How to Join

How to Join Zipcar in the United States & Canada

  1. Click here to review membership plan options and click Select plan to join. (Applying through a university? See below.)
  2. Create your account: Enter your first and last name, email and mobile phone number, plus create a password and click Create account.
  3. We'll ask you to take photo of yourself and your driver’s license to verify your identity and driving record. Most members are approved to drive within minutes. In some cases, it may take up to several days if we need to review your application, and we may need to request additional documentation.
  4. Once you’re approved, download the iPhone® or Android™ app and book Zipcars instantly. Use the app to unlock the car, but we’ll send you a Zipcard to keep with you just in case. You can view if your Zipcar requires a Zipcard to access it during booking.


If you are reactivating a previous membership, you may not be eligible for immediate approval and it may take up to several days to verify your driver’s license and driving record. If you still have your Zipcard, you do not need to wait for a new one to drive once you are approved. If you need a new Zipcard, you will need to wait to receive and activate your Zipcard before you can book Zipcars.

How to Join Zipcar Through Your University

If you're a student, faculty or staff member, or alumni at one of the hundreds of universities that have partnered with Zipcar, you can sign up through your school for a discounted rate and join Zipcar if you are 18 years or older.

  1. Search here to see if your university has an existing partnership with Zipcar.
  2. On your school’s page, click the Join button under either Student, Faculty/Staff or Alumni to apply for membership.
  3. Follow the directions to complete an application.


For students, faculty, and staff members, we’ll need to verify your school-issued email address when applying. More proof may be required after purchase.

How to Join A Business Plan

If you’re joining through a Business plan, you will still need to receive and activate your Zipcard before you can book Zipcars. Click the following links to get started:

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