Most hire car companies will generally accept 6 points on a licence. Due to the latest change in regulations, external parties such as rental car agents are able to check your driving licence through an online portal. On the whole most rental car companies will not worry about a first fixed penalty offence for speeding, but may refuse to hire a car to you outright if it is a more serious offence. It is always worth checking with your car hire company at the time of rental for their specific terms and conditions.
Can I hire a car with 3 points on my licence?
In general car hire companies will ignore 3 points on your licence. You will need to declare them, but it shouldn’t be a barrier to you hiring a car. Car rental agents and other third parties are now able to view any endorsements on your licence through an online portal. This may be done at the point of booking and/or on collection of your hire vehicle. This is adding greater transparency to the issue around car hire and points on your licence.
Can I hire a car with 6 or more points on my licence?
The maximum amount of points a car hire company will usually except on your licence is 6 points. In most circumstances you would be able to hire the car as long as the offence is not a major one, such as drink driving or dangerous driving. In the past it was rare for rental agencies to ask to see the counterpart of your driving licence, which held the details of any endorsements. However since June 2015, an online system has been set up allowing car hire companies and other third parties permission to view any licence endorsements on line.
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