USA & Canada driving licence requirements

Whether you're planning a short break, or a longer road trip, here you can find everything<br/>you need to know about hiring a car with Alamo in North America.

What are your driving licence requirements in the USA and Canada?

When renting in the USA and Canada, it is important that you check what the licencing laws are in the state or states where you intend to travel to ensure that you are fully compliant. The following practices will help to ensure that you are presenting a facially valid licence at the time of rental.

Non-United States or Canadian citizens

If you are non-United States or Canadian citizen, you will need to present the following when renting with Alamo:


  • A valid driving licence from your country of residence, and
  • If your licence is in a language other than English, an International Driver's Permit is recommended, but not required, for translation purposes.
  • If your licence is in a language other than English and the letters are not English (i.e. alphabet is not an extended Latin-based alphabet like German or Spanish but is Russian, Japanese, Arabic, etc.) an International Driver's Permit is required.
  • If an International Driver's permit cannot be obtained, another professional, type-written translation may be substituted. In either case your licence must also be presented.
  • You cannot rent a vehicle solely with the International Driver's Permit. The International Driver's Permit is a translation of your driving licence and is not considered a licence nor is it considered valid identification.
  • In some locations, including but not limited to offices in Arizona, California, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas, you may be asked to provide additional valid government-issued documentation.

Important to note

  • Photocopies of driving licences are not accepted.
  • Provisional licences or 'Learner's Permits' are not accepted.
  • Any licence which, on its face, restricts the licencee to the use and operation of a vehicle equipped with a form of a breathalyser apparatus is not accepted.

Try the Alamo Gold package

If you're hiring a car in North America, Alamo Gold should be your first choice. You get:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Full tank of fuel
  • 3 additional drivers
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • $1 million liability coverage
  • Zero excess in the USA

Learn more about our Alamo Gold car rental package


Why choose Alamo Rent A Car?

With great value, service to match and more than 1,500 rental locations at airports and train stations throughout North America's most popular tourist destinations, Alamo Rent A Car is the brand families and holidaymakers trust with their holiday car hire.