Debit Card Rental Policies

Debit card rental policies are specific to the car rental company you rent from. 

This page will outline guidelines for 13 companies -- Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, EZ Rent a Car, Firefly,Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, SilverCar and Thrifty.(links open in new windows.  Always verify a policy when making a reservation. 


When booking a car online, review rental terms and conditions, as some car rental debit card terms, may be location-specific.

Note: Providers can change their rules and guidelines at any time; I try to maintain up-to-date info, but always check with an individual company to verify. 

Debit Card Rental Policies - Company Specific

 ALAMO

According to  

Alamo.com

debit/check cards are considered to be any non-credit card bearing the VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card logo only.

When renting in the U.S., you must show proof of a round trip travel ticket (airline, cruise ship or train) at time of rental.

For pick-ups in the United States, without proof of roundtrip ticket, debit or check cards are only accepted when returning the rental car. A major credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of pick-up.

In Canada & Puerto Rico, a credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of pickup. Debit/check cards are only accepted for payment at time of return.

No Gift/Prepaid Card that has the Visa, MasterCard or American Express logo are accepted as deposit; Alamo only accepts gift cards for final payment when you return your rental car. Gift Cards are not accepted by Alamo in Latin America or the Caribbean.

Virtual Credit Cards: -- an online-only, virtual credit card or any other type of "single-use" or one-time use credit card number -- are not accepted.

Alamo's site offered no specific information as to the amount of hold required on the debit card. You would have to contact either an Alamo.com reservation rep through Alamo's toll free line 1(877) 222-9075 for information on debit card deposit requirements.

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Car Rental with Debit Card for AVIS

Avis.com

 debit card rental policies state that Most U.S. locations will accept bank debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo as credit identification at the time of pickup of your rental, as long as the renter is 25 or over. (note: not available for use with rentals of Signature Series vehicles and other premium vehicles.

You may be required to show additional identification as well as your driver license.

Debit card rental policies state that you will be subject a credit check in order to rent with a debit card. You can check a location's debit card policy either by contacting Avis at 1-800-331-1212 or by checking Debit Card Policy information for a reservation (a link to policy info is given after a reservation is booked.. you can find it on your reservation confirmation page).

Debit card rental policies for Avis state that they may perform Debit Card authorization hold that MAY be more than the estimated rental charges. When using a debit card at Avis there is a minimum hold of the full amount including all taxes and surcharges, of your rental. these funds will be frozen in your account; you will not have access to them during the period of your rental.

The unused extra hold amount will be released at the end of the rental.

Note: Some locations do not accept Debit cards. Currently, debit cards are not acceptable as credit identification at the time of rental at locations in the Metropolitan NY Tri-State area, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia area, Mississippi or Louisiana locations as well as other locations across the country.

Prepaid debit/gift cards are not accepted to pick up a car at any Avis agency. Prepaid debit/gift cards are allowed to be used as a form of payment... but only at the end of the rental when you return the vehicle.


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Debit Card Rental Policies for BUDGET

Budget.com

policies state that renters under 25 may not rent with a debit card.

For renters 25 and over, when using a debit card, the website states that  Budget locations will check your credit with a national credit verification bureau. Their debit card rental policies state that some Budget locations might not check your credit, but will require you to present a third form of identification, such as:

For debit card customers renting at an airport location, one of the following will be accepted as a third form of identification in addition to a driver’s license and debit card:

  • A round-trip airline ticket, e-ticket, or travel itinerary to or from the airport of rental, that shows a return date and the renter's name
  • A valid U.S. passport or current U.S. military identification card
  • A current vehicle insurance card
  • A current copy (within the last 60 days) of the customer's cellular phone bill, home telephone bill, bank statement or utility bill
  • For debit card customers renting at an off-airport location, one of the following will be accepted as a third form of identification in addition to a driver’s license and debit card:

  • A valid U.S. passport or current U.S. military ID card
  • A current vehicle insurance card
  • A current copy (within the last 60 days) of the customer's cellular phone bill, home telephone bill, bank statement or utility bill
  • Debit card rental policies for Budget also state that they reserve the right to hold additional funds on your debit card (in addition to the estimated rental charges) for deposit. 

    To find deposit rules for your pickup location when researching rates - ffter you find your location, just click the 'additional information' link next to your desired location to view location terms and conditions.

    If you already have a reservation made, look at the terms and conditions on your reservation confirmations for the deposit required at your specific rental location.  


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    Car Rental with Debit Card for DOLLAR

    Dollar.com

    says the If a renter presents a debit card at the beginning of rental to qualify to rent, Dollar will perform a debit card check and credit inquiry screening through Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.

    Their website debit card rental policies include a statement that a credit check allows them to

    "...screen out customers who present a greater driving risk to us, using a standard set of criteria. The credit inquiry is posted on the customer's credit report and may have an effect on the customer's credit evaluation."

    If a renter doesn't meet debit card criteria, they would have to provide a major credit card in their own name in order to rent.

    Debit cards are accepted for payment at the end of rental without a credit inquiry. Debit cards are not accepted at Dollar locations in Canada except for payment at the end of rental.

    Renters should refer to the Local Policies link on their online rate quote, for specific information on the acceptance and usage of debit cards, and the amount of deposit required where you intend to rent. You can find links to these local policies when researching rates on Dollar.com

    "Key Ring" Credit Cards: not accepted.


    Dollar Rent-a-Car, Inc.


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    ENTERPRISE

    Debit Card Rental Policies

    According to 

    Enterprise.com

     Debit Cards: Debit/check cards are considered to be any non-credit card bearing the VISA, MasterCard Logo only.

     Their policy states that if you book a car on their site, you must show a major credit card in your own name at the time of rental with the exception below:

    Airport Locations

    When renting in the US, Debit Cards will be accepted as long as you also show proof of a round trip travel ticket (airline, cruise ship or train) at time of pick up of the rental vehicle.

    Without proof of roundtrip ticket, debit or check cards are only accepted as a method of payment when returning the vehicle

    For car rental pick-ups in Puerto Rico, a credit card in the name of the renter must be used. Debit/check cards are only accepted for payment at the end of the rental. (Exception: San Juan, PR Airport will accept a debit card with proof of round trip travel and if all other qualifications are met).

    In Canada, a credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of pickup. Debit/Check cards are not accepted. For payment at the end of the rental only cash, money orders, traveler's checks, or a major credit card are accepted.

    The website states that some off- airport Enterprise locations accept Debit Cards. The debit card rental policies can be found for the specific location when booking a reservation on Enterprise.com.

    Renters who would like to use a debit card for their deposit at non-airport locations must contact the location directly and  may need to complete a cash qualification process.

    You must always contact the local branch to determine what is required for the cash qualification process.

    The branches may require:

  • Two current utility bills
  • Most recent paycheck stub
  • Driver's license issued from the rental state
  • A minimum deposit plus the entire cost of the rental will be debited from the renter's account at the time of pickup.Deposit amount varies by location from $100 to $300 plus the actual cost of rental. You should contact the rental branch directly to find out the exact amount that will be required.
  • Proof of insurance
  • Personal references
  • Any hold amount owed back to renters will typically be credited back to their account within 15 business days.

    Many Enterprise branches do not accept cash payments, however some branches may accept cash or a money order using the above "cash qualification" process for customers who do not have a debit or check card.

    Requirements for these types of rentals MUST be verified directly with the branch you wish to rent a vehicle from. It is strongly recommended that you check with the branch about cash qualification and debit card rental policies before attempting to pick up a rental car.

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car
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    Debit Card Policies for EZ RENT A CAR

    According to E-Z Rent A Car.com They only accept the following major credit cards: American Express, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club International, Discovery, MasterCard, Optima and Visa


    Car Rental with Debit Card for FOX

    According to

    Fox Rent a Car.com

      debit cards are only accepted for deposit if the card has a Visa, Master Card or Discover logo and the Debit Card and Drivers License must be in same name.

    The renter must also able to show their return flight segment of a round trip airline ticket for airport location where the car is being rented. If you cannot show an airline ticket (or your residence or your primary residence is within 150 miles of the rental location, you will be subject to an Equifax credit check )(it is posted on your credit report and may have an effect your credit evaluation.) If the locations Debit Card criteria is not met, the customer will not be allowed to rent unless they provide a major credit card in their own name.

    Debit cards may only be used when renting an economy through fullsize car or a minivan.

    When using a debit card for deposit, the counter must be able to authorize (freeze) on the card the total estimated rental charges, plus an extra deposit ranging from  $150 - $400. Renters should always check Payment policies for their particular pickup location in order to find out the deposit.

    Debit cards are not available for Pay Now reservations.

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    Debit Card Rental Policies for HERTZ

    According to 

    Hertz.com

      at most locations, debit cards (sometimes called check cards) that are issued with a VISA or Mastercard logo are accepted.

    Two forms of identification must be presented in addition to the debit card.

    Debit cards used for rental pickup, must have enough available funds to cover the estimated total amount of the rental charges plus any additional charges that may occur (check with your pickup location for details).

    Hertz will also perform a credit check if you wish to use a debit card.

    The credit scoring process is done through Equifax; similar to the type of credit checks that are done when a person applies for credit. This credit check is done at the rental location when you arrive to pick up your vehicle.

    Prepaid or stored value cards are not accepted as credit identification to rent a car.


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    Car Rental with Debit Card for NATIONAL

    Debit/check cards are considered to be any non-credit card bearing the VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card logo only.

    According to debit card rental policies researched on National's website Nationalcar.com, When renting in the U.S., proof of a round trip travel ticket (airline, cruise ship or train) will be required at the time of pickup.

    For pick-ups in the United States without proof of roundtrip ticket, debit or check cards are only accepted when returning the vehicle. A credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of pick-up.

    In Canada & Puerto Rico, a credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of pickup. Debit/check cards are only accepted for payment at time of return.

    Note: For Canada -  US bank issued Debit/Check cards ARE accepted as a form of payment at return As long as they DO NOT require a Personnel Identification Number (PIN).

    A Canadian bank issued Debit card that requires a PIN will NOT be accepted as a form of payment.

    No information was provided about the deposit required when using a debit card; renters must check with either a National reservation representative 1-877-222-9058 or by calling their preferred National location directly.


    Car Rental with Debit Card for PAYLESS

    Debit card rental policies for 

    PaylessCar.com

     state that most locations will accept debit cards. The use of debit card for deposit requires a hold of the full amount of the estimated rental charges, plus an extra security deposit of $350.

    Renters must check policy specifically for the location that they wish to rent from to see if debit cards are allowed, and what the amount of hold required on it would be.


    SILVERCAR  Policies

    Silvercar.com states that they only accept major credit cards (must be in the renters name) Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover


    Debit Card Rental Policies for THRIFTY

    Thrifty.com

      states that generally, renters must show a major credit card at the time of rental. However, when renting from many US locations, you may be allowed to use a debit or check card to rent.

    If the customer presents a debit card at the beginning of rental to qualify to rent, Thrifty will perform a debit card check and credit inquiry screening through Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.

    Debit cards are accepted for payment at the end of rental without a credit check.

    Debit cards may not be accepted in Canada.

    Since the credit requirements vary by location, you should refer to the location's Terms & Conditions for specific information on the acceptance and usage of debit cards and Thrifty's debit card rental policies for where you intend to rent. You can find these terms when researching rates on Thrifty.com

    "Key Ring" Credit Cards are not accepted.

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