Will my criminal record cause me a problem if I want to hire a car?

With the summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about hiring a car to head off on your holidays. But, how likely are you to run into problems if you have a criminal record? We’ve just produced some new information which will hopefully clarify this for you.

Car rental companies in the UK are legally required to check your full driving licence before they will allow you to hire a car. So if you have an unspent motoring conviction it’s likely that you’ll find it more difficult to hire a car from one of the larger car hire companies.

It’s much better news if you have an unspent non-motoring conviction as very few hire companies will ask about these. However, we’d always recommend that you check the small print of any hire agreement or insurance documentation.

More information

  1. For practical information – More information on hiring a car if you have a criminal recordmotoring offences and insurance
  2. To discuss this with others – Read and share your experience on our online forum
  3. Questions – If you have any questions about this you can contact our helpline.
Debbie Sadler