Van hire age and licence guidelines

We've compiled the information below to provide as at-a-glance guide to the different age, licence and mileage rules used by each of the main UK van hire companies. Young drivers should not despair either. We've listed the minimum age requirements for each company below; as long as you are over 21 you should be able to hire a van.

Please note that while we make every effort to keep this information up to date, we can't guarantee that it is correct. Please contact the hire company concerned directly if you have any questions.

Min. age

22 (surcharge applies to 22-25)

Max. age

Usually none but some branches limit age to 70/75

Driving license

Full UK licence held for at least one year and without any serious endorsements or recent disqualifications required.

Hourly hire

No

Mileage

No restrictions.

Min. age

21-25 (larger vans/trucks over 25 only)

Max. age

75

Driving license

Full, clean licence held for at least 1 year required.

Hourly hire

No

Mileage

No restrictions.

Overseas use

No

Min. age

22 (Surcharge applies to 22-25)

Max. age

74

Driving license

Full EU licence held for at least one year or appropriate International Driving Licence required - check with Europcar if unsure.

Hourly hire

Yes

Mileage

No restrictions.

Min. age

23-25 depending on model

Max. age

None specified

Driving license

Valid national drivers licence, held for at least one year required.

Hourly hire

3,6 & 9 hour hires are available.

Mileage

No restrictions.

Min. age

21-25 (under 25 SWB only, young driver charge applies)

Max. age

None

Driving license

Drivers must have held a full licence for at least 12 months. Drivers must have no more than 9 points, certain other restrictions apply to drivers with DD, DR or UT endorsements. Drivers aged 21-24 must have held a full licence for 24 months and have no endorsements.

Hourly hire

No

Mileage

No restrictions except for overseas use.

Min. age

Various

Max. age

Usually 75

Driving license

Full EU/UK licence held for at least one year required. Further restrictions may apply with some rental agents.

Hourly hire

No

Mileage

Unlimited mileage in most cases

Overseas use

Available on some vans. Check Rate Details when booking for specific examples.

General notes

  • Anyone with a new-style photocard license will also need to provide the paper part.
  • A deposit will be taken from your credit card before you leave - usually 200-300. This will be cancelled on the van\'s safe return.
  • Rental companies normally require 2 forms of ID, sometimes including a passport for non-UK nationals. You should be informed of the requirements when booking.
  • Remember to check the fuel policy - the most common setup is that you will be provided with a full tank and will have to return it full, or be charged an inflated price for the missing fuel.
  • Remember that most vans run on diesel - many hire companies will make you liable for the cost of sorting out any fuel mistakes. Filler caps are normally labelled with the fuel type - check.
  • Almost all hire vans up to and including Luton/box vans can be driven on a standard car license (Category B licence) as they will have a maximum gross/laden weight of 3.5 tonnes or less.
  • Anyone wishing to drive a 7.5t truck will need Category C1 entitlement on their licenses. If you took your car test before 01/01/1997, you should already have this. Anyone who has taken their car test since 01/01/1997 will need to take a separate category C1 test.

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