How old do you need to be to rent a car in Iowa?

A good friend of mine is kind of a drifter and travels around, riding the rails and doing odd jobs along the way. He’s back in town and is dying to go to the National Hobo Convention, which is in Britt. I thought he was kidding, but it's a real thing. Anyway, neither of us has a car but we’re both in our mid-twenties—can we rent a car in Iowa?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on Jul 04, 2022
Good news for you and your friend—you need to be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Iowa, so if you’re both in your mid-twenties you’ll be able to rent a car without a problem.
Of course, besides being over 21 years of age, you’ll need to present a few things to rent a car and be on your way to the Hobo Convention:
  • A valid driver’s license with your photo on it
  • A credit or debit card to pay for the renter
  • Valid car insurance
Once that’s all settled, you’ll be free to head to Britt (about 2 hours north of Des Moines) in your rental—though don’t be offended if your hobo friend decides at the last minute to hitchhike or hop on a train.
The National Hobo Convention is an annual event dating back to 1900(!), held every August. It celebrates the hobo’s history as a migratory worker who’s willing to work to stay on the move. Every year, a hobo king and queen are named—and we’re pretty sure that this is your friend’s year.
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