I've been searching with relatively little success for an answer to this slightly complicated question so thought I'd see if anyone here had any thoughts. I have a UK Driver's License for Automatic Transmission cars. Why? Because I exchanged my license from a Canadian one and the UK won't license you to drive a manual in those circumstances unless you can prove you took your test on a manual (got to love bureaucracy). Plus, I drive an automatic here. I'm heading to France with a buddy from the US in a few weeks and we're looking to rent a car. We're unable to find an automatic to rent so it will have to be a manual. Easy, we thought - my buddy will just rent it and he's happy to do the driving. The problem is, he doesn't own a credit card (he resolutely refuses to get one and does everything by debit card) so they wouldn't rent to him because rental car companies will only take domestic debit cards. So we thought that I could rent on my card, add him as an additional driver and be fine but I'm slightly concerned that they will tell me that I can't actually rent a manual because my license doesn't authorize me to drive one in the UK and so we're in a catch 22 (I can't rent because of the license restriction and he can't rent because of the credit card issue). I rent cars all the time in the US and Canada but it's never an issue there because everything's automatic but wondering if this could prove a problem on the continent, where they may also be more familiar with European driving restrictions... Thoughts?