Information on the Documents you will need to show in order to Hire and Drive a vehicle in the UKBriefly, we need to see (via Fax/E-mail) the following documents prior to entering into a Vehicle Hire Agreement with you;
- Drivers Licence or International Driving Permit
- 2 x Proof(s) of address, such as Electricity, Gas or other utility bill (UK Residents only)
At the time of hiring, you need to fax/e-mail your passport cover, and photo page to us.
At the time of picking up your vehicle, you need to present your passport.
To enter the UK, your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay, not simply the date of entry. British Immigration are very picky on this, so ensure your passport is fully up to date before travelling to the UK, or you will certainly be denied entry.
Please note that if you have entered into a Vehicle Hire Arrangement, and cannot take charge of your vehicle for whatever reason, then the full charge will still be incurred.
A full Driving Licence (not necessarily British) must be produced by the hirer and any other nominated drivers for inspection at the time of delivery. A full Driving Licence must have been in force for 12 months prior to the commencement of the hire (under 25's must have held a full driving licence for a minimum of 2 years) and be free from endorsements other than for speeding or technical offences.
Licence requirements for Larger Vehicles
There is no special licence requirements for any of the vehicles in our fleet, including all people carriers, minibuses and vans. You only need a special licence (known as a HGV) if you are driving a vehicle in excess of 2.5 tonnes, excepting buses. You can even drive a double-decker on an ordinary licence, though we don't hire any buses, per se.
In common with all Vehicle Hire Arrangements, and dictated largely by Insurance Company Requirements, the minimum age of any hirer is 22 years old and the maximum age is 70 years old (ages 71 to 75 need individual approval from our insurance company).
All drivers must of course be deemed competent to drive the vehicle of their choice. When arriving at the airport or port where you have arranged to pick-up your vehicle, please note YOU MUST NOT BE INTOXICATED, as Drink-Driving is an offence in the UK, and the limits for blood-alcohol may well be different to those in your own country.