General Conditions for car rental in USA


At time of rental, when picking-up a car, AVIS customers may choose to accept or to decline optional coverage or insurance by checking into the corresponding box (accept or reject). Once the contract is signed and coverage/insurance is accepted, it will not be refundable.

• Currency:
U.S. Dollars (USD)
• Minimum age:
25 years.

Customers under 25 years old (ages 21-24) can rent certain groups of vehicles, if they present a prepaid voucher issued with rates published on this website including LDW (Loss Damage Waiver). Applies only to the renter. 
A young driver fee applies. The cost varies according to the starting rental location. Please verify the cost at time of booking.

In the states of New York and Michigan, drivers aged 18 to 20 may rent certain car groups. A young driver fee applies. The cost varies according to the starting rental location. Please verify the cost at time of booking.

Car groups H, L, P, S, V, X and Z are only rented to drivers aged 25 or more exclusively. Restrictions apply for some cars in Group K.

The additional driver must be 25 years or older.
• Driver’s License/Passport:
At time of rental, valid driver's license from country of residence and passport are required. For residents outside of the United States and Canada, a return plane ticket to the country of origin must be presented. In case of presenting an international driver’s license, it should be presented together with the driving permit of the country of origin and the passport. Important: In the State of Georgia it is mandatory to present the international driver's license with the license in force in the country of origin.
• Credit Card:
The renter will be required to present an international credit card accepted by AVIS at the time of rental. Avis will generally request an authorization hold against the customer’s account for the estimated extra charges not included in the Voucher, such as gasoline, the deductible of the insurance, etc.
• Debit Cards:
IMPORTANT: Note that debit cards should not be presented for the guarantee deposit, since they do not allow credits. Therefore, deposits cannot be reimbursed.
• Additional drivers: The additional driver must be 25 years or older. All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age and driver's license requirements as the renter. All additional drivers must be present at time of pick-up of the rental vehicle. Maximum number of additional drivers: 2. Consult costs and conditions at time of booking. For more information:

• Prepayment: The rental must be paid at country of origin, using AVIS vouchers.

• Smoke-free cars: as of October 01, 2009, AVIS applies a "smoke-free cars" policy in the fleets of the United States and Canada. It is effective on all makes and models. A sticker on every car reminds passengers that AVIS fleet is fresh, clean and odor free. A USD 250 penalty will be charged to renter if the car presents signs that somebody has smoked inside. To enforce this policy, AVIS implemented a new process of inspection of the vehicles. For more information:

Optional Charges

• Child Infant Seat / Child Safety Seat / Child Booster Seat
A variety of seats are offered for newborns through children up to 80 lbs. Subject to availability at time of rental. The cost varies according to the starting rental location. For more information:

Consult availability and costs at time of booking. For more information:

Additional Charges

• Fuel Charges
The vehicle is rented with a full tank of gas and must be returned in the same condition 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.
At participating locations, if the vehicle is driven less than 75 miles, there is an automatic EZ Fuel service charge of USD 15.99 (USD 16.99 in California) that 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.

Additional Information

• Early / Late return charge
A surcharge of USD 15 plus tax will be applied if the vehicle is returned earlier or later than the original agreed day and time for its return.

• Geographical driving restrictions
Depending on the starting rental location, certain geographical driving restrictions may apply to the states or areas where the rental vehicle may be driven. Please, verify.

Travel into other countries

Some rental locations allow border crossing into Canada or Mexico. Certain conditions and restrictions apply. Please verify at time of booking. For more information:

In all cases, the rental vehicle must be returned in the United States.

( ! ) Information and values are subject to change without prior notice. 
( ! ) All values are subject to tax unless otherwise specified.

Last Update: 04/10/2019