Requirements for Renting FAQ | Avis Car Rental New Zealand

The minimum age to rent an Avis vehicle in New Zealand is 21 years.  Please note that an underage surcharge may apply to renters aged 21-24 years. Age exceptions may occur where they are part of a separate contractual agreement with Avis. Please check at time of booking to verify whether this surcharge applies.

Young drivers may be restricted from driving select specialty vehicles including Avis Signature Series.  

To drive an Avis vehicle in New Zealand, you must hold a current, full and valid driver licence appropriate for the vehicle you are using. A learner, provisional or restricted driver licence is not  accepted.

Pink-issued New Zealand Driver Licences, which are subject to special conditions as the result of a suspension or disqualification, are also not an accepted licence to rent with.

If your driver licence is not in English please see Do I need an international driver licence? below.

If your driver licence is in any language other than English, it must be accompanied by an approved translation such as an International Driver Permit, issued in accordance with a United Nations Convention on road traffic. An international drivers permit is not a stand-alone document and must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence. 

Translations must be provided by a NZ Transport Agency authorised translation service, or a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate. Chinese licences are acceptable as long as they are also accompanied with a full English translation from an approved translator. This also includes a notary translation done in China.

Only those people whose names are recorded on the Rental Agreement can drive an Avis vehicle.

When collecting the vehicle each driver must be listed on the Rental Agreement and they must each present a full, current, and valid drivers licence at time of collection.

Additional driver forms can be completed at the time of rental or at any Avis location once the rental has started.

We process a pre-authorisation for credit and debit cards for your estimated rental charges at the start of the rental and this may include an additional pre-authorisation of up to $200 NZD. This means funds to this value will not be available for use on your card. 

Final charges will be processed after completion of the rental and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released by your bank.

Please note that the pre-authorisation may take up to 7-10 business days to be released by your bank. Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.

Sometimes you might like to share the driving responsibilites and kick back while someone else takes the wheel. Only those people whose names are recorded on the Rental Agreement may drive an Avis vehicle. For more information on additional drivers including any applicable charges please click here.

To ensure the safety of you and your passengers as well as others, the use of seatbelts is mandatory in New Zealand. Children of certain weight ranges may be required to use an approved child safety seat. For more information on these seats please click here.

You must present a valid credit/debit card and a current, full and valid driver licence in your own name. Any additional drivers must also be present at the time of rental and provide a current, full and valid driver licence.

Your Rental Agreement details your personal information, your vehicle information, payment method, insurance coverages and rental preferences. Remember to read it carefully as it's a legal binding document.

A Rental Agreement is the document you sign prior to each rental. A Master Rental Agreement is signed when you join Avis Preferred. It details your contact information, preferred payment method, insurance coverages and rental preferences. It allows for faster handling of your reservation which means you can get on the road sooner.