A few rental companies allow you to rent a car from 18. In general, the rental companies in Mexico have a minimum age of 21. Are you an 18-year-old excited to spend time exploring the Mexican beaches but wondering if you can rent a car to get around? And what do you need to consider if you are older than 18?
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You are 18 to 21 years old
In Mexico, you must be 18 years old to rent a car. And you're in luck: although most rental companies only allow you to rent a car from 21 years of age, several rental companies will rent a car to you if you are younger than 21. However, you may not be allowed to rent all their vehicles.
As a younger driver, you will very often have to pay extra to rent a car. Depending on the rental company and the car model, this surcharge can be between $6 and $14 per day. During our research, we found one rental company that even charged $23 extra per day as a surcharge for young drivers.
If several drivers rent the same car, the rental price will depend on the youngest driver’s age. This is regardless of who is the primary driver of the vehicle.
Before you finalize your booking, read the terms and conditions carefully. For example, there are rental companies that require young drivers to have held a valid driver's license for 1, 2, or even 3 years.
Want to know which rental companies you can go to and what surcharge you'll pay? Look it up in our handy overview of rental companies in Mexico.
You are 21 to 25 years old
You can go to any rental company if you are 21 or older. However, the rental company will charge you a surcharge because you are a young driver: under the age of 25. Fortunately, most models will be available to you to rent.
The most common surcharge is $10/day. Before you finalize your booking, read the terms and conditions very carefully. For example, there are rental companies that require young drivers to have had their driver’s license for at least 3 years.
You are 25 to 75 years old
People who are 25 to 75 years old can rent a car anywhere. The only requirement that usually applies is holding a valid driver's license for at least 1 year, sometimes 2 years.
You are over 75 years old
In general, you can just go to the major rental car companies to rent a car. However, there are rental companies that will not rent you a car. And some companies ask for an extra $5 to $10 per day.
Which rental companies can I contact?
You now know what it’s like to rent a car in Mexico within your age group. But, in the meantime, you’re probably eager to go on an adventure to discover this insanely beautiful country with the perfect rental car as soon as possible! At Road Trip Car, we've made this a lot easier for you.
With our online tool, you can compile an overview of rental companies where you can rent a car at your age. So whether you are 18 or 81, you will find the ideal rental company within minutes.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Mexico?
You have to be at least 18 years of age to rent a car in Mexico. However, your choices may be limited, and you’ll have to pay a young driver surcharge. With our online tool, you can compile an overview of rental companies that will rent a car to you regardless of your age.
Do you pay extra if you’re a young driver?
Yes, until the age of 25, most rental companies will charge you extra as they see you as a young driver. Some companies will also require you to have a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years.
With our online tool, you can compile an overview of rental companies where you can see how much extra you’ll have to pay because you’re a young driver.
Can I rent a car in Mexico if I don’t have a driver’s license for at least one year or longer?
No, you cannot. Many companies require your driver’s license to be at least 3 years old, but some are okay with 1 or 2 years. With our online tool, you can compile an overview of rental companies where you can rent a car with a 1-year-old driver’s license.