The Right Driver’s License to Rent a Moving Truck

May 30, 2023

A question that arises is; are all driver’s licenses created equal? The simple answer is no, not by a long shot. Numerous classes and types of driver’s licenses vary by country, state, and province. Also, the type of vehicle they enable you to legally operate.

For example, a class M license in one state may allow you to drive a motorcycle. While a class E license in another state allows you to do that. Meanwhile, in other states, a class E license allows you to drive a passenger vehicle, even though most states give a class D license that permission. If that’s not confusing enough, Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) add even more classes to the mix and allow people to drive semi-trucks and other large vehicles. But you probably don’t care about all those details, do you?

All we care about is that people need to use one of these licenses to rent a moving truck, and we need to know which licenses allow you to do so. Luckily, a normal driver’s license that allows you to drive a passenger vehicle will allow you to rent a moving truck from us. What does “normal” mean? Here are some specifics:

Drivers License that is acceptable

If you’re still unsure whether your license will work, look at it and see what “class” it is. Once you know that, check the list below to see if the state it was issued by is listed under that class. This list is not all-inclusive but notes the most common license for each state that will work. For example, if your license says it is a class C and was issued by California, it would work to rent a truck.

US and Canada Driver’s License Specifics

United States

Class 3: Hawaii

Class C: California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming

Class D: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin

Class E: Florida, Louisiana, West Virginia

Class F: Missouri

Class O: Nebraska

Class R: Mississippi

Driver’s License: Virginia, Washington

Operator’s License: Indiana, Michigan, Rhode Island, South Dakota


Class 5: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territories

Class 5F: Manitoba

Class G: Ontario

A valid driver’s license means you’re halfway to getting a moving truck! Truck Share 24/7, our self-service program, allows you to rent a moving vehicle right from your phone. Download our app, create an account, select the truck you need, take a selfie, and a photo of your license without waiting in line or speaking to a representative. The Self-Pick-Up and Self-Return options allow you to move on your time and no one else’s.

If you have further questions regarding which licenses will work in your area, we recommend finding a location near you and giving them a call. By speaking with someone local, they will be familiar with the license classes in your area. This way, you can be provided with the best information possible.

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