Reserving a Moving Truck: What are the Rental Requirements?

Need a moving truck rental? Before trying to set up a reservation, you need to make sure you meet the requirements to rent a truck from a major moving company. There are multiple pieces to think about involving age, identification, and possible deposit at the time of pick up. Here’s what you need to know based upon our requirements and comparing it to other companies.

What is the Minimum Age to Rent a U-Haul Truck?

A customer must be 18 years of age to rent a truck. Typically, other rental companies have the same requirements. In some cases, companies set the minimum age at 24 years old or older but allow drivers 18-23 years of age to rent for an additional fee.

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Does U-Haul Check for a Valid License?

Yes, U-Haul checks for a valid driver’s license. A government-issued driver’s license is required to rent our trucks and trailers. If the license is from one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, a Canadian province, the military, or a foreign country it should be accepted. To rent from U-Haul or any other company, another form of identification (credit or debit card, valid U.S. passport, paycheck, ex.) will be needed on top of your valid driver's license.

Do You Need a CDL to Drive a U-Haul Truck?

A commercial driver’s license is not required. U-Haul truck rentals are not considered commercial vehicles; therefore, a commercial driver’s license or special endorsement is not required. This is the standard among rental companies. The only exception to this rule is in Quebec, Canada, where you must have a Class 3 Driver’s License (similar to a Commercial Driver’s License, or CDL) to operate our 26-foot truck.

Can You Rent a U-Haul with a Temporary License?

Yes, you can rent a U-Haul with a temporary license. We suggest always bringing multiple forms of identification when you go to pick up your rental to verify your identity and avoid any issues.

Do You Need a Credit Card to Reserve or Rent U-Haul Equipment?

That depends. When making a reservation online it’s required to use an American Express, Discover, Mastercard or Visa, but you are not required to use a credit card when paying for your rental. The exception being that major credit cards are required at the time of pick up for cargo van rentals and pickup truck rentals and will be authorized at that time. However, a valid credit or debit card with a major credit card logo will also need to be presented in the name of the renter.

Do I Have to Pay a Deposit When Renting a U-Haul Truck?

Whether you pay a deposit depends on your method of payment. No deposit is required if you’re paying by major credit card. If you’re paying with cash, the following is due when you pick up your equipment:

  • In-Town truck - $100 or estimated rental charges (whichever is greater)
  • One-Way truck - $100 plus rental rate Other rental companies also ask for a deposition based on the rented vehicle.

Does U-Haul Charge for Additional Drivers?

U-Haul does not charge for an additional driver. Other rental companies will allow you add additional drivers for an additional fee ranging from $10-$15. All companies will require the additional driver(s) to show a valid, acceptable driver’s license and form of identification just like the main driver.

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