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What Do I Need to Rent a U-Haul

December 15th, 2017 - 10:49 AM

What are the U-Haul rental requirements?

If you’re considering U-Haul truck rental, it’s important to know the things needed to rent a truck. Make sure you have the right license, credit card and other requirements in place before reserving a move.  There are things they require, along with other considerations like deposits and fuel costs. Or you can avoid the rental requirements and driving a truck altogether by moving with U-Pack. It’s a “you pack, we drive” service that’s comparable with truck rental, but you don’t have to have a license or credit card. Get a free moving quote to compare, or keep reading to see if you have everything you need to rent a U-Haul.


U-Haul rental requirements


The things needed to rent a U-Haul truck

According to U-Haul’s website, there are several requirements to reserve a truck, including being 18 years old and having a driver’s license.

How old do you have to be to rent a U-Haul?

While you can rent a U-Haul trailer at age 16, to rent and drive a U-Haul moving truck, you need to be at least 18 years old. Read more about renting a U-Haul trailer.

Is a driver’s license required?

If you meet the age limit, the next requirement is a valid driver’s license. Since you drive the truck, U-Haul requires a current license, which can be from:

  • One of the 50 states
  • The District of Columbia
  • The military
  • A Canadian province
  • A foreign country

Do you need a credit card?

For online or phone reservations, a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) is required to hold the reservation. Upon pickup, you can pay via credit, debit or cash, and the total estimated charges are due when the equipment is picked up. No deposit is required if paying by major credit or debit card, but for cash rentals, the deposit rates are $100 for in-town rentals or the estimated rental charges, whichever is greater. One-way rentals will require a $100 deposit plus the rental rate as a deposit.  

Do you need insurance to rent a U-Haul?

U-Haul offers optional damage coverage since in most cases credit cards and auto insurance policies do not cover the trucks or trailers. If you opt out of purchasing additional damage coverage, you are financially responsible for the equipment and any damages.

Other things you’ll need when renting a U-Haul

While these aren’t requirements to rent, they are additional things you can expect when moving with U-Haul:

  • Environmental fee and taxes. U-Haul charges an environmental fee with each rental, and in most areas, local and state taxes are applied. Check with the local U-Haul location to determine these costs.
  • Fuel. U-Haul rates don't include the cost of fuel for the trip, and for a long-distance move, those costs can outweigh the truck rental rate. Determine fuel costs with this rental truck fuel calculator. Keep in mind that before returning it you’ll also need to fill up the tank to its level at pick-up.  

U-Pack®: the affordable truck rental alternative

If you’re unable to meet U-Haul’s rental requirements, or if you’re interested in moving without driving or paying for fuel, U-Pack is a do-it-yourself moving company, where you pack and load but don’t have to drive. After factoring in the extra costs, U-Pack is often comparable in price.

And while we can use a credit card to reserve a U-Pack move, if you don’t have a credit card, you can still pay for a U-Pack move via PayPal. We take the hassle out of the requirements to move.

Get a U-Pack moving quote to check prices. Enter the details of the move (origin, destination, size of the home, and move date), and we’ll show you a price. For any questions or help getting a moving quote, leave a comment or call us at 800-413-4799.

Even more U-Haul information

7 Things You Should Know about U-Haul before Renting a Truck 

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Frequently Asked Questions about U-Haul Truck Rental


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