, the limit is $1,000,000, even if your state limit is $2,000,000.
Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
Personal Accident Insurance provides accidental death and medical expense benefits to the renter and all passengers on the Avis car. The renter is covered for accidental bodily injuries during the entire term of the rental agreement (24 hours a day). The passengers are covered while in the car and while entering & exiting the car.
Personal Effects Protection (PEP)
PEP insures the personal belongings accompanying the renter and immediate family members who are traveling with the renter. Items must be for personal use and not used in business. Certain types of personal effects are not covered under this policy, such as motorcycles, boats and motors, currency, coins, deeds, bullion, stamps, securities, tickets or documents.
In the state of New York, the maximum coverage per individual is $500 per claim, with a maximum coverage for all individuals of $1,500. At all other corporate locations, the maximum coverage per individual is $600 per claim with a maximum coverage for all individuals of $1800.
Driving License and ID Requirements
A valid driver’s license from the country of residence and an acceptable credit or debit card is required (see the Payment Options section for more information) An International driving permit is also required for licenses with a non-roman alphabet.
Renters who have indicated a country of residence outside of the United States or Canada will be required to present the following at the time of rental to qualify for the quoted rate:
• A driver’s license and passport issued outside of the United States or Canada
• A return airline ticket
The vehicle is rented with a full tank of gas and must be returned with a full tank of gas or there will be a charge for refueling. If you have refueled please keep your receipt for verification purposes.
Most locations offer a prepaid gas option to purchase a full tank at market value which allows the customer to return the vehicle without a full tank of gas. There is no refund for unused gas.
If the customer declines the Fuel Service Option then the customer will be charged for fuel at the location’s current refueling charge. At participating locations, if the vehicle is driven less than 75 miles there is an automatic EZ Fuel service charge of $15.99 ($16.99 in California) will be applied. This service charge can be avoided if the customer purchased fuel and provides the counter with a receipt upon returning the vehicle.
If you do not pay cash for any tolls, you automatically opt into our e-Toll service. You agree to pay for all tolls incurred during your rental and all related fees, charges and penalties. Under the e-toll program, once you pass through an electronic toll, you will pay a convenience fee of $3.95 for each day of the entire rental, including any days on which an e-toll is not used, up to a maximum of $19.75 per rental month, plus the incurred tolls at the maximum prevailing rates posted by the toll authority. You can avoid the convenience fee and any other charges by paying the toll in cash or avoiding any cashless toll road or passage. Please be aware of any “cashless toll roads”. Drivers on these roads are not able to pay cash once they have entered these roads. Driving on these roads will opt you into our e-Toll service. E-toll charges and the convenience fee will be billed to the credit/debit card on file with us. The charges may take 4-8 weeks after the rental to be billed to your credit/debit card.
Extended Roadside offers fast, dependable rescue service for our renters for a daily charge. It is offered to our customers at time of rental and provides roadside assistance for lost keys and remote entry device lockouts, flat tire service, towing (if the vehicle is inoperable), jump starts and emergency fuel delivery (up to 3 gallons).
The cost of replacing a key for most vehicles is at least $100. Locksmith charges range by area. In addition to the cost of keys, there is a tow charge or delivery fee that can range from $50 to $250 depending on the distance. By accepting the Extended Roadside Service you won’t have to worry about incurring additional expense for the listed items while on the road.
One Way Rentals
Based on availability one-way rentals are allowed between cities within the United States. A one-way fee may apply.
If you want to extend the rental or wish to return the vehicle to a different location please contact us as soon as possible. At the latest, this should be before the end date and time on your rental agreement. You will be advised whether the change is possible and any additional costs when you call.
If you fail to extend your rental you will be charged the prevailing pay at location prices for the extra days as well as a late return administration fee of $10 for each day or part of a day until the vehicle is returned.
If you return the vehicle to a different location then you agreed to at time of rental your rate could default to a different rate available on the day you return the vehicle and a one way fee will be applied.
The Special Equipment and cost per day below applies at most corporate and participating licensee locations. Availability and cost may vary at certain locations. Check with the location for additional details.
*Fines may apply for not complying with a state’s child passenger safety laws.