There's a lot of preparation that goes into getting ready for international travel! While exciting, it is crucial that you remember several important documents, or your rental car will not be released to you. A valid U.S. driver's license is mandatory in order to rent a car anywhere. Most often the license must have been held for at least one year. You must have this form of identification with you when you go to the rental counter. If you do not, the local rental agents will be forced to deny you access to the vehicle. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Our International Travel Checklist is a great place to start. Stay organized while you prepare for your upcoming trip!
It also is worth your while to acquire an international driver's permit (IDP), as it translates your driver's license into multiple languages. These are available through your local AAA, and other similar service providers. Local rental agents may also ask for your passport as proof of identification. Naturally, you will not have forgotten this document at home, as you needed it to board your international flight. Just remember to have it with you when you visit the car rental counter.
A major credit card will be required as well for any deposits and local fees. Debit cards are rarely accepted as a form of payment locally without pre-approval, as it is considered cash, regardless of the credit card symbol you may have on it. Approval of debit card use also typically comes with a larger deposit being required of you at the beginning of your rental. We recommend, for your own ease, that you acquire a credit card prior to your departure to avoid any additional expenses and hassles locally.
Your car rental voucher is also important because it contains information that the local agents will need in order to provide you with a vehicle. Prior to leaving for your trip, make sure you have read the terms and conditions and that you understand your car rental voucher.
There are a few more practical things that should also be considered to before you leave home:
Auto Europe makes it extremely easy to reserve additional equipment and accessories for your rental car before your trip. If you're going to need snow chains/tires, ski racks, child seats for your family car rental or a GPS unit, an Auto Europe staff member will help you with these in advance. This reduces your risk of arriving at the counter and being informed that these items are not available. In order to better serve you, we send out an email before your trip reminding you to take these things with you in order to help your trip run as smoothly as possible. Call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 with questions or to make a reservation today!