State of Florida

Florida has more than 80 million visitors every year. The state is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world with popular destinations like Orlando, Tampa, Clearwater, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Keys, St Augustine, and Panama City, just to name a few.

As a visitor to Florida you will find it valuable to know a little about what to expect as you travel around the state. Public transportation is not available in most places and therefore most visitors rent a car or are driven around by friends or family.

Renting a Car in Florida

To rent a car in Florida you will need to be at least 21 years old in most cases. Drivers that are under 25 will be charged extra fees by most companies and may have age specific restrictions.

Paying for Your Rental Car

If you are an American Citizen most rental car companies require a Credit or Debit card to rent a car.

International Drivers

If you are from another Country you will be required to pay with a credit card and supply proof that you have collision insurance. Before you head for the US check your auto insurance information. If your car insurance covers you driving in the US it will save you about $15 a day as you can opt out of the rental car company insurance.

Traffic and Parking Tickets

If you get a parking ticket, speeding ticket, or other traffic ticket you are expected to pay the fine and many rental car companies will charge you an administration fee of around $50.

Driving Laws

The Florida DMV (department of motor vehicles) manages the driving and traffic laws of the state of Florida.

Highway Help

If you are on a highway in Florida and your car breaks down you should carefully pull off the road on to the shoulder. Switch on emergency flashers, raise your hood and remain in your vehicle unless you think it will be struck from behind.

Never stand in front or behind your vehicle.

Call for assistance by dialing *FHP (*347) from your cell phone and you will be connected to the nearest Florida Highway Patrol station. You can also dial *FHP if you see an accident, a drunk driver or any other dangerous driving condition.