Tampa, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: Is it illegal to rent a rental car under your name for someone else

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Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • North Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Lots of questions come to mind: why can't this person get his own rental? Does he or she have a valid DL, etc.? A rental car contract is a civil matter. It can turn criminal if you fail to return the car, you can then be charged with a felony. Typically, rental car companies want to know who will be driving the vehicle. Bottom line, you should protect your interest. If the rental is under your name, you are responsible. That means any type of criminality can come back onto you.

Terrence James O'Sullivan and Michael Fayard agree with this answer

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: This is a contractual matter between you and the rental car company. They all make you sign off that you will be the only driver of the car, or you must list another driver by name. The wiggle area is if you have another person covered on your insurance policy. What if there is a crash and you failed to disclose the second driver. You may be responsible for the damages and your insurance company may deny coverage.

Not worth it.

Michael Fayard and Terrence James O'Sullivan agree with this answer

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