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Note: there is a one-time $5 fee for all applications.

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Both time and distance are charged on each trip.Tax is not included in the rates listed above. 8% NY sales tax and 12% NY special passenger car rental tax apply to hourly and mileage charges.  Two people can share an account with no additional membership fee. Application fee is per driver.


How Payments Work
Your card on file will be charged the exact amount of the trip (hours, distance, taxes and any fees) 5 days after your trip. You’ll also receive a monthly invoice which contains your membership fee (if applicable) and any fees not yet charged to your card. We do invoices in the first week of the month for the previous calendar month. You’ll get an email when they’re done (or a hard copy in the mail if you ask for it). If you don’t have a credit or debit card on file, you must pre-pay for trips.

Special Rates

Full Day Rate 

Most vehicles can be booked for full days at a reduced rate. Cars in our highest demand locations do not get the full day rate. The full day rate caps hourly charges at 10 hours in any 24 hour period. For trips over 24 hours, additional hourly or daily rates will be added as needed. For example, a 26 hour trip is one day plus 2 hours. Note that if any portion of your trip falls into the weekend time (Friday 5pm to Sunday 5pm) then the weekend day rates apply. Contact us at for additional discounts on trips over 48 hours.

Easy Access

Easy Access
 is a reduced-cost version of the It’s My Car monthly plan available to Tompkins County residents with income at or below 150% of the US Federal Poverty Guideline. Membership costs $10/month, paired with the regular hourly and mileage rates for It’s My Car.  Easy Access members get a monthly $15 driving credit that can be used for those hourly and mileage rates. Unused monthly credits roll over for up to 6 months. If you expect to use Ithaca Carshare very infrequently, you may still want to consider the Just in Case plan. If you or a household member are eligible for a different membership discount from your school or employer, you are not eligible for the Easy Access plan. The Easy Access plan has limited availability, and we may not be able to accept all requests at all times.

To start your application for Easy Access please submit evidence of your income eligibility by e-mailing  or mail to P.O. Box 418 Ithaca NY 14851. We’ll confirm receipt, then give you details about completing your application online.
Example documentation types:
– a benefits card or statement for Medicaid, (SNAP) food stamps or Free and Reduced Lunch
– your last two pay stubs.
– your most recent W-2

The average car owner spends $760 per month to finance, fuel, insure, and maintain their vehicle. The average Ithaca Carshare member spends around $100 per month.