Virginia

A nice place to drive where it's best to have an International Driving Permit.

Can tourists drive in Virginia?

Yes, tourists can drive in Virginia.1

Can you drive in Virginia with a foreign license?

Yes, a foreign license is valid in the State of Virginia.1

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Is an International Driving Permit required for tourists?

No, an International Driving Permit is not required by Virginia, but your home country‚Äôs driver’s license should be accompanied by a translation of the license.1

How long can you drive with a foreign license in Virginia?

There is not a length of time specified in the Virginia Driver’s Manual.1

How can a foreigner get a driver’s license in Virginia?

You do not need to get a Virginia driver’s license as a tourist (only if you intend to become a permanent resident).1

Does Virginia recognize the International Driving Permit?

Yes, the U.S. recognizes the International Driving Permit. However, the U.S. does not issue an International Driving Permit to visitors. Contact your local motor vehicle department or driver’s association to apply before traveling.2

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Renting a Car in Virginia

Can a foreigner rent a car in Virginia?

Yes, you can rent a car in Virginia.2

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Virginia?

There is no state law that sets a minimum age, which means the minimum age to rent a car is determined by the rental car company you choose (and how much they will charge you for being under 25.)

In Virginia:

Enterprise will rent cars to drivers age 21 or older for an additional fee determined by the local location where you pick up the car (on average it’s $20 per day).3

Hertz will rent cars to drivers age 20 or older for an additional daily fee, though they occasionally offer promotions and waive the fee.4

Budget will rent cars to drivers age 21 or older for an additional fee of $20 per day, though they occasionally offer promotions and waive the fee.5

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Rental Car Requirements in Virginia

In order to actually pick up your rental car, you will need:

If you rent with Enterprise, your regular driver’s license. IF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IS NOT IN ENGLISH and/or the letters are not English, an International Driving Permit is also required.6

If you rent with Hertz, you need to meet the age requirement, have a valid form of payment, and have a valid driver’s license. IF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IS NOT IN ENGLISH, an International Driving Permit is recommended.7

If you rent with Budget, you need a valid driver’s license, a passport, a credit or debit card for deposit, and a clean driving record. IF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE DOES NOT USE THE ROMAN ALPHABET FOR WRITING, the International Driving Permit is also required.8

Driving in Virginia

To view the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles driver’s manual, click here.

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