I would like to rent a car in Caen, France but my driving license has been valid for less than one year. This is my first license - I have never been suspended from driving. I have checked most rental car companies but all require having a valid driving license for more than one year.

Are there any car rental companies without this restriction?

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    It is my first license.
    – tommino
    Jan 14, 2017 at 18:31
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    Here is an option : ada.fr/jeunes/index.html (they seem to have an office in Caen)
    – audionuma
    Jan 14, 2017 at 18:56
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    Thank you for the tip, but unfortunately agency rents the car just for people under 25 years. My age is 30.
    – tommino
    Jan 15, 2017 at 14:41
  • @tommino I'd try emailing them anyway
    – JonathanReez
    Jan 16, 2017 at 11:06
  • You should call them or email them to ask. Every company has a different policy. Generally it's difficult to rent a car with less than one year of driving. That being said, they generally trust >25yo people. I don't know if your license has been valid for less than a year or if you've been driving for a longer time. If it's the latter and you can somehow prove it, you might be able to rent a car.
    – 7hibault
    Jan 17, 2017 at 14:10

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As mentioned in 2017, ADA does rent cars to drivers whose license is less than one year old.

As of january 2020, I couldn't find any mention of a maximum age of 25, neither on the information page (https://www.ada.fr/offre/location-jeune-conducteur.html) nor on the terms and conditions page (https://www.ada.fr/conditions/location.html).

They do have an office in Caen (https://www.ada.fr/location-voiture-caen.html).

(I have no affiliation with ADA and actually never used that service).


Best option in France is usually to go through collaborative renting platforms. The two mainstream ones are : - Drivy - Oui Car However ... even them ask you a minimum of 2 years permit : https://www.drivy.com/help/articles/ffffc5ffb4bf and https://www.ouicar.fr/info/conditions

So your best solution would be to find someone willing to take the risk through Leboncoin or ask people around.

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    So it's not a solution at all to the problem at hand, in what sense could it be "the best option"?
    – Relaxed
    Dec 27, 2019 at 18:13

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