Car rental experts needed!

Oct 15th, 2010, 12:31 PM
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Car rental experts needed!

I've been tracking prices from AutoEurope and Kemwel for our summer trip to France. I just noticed while reading through the terms and conditions on a couple that they require you have held a drivers license for at least 3 years. I have had one since I was 16 of course but got curious and pulled mine out. It was issued June 2009; only 2 years by the time we go on our trip. Is this a concern? Do they really base this on when your license was last issued even though it was a renewal (I do realize this is a different country and they may not know about our renewal policies)? I'm only having a little freak out that we will have to change the entire scope of our trip!

Thanks for any assistance.
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Oct 15th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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You are worried about nothing. I'm sure licenses get "renewed" everywhere, meaning almost nobody would be able to rent a car.

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Oct 15th, 2010, 12:48 PM
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Of course they're not talking about when the license was renewed. Some people have to renew their licenses every year.

If you're under 21 or 25 I would call AutoEurope and ask if there are any age restrictions and do reveal the country you'll be driving in so they can give you exact information.
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Oct 15th, 2010, 01:08 PM
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Much older than 25 so no issues there.

My license says Expires 6-13-2014, Issued 6-4-2009 then birthdate. Doesn't say anything about a renewal and doesn't have the first issue date anywhere so that was why I am worried.
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Oct 15th, 2010, 01:52 PM
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I've rented in Italy and France and never had a problem with this. However, it was a problem for someone who discussed it on Slow Trav recently. You may want to read through the thread-

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Oct 15th, 2010, 02:54 PM
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hi trv,

>Is this a concern? <

NO. On my last trip I had a license that had been renewed less than 1 year earlier.

Enjoy your visit.

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