Renting a Moving Truck: Requirements and Steps

If you plan on renting a moving truck for your upcoming move, there are some requirements that you must meet before you can simply drive away in the truck. While many rental moving truck companies are easy to rent from, there are the basic requirements that most have. If you want to learn more about specific requirements for your area, you will need to call your local moving truck rental company and inquire. Below, we will go over some of the basic requirements you need to have.

  1. Age Requirement

In most state, you will need to be at least 18 years of age to drive the truck. When it comes to renting the truck, some states allow you to be 18 while others require you to be 21 and sometimes, 25 to rent the truck.

If you are interested in renting a trailer for the back of your vehicle, you may not need to meet the same requirements to rent a truck. In fact, some states will allow you to rent a trailer if you are 16 years of age.

  1. Insurance Requirement

Since insurance is required to operate a motor vehicle, you will need to have insurance before you can rent a truck. Typically, you will need to provide proof of insurance before you are allowed to sign the rental contract. There are usually no limits on the amount of insurance you carry as long as you meet the state’s minimum insurance requirements.

You will find that many moving truck rental companies do offer you additional insurance to protect you in the event of an accident. You do not need to purchase this insurance, but you can.

  1. Must Provide ID and Prepay

All moving truck companies will require you to show a valid form of identification to rent the truck and to complete the contract. If you do not have a valid ID, then you do not even want to attempt to rent the truck. In most cases, you will need to provide your driver’s license, but some places may accept other forms of identification.

In addition to showing your ID, you will need to pay for the truck rental and any estimated mileage you plan to travel. This payment amount is due when you rent the truck and if you go over the mileage amount, the amount will be due when you return the truck. Likewise, if you go under the amount you estimated, you will receive a refund for the portion that was not used.

If you plan to rent a moving truck, you need to make sure you fully understand the requirements to rent one. Most moving truck rental companies will allow anyone to drive the truck as long as they have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and can reasonably maneuver and drive the truck. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact your local moving truck rental company.