When the car is actually picked up by the renter, the agent that they are dealing with will request a valid driver’s license and will go over the paperwork involved stating the rate charged, the requirements if there are any specific ones to be noted, and will then offer and strongly recommend taking out additional insurance. It pays for one to at least listen for possible advantages to take it and apply them to their particular situation so that an informed judgement can be made. At this point they will present their credit or debit card for copy and will then proceed outside to go over the condition of the car together with the agent. This can be an extremely important step, as one does not want to be blamed for any existing scratches or dents when they return the vehicle.
The process sounds a bit involved to rent a car for a day, but in actuality it is completed very quickly. The agents handling the proceedings are used to doing it over and over and they realize the customer is normally in a hurry to move on.