According to your last statement above, if the car rental company will allow you to rent a car with a traffic citation in lieu of your regular license, they require that the license be valid for the whole rental (they would consider your court date to be the expiration date of the permit and your rental must end before this date). You would have to contact the rental car company in advance to determine what would be acceptable as a second form of photo ID with signature.... some common ones that most often accepted would be a passport or company id card with photo and signature.
Here is the basic information provided by some car rental companies regarding their policy on the ability to rent a car with a traffic citation or to rent with a temporary drivers license. (links open in new windows) Note: some companies are not completely clear on the policy with regards to traffic citations specifically...(and policies are subject to change without notice) you should always contact a company representative for clarification before renting, to make sure that you meet all rental requirements and/or if you have any questions about car rental policy.
AlamoAccording to Alamo.com , temporary driver's licenses are NOT accepted
AvisAccording to Avis.com , a temporary driver's license is acceptable only if it has no restrictions and is valid for the entire period of the rental. For more information on your ability to rent a car with a traffic citation you can call 800-331-1212.
BudgetAccording to Budget.com , certain state residents may rent a car with a traffic citation (at corporate operated locations in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. It is only valid until the court appearance date, and renters would also have to provide a second form of signature ID. You can call 1-800-527-0700 for more info.
DollarAccording to Dollar.com A renter must present a valid drivers's license. They will accept traffic citation issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S., as a temporary license, as long as it's valid for the entire rental period (court date is the expiration) and renters must also provide a second form of photo id with signature. You can call 1-800-800-3665 for more info.
EnterpriseAccording to Enterprise.com a Temporary Drivers License is not acceptable. They make no mention at all about the possibility to rent a car with a traffic citation. I would suggest calling 1-800-261-7331 for more clarification.
HertzWith the info on Hertz.com it is unlcear if they would allow you to rent a car with a traffic citation. Their website policy information regarding drivers licenses states only instructions with regards to a lost or stolen license - states that you would have to show a valid temporary license issued by the DMV. All renters should call 1-800-654-3131 with regards to their ability to use a temporary license or permit with their preferred location.
On Nationalcar.com I could find no information at all on the acceptability of Temporary driver's licenses. For more info you can call 1(877) 222-9058.
ThriftyAccording to >Thrifty.com Thrifty will allow you to rent a car with:
a traffic citation issued as a temporary license, valid for the entire rental period (the court date being the expiration date) and a second form of identification with signature (other than a credit card). Renters can call 1-800-THRIFTY (847-4389) for more info.