If you’re renting a car in Mexico, you will need to have a valid U.S. driver’s license, proof of civil liability car insurance and a valid credit card to reserve the rental and cover incidental costs. In order to rent a car in Mexico, you must be at least 21 years old and have held your license for a minimum of two years.
When renting a car in Mexico, your credit card may provide insurance, but you should buy the Mexican car insurance anyway. If you get in a car accident and don’t have Mexico car insurance, you might not be able to leave the country until the damage has been paid for. However, if your credit card provided insurance, the company should reimburse you when you get home regardless of whether you purchased additional insurance. Read the credit card coverage benefits and limitations before leaving home.
When you rent a car in Mexico, look the car over before you sign the rental agreement, and have the agent write down every scratch or non-working part on the vehicle or you’ll have to pay for those scratches and parts when you return the car. It’s worth taking photos of every single scratch on the car before you get in to use as proof in case the companies try to claim you caused the damage.