Can I rent a car without a credit card?

 

Renting a car with a Credit Card:

The credit card must be presented with available credit, in the renter's name. The signature must match the name imprinted on the card. In addition, if the renter has an online transaction, the number and name printed on the card presented by renter must match the name and number stored for the online transaction.

If you need to update the credit card you have on your Emerald Club Profile, please see this FAQ: How do I update or change the credit card on my profile?

Credit Cards honored: American Express®, MasterCard®, VISA®, Discover® Network, JCP (Japan Credit Bureau).

Puerto Rico: The following credit cards are accepted for rentals in Puerto Rico: American Express, MasterCard, VISA, Diners Club and Discover Network.

Canada: The following credit cards are accepted for rentals in Canada: American Express®, MasterCard®, and VISA®

Renting a car with a Debit Card:

Debit/Check cards are considered to be any non-credit card bearing the VISA, Mastercard® or Discover logo. Pre-paid cards or any other non-credit card without one of these logos are not accepted. (Discover not accepted in Canada.)

At airport locations, debit card deposits are only accepted at the time of rental if accompanied by a ticketed return travel itinerary. The name and address shown on the renter’s driver’s license must match their current home address. Active duty military personnel are exempt from address requirements. Other than the renter’s spouse or domestic partner, no other additional drivers are allowed.  At the time of rental, charges will be placed on the debit card which reduces the available funds in the account associated with the card used. Renter is responsible for any overdraft fees incurred. Disembarking passengers will be asked to provide a credit card or debit card with funds to cover the cost of the rental. Renters without a ticketed return travel itinerary will need to provide a credit card with sufficient funds to cover the cost of the rental plus $200. Debit cards are only accepted at the time of rental if accompanied by a ticketed return travel itinerary.

Renting a car with Cash:

Cash is not accepted as a deposit at the beginning of a rental at any location. For security reasons, many locations do not accept cash at any time.

 

Renting a car with a Gift / Prepaid Card:

Is considered a gift certificate bearing the Visa, MasterCard or American Express logo. National only accepts gift cards for final payment upon return of the rental vehicle. Gift cards are not acceptable as a form of deposit. Gift Cards are not accepted in Latin America or the Caribbean.

 

Renting a car with a Money Order:

National will accept money orders as a form of payment. They are handled in the same manner as a cash rental.

 

Renting a car with a Virtual Credit Card:

National does not accept online-only, virtual credit cards or any other type of "single-use" card number security product or one-time use credit card number that may be provided by credit card companies for online use.

National shall not assume responsibility or liability in connection with the use of on-line only, virtual credit cards or any other type of "single-use" card number security product or one-time use credit card number that may be provided by credit card companies for online transactions. National shall have no obligation to honor transactions made with such cards.

 

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