Can I hire a car without my driving licence?

It is inadvisable to turn up to a rental desk without your driving licence. However, if you have misplaced it you may still be able to hire a car without your licence.

Can I hire a car if I've misplaced my licence?

It may still be possible to rent a car if you've misplaced your licence*. Car rental companies are permitted to contact the DVLA, who can fax a copy of your licence (at a fee) to a number anywhere in the world - but be aware that this service is only available during DVLA opening hours (8am-7pm, Monday to Friday and 8am-2pm on Saturdays). You can contact the DVLA from overseas on +44 (0)300 083 0013.

If you've simply not got a copy of your paper licence or photo card, you can plan ahead by registering yourself for GOV.UK's free service which enables you to share your driving licence online 24/7. See how to do this, below.

How to access your driving licence information 24/7 online

  1. Set up your View Driving Licence Service through GOV.UK - all you'll need is your driving licence number and your National Insurance number
  2. Click on ‘Share your licence’. You will be given a code unique code which allows a third-party temporary access to your driving history. Alternatively, you can download a summary document and send it to the car hire company
  3. Present the code to the car hire company and they will be able to check your history before you proceed to hire a car

*This does not, however, mean that the car hire company is obligated to allow you to hire a car without a copy of your licence - so if you can, speak to your car hire company before you travel.

Why choose a policy from insurance4carhire?

Excess cover is often offered when you pick up your rental car, but at a high cost - between £9 and £20 per day. A policy from insurance4carhire will cost you from £12.79 per trip or from £46.99 per year* and will cover your excess - up to £6,500 per claim. 

About the author

Adam Summersby - blog author, car hire excess insurance business unit directorThis is a marketing article from insurance4carhire by our car hire excess insurance business unit director, Adam Summersby. Adam is a respected leader with 11 years’ varied experience in niche personal and commercial lines insurance, including caravan, site operators and excess reimbursement, with proficiency in leadership, sales and account management.

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