Rental Policy


It’s simplest if the owner of the vehicle comes with you to provide proof of registration and insurance. If that’s not possible, contact your department of motor vehicles and ask if it’s all right to come without the car’s owner, and what documents you should get from him or her beforehand.Rental cars may be allowed for the road test, but it’s wise to double-check with your DMV before putting down money for a rental.

  • Have car insurance (the insurance on the vehicle will cover you during your road test)
  • Have a license plate (some states require both front and rear plates)
  • Be registered in your state or another
  • Meet safety requirements (working brake lights and horn, mirrors intact, etc.). Some states require annual vehicle-safety inspections for car owners. You might need to display the sticker showing the car has passed, depending on the state.

Typically, you can rent a vehicle in the U.S. as long as you hold a valid license from another country — plus an International Driving Permit, depending on your state. Rental car companies allow only those with a valid license to drive their cars, so this option won’t work if you hold only a learner’s permit.

Rental cars also have to be insured. You can buy coverage for the rental vehicle from the rental company or get insurance through the credit card you use to pay, depending on the card.