[NFBWATLK] Renting a car as a blind Washingtonian

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Mon Jun 17 23:53:15 UTC 2019

In the 1990s I had to file a complaint with the U.s. Department of Justice for a rental car company to let me rent a car using a licensed sighted driver who was in his 30s.  Scott LaBarre represented me in that case, which resolved in my favor.  I did not have to deal with a young driver issue, though.


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From: NFBWATLK <nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Jamal Mazrui via NFBWATLK
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Subject: [NFBWATLK] Renting a car as a blind Washingtonian

In the state of Washington, can a blind person over 21 (with government ID), rent a car that would be driven by a driver who is 18?  The driver has a license from New York.

A brother of mine, who is also blind, will be visiting for a few days this summer, along with his son, who has a NY driver license.  If possible, I would like to rent a car, e.g., from SeaTac airport, for which I would pay during their visit, but which would be driven by my nephew.

Based on web searches, it seems that one has to be at least 21 to rent a car in Washington.  Although I have not done so myself before, I recall that, under ADA, a blind person, who is otherwise qualified, can rent a car.  I do not know, however, what conditions must be met for the driver of the car.

Any clarifications or links would be appreciated.


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