Requirements for hire a car

Requirements for hire a car

You may have many questions regarding the requirements for renting a car in Malaga. We answer here some of the most recurring queries among customers, such as minimum age, driver’s licenses, as well as all the necessary documentation to rent a car.

What do you need to know to hire a car?

When looking for car hire options at Malaga airport there are a few things to consider, as you will not be able to hire a car if you do not meet the following requirements.

What type of driving licence is required?

To rent a car, both in Malaga and in Spain, you need a driving licence that is legible, in Roman characters and valid, i.e. not expired.

However, an international driving licence is also highly recommended. In case your licence is not issued by an EU country or is not regulated in English or Spanish, the authorities may ask you for this international permit.

EU countries

A large number of people arriving at Malaga airport come from countries such as Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark or Sweden, all of them EU (European Union) member countries. In this case, the driver’s licence is considered fully valid as long as it complies with the bureaucratic requirements mentioned above.

Non-EU member countries

In the case of non-EU countries, it is possible to rent a car with the driving licence of the country of origin, although it is important to emphasise that it must be in Roman characters for it to be accepted. If this is not the case, it must be accompanied by the international driving licence.

Is a UK driving licence valid in Spain?

Yes. Although the United Kingdom was left out of the European Union after Brexit and is not considered a member country of the entity, at CarGest we consider the UK driver’s licence to be fully valid.

What age is required to drive a hire car?

Minimum Age

The minimum age to hire a car with CarGest is 21 years old, so those under the age of 21 will not be able to be a registered driver on the contract. Also, depending on the group of vehicles to which the car to be rented belongs, the minimum age will vary up to 25 years, as reflected in the following table:

Minimum Age Vehicle Group
21 years A – C
23 years old D – G
25 years Other vehicle groups

You can check our vehicle groups here. In addition, a driving licence must have been held for at least 2 years. Therefore, a young or novice driver will not be able to rent a car or be listed as a registered driver on the contract.

Maximum age

For CarGest, there is no maximum age limit for renting a car, however, in the case of drivers over 75 years of age, they must contract our Premium pack.

What documentation do I need to hire a car?

A valid driver’s licence or driving licence is required. In addition to this, a valid passport or ID card and a valid credit or debit card are required. For more information, visit our article on payments, deposits and credit or debit cards.

How to hire a car at Malaga airport?

In Malaga there are a multitude of local car hire options, with the most common locations being the airport, Maria Zambrano train station, and some options in the city centre.

If you want to know how to hire a car at the airport you will see that it is very simple. Puedes elegir entre:

  • Go to our vehicles page, select the dates of your visit to the city, choose the car that best suits your needs, select the package you consider appropriate and book it with CarGest,
  • or visit our Malaga airport car hire page, in case you prefer to explore our website a little more in depth.

For more specific questions you can consult the FAQs on our website, where we explain in detail the most common doubts.

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