getting in to a zipcar

Who can join Zipcar?

When you join Zipcar you get access to thousands of our cars and vans. But before we can get your driving, it’s important to make sure that you’re eligible to join.
getting in to a zipcar

How old do I need to be to hire a car with Zipcar?

Drivers must be 23 years or older and have been driving for at least a year to be eligible for membership. 

People under the age of 25 can drive all cars in the Zipcar fleet. There is a surcharge applied to all drivers under the age of 25 at £1.50 per hour or £18 per day for Roundtrip and £0.04 per minute, £2 per hour and £14 per day. 

You can also apply to join Zipcar as an additional driver if you are 21 or older, have been driving for 2 years or more, and are part of an organisation that is a member of Zipcar for Business.

There is no maximum age limit for using Zipcar - people aged 75+ can hire a car with Zipcar if they meet the license requirements.


Can I hire a car with Zipcar with points on my licence?

You need to have a license with limited points, no major endorsements, no major violations and no alcohol and drug-related violations. On top of this, your points penalty limit is 3, unless aged between 30-74 then your limit is 6 points. You must be free from any major violations for 3 years and have had no alcohol or drug-related violations in 7 years.

Individual account eligibility


Can students drive Zipcars?

Students at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Bristol University are eligible for university accounts.  Providing you’re a student of one of the above universities applicants between 19-21 years old, who have been driving for 2 years or more, have no more than 3 points, no major endorsements, no major violations and no alcohol and drug related violations you’re eligible to join Zipcar. The same applies for drivers 21-29 but they only need to have held their license for more than a year.

University account elgibility requirements


What documents do I need to join Zipcar?

All you need is a valid UK drivers license. 


Do I need insurance to join Zipcar?

No - don’t worry as you don’t need to already have insurance to join Zipcar. Zipcar automatically includes insurance for all of its members.



Can I use Zipcar to learn how to drive?

Unfortunately due to insurance reasons we don’t allow learner drivers to use Zipcars and Zipcars cannot be used for driving tests.

Can new drivers hire a car with Zipcar?

Drivers over the age of 23 are only able to hire a car with Zipcar once they have held their licence for a year.

Can I drive a Zipcar on my friend’s account?

If you are an approved Zipcar member you are allowed to drive one of our cars or vans under a friend’s booking, subject to their approval. If you are not a member you are not allowed to drive a Zipcar under a friend or family’s account.

Can I join an existing account?

You can join an existing account by clicking here. Under ‘join as an individual’ select ‘join an existing account’. You will then be asked to enter the email address on the account you would like to join. Once the email address is confirmed you will be taken through the application process. When joining an existing account, the current member will be responsible for all billing matters, so you will not need any payment information.

Why Zipcar?

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Save money

We pay for fuel, parking, Congestion Charge and insurance – so you get access to a car without all the hassle of owning one!

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Rent a car locally

Zipcars live just around the corner. We've got the largest car sharing fleet in the UK (not that we're boasting) and you'll find us in cities across the UK. 

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Drive on-demand

Whatever you need wheels for, we’ve got them. Rent cars and vans by the minute, hour or day when and where you need them.

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Live greener

We’re the perfect addition to buses, trains and bikes for those times when you just need a car. We've also got hundreds of electric cars in our fleet.