Activate your Zipcard

activate your zipcard powers

activate your zipcard

welcome to the zipcar family!

We’re so pumped to have you join our worldwide community of car sharers.

Before you hop in the driver’s seat, you’ll need to activate your Zipcard. It’s your key (literally!) to thousands of cars in your city and around the world. Once it’s activated, the open road is all yours.


master the basics

Before you hit the road, read up on our six simple rules of car sharing.

  • report damages
    Report damages

    Inspect your Zipcar inside and out. Report damage, a dirty car, or low fuel so we know it wasn’t you.

  • fill it up
    Fill ‘er up

    Always leave at least 1/4 tank. (It’s on us!) Instructions are on the back of your Zipcard or watch the video at zipcar.com/how.

  • pets in carrier
    Pets in carriers

    Fido and Fluffy need to be kept in a pet carrier at all times. (No matter how cute they are.)

  • clean
    Keep it clean

    Take personal belongings with you when you go and throw away or recycle any trash.

  • no smoking
    No smoking

    Not even with all the windows down or all the doors open. Period.

  • returnm on time
    Return on time

    Don’t leave the next member hanging. Be on time (and avoid a $50 late fee). Text or use the app to see if you can extend.

How to use your Zipcard

  • 1

    Activate your Zipcard.

  • 2

    Once your card is activated, make a Zipcar reservation on our website or via the mobile app.

  • 3

    When it’s time for your reservation to begin, hold your Zipcard against the card reader on the front windshield.

  • 4

    Hold the Zipcard steady for a few seconds, and the doors will unlock.

  • 5

    Remember:The keys to the car should stay in the car. Always use your Zipcard to lock and unlock at the start or end of your reservation.

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