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. Any other non-credit card without one of these logos is not accepted. (Discover not accepted in Canada)
Please review the following guidelines:
When renting in the US, Debit/Check cards are accepted for customers with proof they have deplaned or disembarked at the rental location. Customers must have proof of a ticketed return or outbound trip from the location where the vehicle will be returned on an airline, cruise ship or train. For customers not deplaning or disembarking at the rental location and/or do not have evidence of a return or outbound trip, Debit/Check cards are only accepted as a form of payment at the time of return. This applies to all airport, sea port, train and bus station locations in the US and Canada.
Other than the renter’s spouse or domestic partner, no other additional drivers are allowed if using a Debit card for the deposit at the time of pick-up.
When renting in Puerto Rico, a credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of pick-up. Debit/Check cards are accepted only for payment at time of return.
Canada, a credit card in the name of the renter must be presented at the time of rental.
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.