I want to rent a car from Toulouse in 2 weeks but I couldn't find any rental companies that rent a car to someone with a license < 1yr old.

Is it a law in France? If not, are there any companies offering cars to people with a license that is less than 1yr old? I'm older than 25.

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    Ah, but my German license has a date, Ausstellungsdatum :/
    – mgr
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 16:26
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    Yea, in a German license there is both date of issue for the card and the date when the license was made.
    – mgr
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 16:41
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    There is no law that I am aware of, but also there is no car rental that will let you drive. The problem seems to be that the rental agencies couldn't get insurance for their cars if they wanted to rent out to newbies.
    – Alexander
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 17:14
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    Don't think it's a legal issue, but rather a matter of insurance. In many cases there's a minimum of 3 years (sometimes more), and some companies let you pay extra to lower the age, but I don't think you could go down to less than a year. You can rent cars that don't require a license, though (less than 50cm3 motor).
    – jcaron
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 17:33
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    @Johns-305 Yes, EU driver licenses include the first issuing date in column 10 on the back.
    – neo
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 20:05

2 Answers 2


As pointed out in the comments, it is not a legal, but an insurance issue. It is possible, but not cheap. I did this recently, as a 22 year old driver with a 3 months old license, but I ended up paying quadruple the normal rental price. Consider how much it is worth for you, both in money and in risk.

You are most likely to succeed by calling small, local rental agencies. This is how I did it. They do not always have a policy in place against this, in contrary to big companies like Hertz and Avis.

You can also try taking your chances and turning up at a rental company. You will have to decide if you want to prepay or not. Prepaying is cheaper and may help you get a car, but I have no idea what would happen if they then refuse you because you haven't held your license for long enough.

Good luck and please share what happened.

  • A friend can not get a car when he tries to rent in by himself but has no problems when the company rents one for him. Being a young male makes many companies wonder if you can pay for damages, being older helps in assuring you can.
    – Willeke
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 21:29
  • Hi, can you please tell me through which rental company he rented? I will also rent via my company.
    – mgr
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 19:20
  • Hi @J. Constantine Can you please tell me through which rental company you rented? Money is not a problem and I don't think I'm a reckless driver, I've been driving a car for more than 10years but had to get an EU license after I moved to Germany.
    – mgr
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 19:22
  • @mgr Would you be eligible to rent the car under your non-German license? Is it still valid? Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 20:08
  • Hi Andrew, unfortunately I only have a copy of my non German license :(
    – mgr
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 21:40

It's not a legal issue, but rather a matter of insurance (and its cost).

In most cases, a requirement on both age (21 or 25 years old) and time holding a driver's license (3 or 5 years) is typical, however this varies from network to network and even from branch to branch (especially in the case of franchises, they may set their own rules).

Rent-a-Car for instance has a standard 3 or 5 years minimum, but you can pay extra to reduce that by 2 years, so that still leaves you with a 1 year minimum.

Ada however may allow you to drive a car with just days on your license: http://www.ada.fr/jeunes/index.html

Following the link on that page results (at least in the location I selected) in many cars (mostly cheaper models) available with no requirement on how long you've held your licence.

  • Hi, do you happen to know if they are good/bad? Thanks a lot for the link!
    – mgr
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 19:20

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