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Old 05-29-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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I have never had a problem renting a car.

I have had friends who have been barred by certain agencies as tehy have had some serious moving violations (read that as DUIs and/or reckless driving convictions).

Also, violating rental car agreements can also get you banned from that agency.
It amazes me how people try to "get over" and tempt fate. Do people really think, with today's technology and easy access to DL info, that these companies are just going to hand over their expensive inventory to just anybody, without checking?
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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It amazes me how people try to "get over" and tempt fate. Do people really think, with today's technology and easy access to DL info, that these companies are just going to hand over their expensive inventory to just anybody, without checking?
In the OLD days, it was a lot more difficult for a rental car agency to determine if they were renting to a problem driver. That is NO LONGER the case.

Food for thought. In 2013, there are THREE major rental car companies - Hertz (Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar), Avis (Avis, Budget), and Enterprise (Enterprise, Alamo, National). If you start getting banned from an agency or two, it may be difficult to rent a car.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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Cool Enterprise does not check DMV records

I know this is an old post, but to update, Enterprise only asks to see your license, they do not run a DMV check, I just rented a car this summer with a suspended license with no problems, and a prepaid rent a card.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:01 PM
 
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No judgements, just be aware of the possible issues. Even assuming that the car is in your friend's name, if they find out that an unauthorized/undeclared driver was operating vehicle, that's big trouble for your friend. Getting a ticket or getting into an accident (even if someone else is at fault) while you're behind the wheel with a suspended license could mean BIG trouble for both of you.

I would not recommend you getting behind the wheel of that car at all.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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So I have a person with a similar name (different middle and spelling of first) and same DOB. He lives in Texas and has a DUI. I have seen his name pop up in background checks. My driving record is spotless and I live in WA. What is the likelihood that a rental car company will do a shoddy driving check and get him rather than my spotless one. Of course DL numbers will be different but if its a simple name and DOB I could be screwed
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:48 PM
 
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So I have a person with a similar name (different middle and spelling of first) and same DOB. He lives in Texas and has a DUI. I have seen his name pop up in background checks. My driving record is spotless and I live in WA. What is the likelihood that a rental car company will do a shoddy driving check and get him rather than my spotless one. Of course DL numbers will be different but if its a simple name and DOB I could be screwed
They pull the DMV abstract. If you use a credit card, they don't even do that.
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Thanks.

What is a DMV abstract? Just curious. I will be using a credit card and will only be an auth driver. The actual rental will be in my wifes name
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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It looks like a DMV abstract is something from the state. If that is the case, I would be fine anyway. Its just those stupid public record scouring sites that sometimes find my evil twin (s). Yes I have a convicted felon in one state and an idiot with a DUI in another. I have never even had a speeding ticket or been arrested. I have a name that is common. Think Bob Smith common (though its not Bob Smith)
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:29 PM
 
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Thanks.

What is a DMV abstract? Just curious. I will be using a credit card and will only be an auth driver. The actual rental will be in my wifes name
FYI--both the renter and authorized driver need to have a credit card in their name with a lot of the rental agencies.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:19 PM
 
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So I have a person with a similar name (different middle and spelling of first) and same DOB. He lives in Texas and has a DUI. I have seen his name pop up in background checks. My driving record is spotless and I live in WA. What is the likelihood that a rental car company will do a shoddy driving check and get him rather than my spotless one. Of course DL numbers will be different but if its a simple name and DOB I could be screwed
Rental car companies do not do a background check as we know it. They don't even do a motor vehicles dept check as we know it. What they do is subscribe to an electronic service that maintains adverse notices on drivers licenses.

These adverse notices are items that a participating state has reported to the service. Common items are revocations, suspensions, special restrictions and DUIs if the state reports them. Its really up to the participating state to decide how much information is released to the service. It's not uncommon for some states to do batch reporting which can be once a day, once a week or even once a month. These service usually are license specific which means its the license number that is being matched, not your name or anything else.

When you go to the rental counter, they may enter your drivers license number and the system will scan for your state and license number and report back anything on file that is flagged. Some rental companies are using the newer license readers where they swipe or scan the license and it automatically retrieves any notices. At some places, if you watch them carefully, you will see they lay the license on the counter in a specific spot each time. This is so a picture of the face of the license can be recorded.

In today's age of technological advances, I would just assume they can and are checking even if they weren't checking last week.
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