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

My best friend is in culinary school here in Lexington and he’s been going through a tough time lately. He shares a birthday (September 9) with one of his food heroes—Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Col. Harland Sanders, and he mentioned he’d love to visit Col. Sanders’ grave in Louisville on “their birthday.” We’re both 24—can we rent a car to get there?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on Jul 04, 2022
We have good news for your friend (and you, we guess?)—you need to be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Kentucky, so you’ll be able to rent a car and book it to Louisville for your friend to celebrate his birthday in this not-at-all strange way.
Before you head on a birthday trip to remember, you’ll need to provide the following to rent a car in Kentucky:
  • 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 taken care of, head out on your fried chicken-fuelled, asphalt-burning ride from Lexington to Louisville (remember to bring some wet wipes to clean all that fried chicken grease from the steering wheel). You’ll be heading to Cave Hill Cemetery, where “Harland” is buried. It will be easy to find Col. Sanders’ grave—it features a marble bust of the Col. in all his bowtie-wearing glory, sculpted by his daughter!
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