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Hop Van Rentals

*** NOTE: the Hop Van rental program has been temporarily suspended, and will not be fully resumed until the University enters Phase 3 of its published "Return to Campus" guidelines (viewable at  Exceptions may be requested by emailing and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis including consideration of operational need plus ability to maintain distancing guidelines. ***



The following groups and departments have access to the Hop Van program:

  • Staff and Academic Departments of Johns Hopkins University
  • Student groups affiliated with Student Affairs, Student Engagement, and Student Leadership and Involvement
  • Student groups affiliated with the Center for Social Concern


Driver Certification Program

Any student wishing to drive Hop Vans must first be certified with Transportation Services. The process can take up to a couple weeks to complete.  The process is as follows:

  • Be in possession of a valid, unexpired US drivers' license without a recent history of violations or accidents, and no history of alcohol-related violations or accidents.
  • Take the online course, available at
  • Take a screenshot of the passing score.
  • Print a copy of this waiver and complete it as follows:
    • ensure you list your full and complete name -- first, middle if you have one, and last;
    • use your permanent address (i.e. the one that is associated with your drivers' license), and be sure to include the ZIP code;
    • hand-sign the form rather than simply typing your name into the signature line.
  • E-mail a scan or a legible photo of the completed waiver, along with the screenshot of the passing test score, to
  • Once the records check is complete, you will be provided contact information for scheduling your vehicle orientation and road test.

Note that the records check can take several business days, and available timeslots for the vehicle orientation and road test are limited -- so allow up to a couple weeks to complete the certification process from start to finish.

Faculty and Staff of Johns Hopkins University are exempt from the certification process and must only display a valid, unexpired drivers' license upon arriving to check out their reserved van.


Reserving a Hop Van

To request a van, fill out the request form below. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow 1-2 business days for a response to your request. Rental costs are $15 per day plus $0.65 per mile driven.

If you are looking to reserve vans on a regular schedule for an entire semester, please email your needs to before filling out the request form.

The van rental request form requires the following information:

  • Date and time requested. Be very specific and make sure to include AM and PM on your times. 
  • Number of passengers to be transported in the van. Hop Vans seat 7 - 8 passengers each, including the driver.
  • Cost Center and Fund (budget codes). Requests without this information are not honored. If you are not sure of this information, please see the financial administrator or treasurer for your group. 
  • Your name, local phone number, title or position and email address.
  • Driver's name(s) and phone number(s). All student drivers must be van certified by the Johns Hopkins University prior to making a reservation.
  • Your destination and distance from the Homewood Campus.
  • Your purpose.  Is this a social event, retreat, service project, etc.

If you have not heard back regarding your rental request after 2 business days, you can follow up by calling (410) 516 7275 during normal business hours and asking for the Hop Van rental desk.


Overnight and Long Distance Requests

Because of the increased risk involved in overnight (i.e. multi-day) trips, before a reservation can be confirmed, you may need to provide more information than what is requested on our form. This may include a written statement regarding the purpose of your trip, the names and contact information of all persons traveling in the van, contact information for where the group will be staying, etc. The initial request may be made via the same process as above, and you will be contacted for additional information as required.  Groups should ensure they have several certified drivers for each van available for long trips (i.e. more than two hours' distant from the Homewood campus), and should be prepared to use outside sources should the request not be approved.

Hop Vans are not available for trips outside of a radius of approximately 150 miles from the Homewood campus.  Beyond that threshold, we do not have the means to offer emergency transportation and roadside support in the event of a vehicle breakdown or other problem.  We recommend seeking the services of a national vehicle rental agency for trips to destinations beyond 150 miles from campus.


Need a Larger Vehicle or Have Other Travel Needs?

Visit JHU's travel page for assistance


Van Rental Request Form

Van Rental Policies and Procedures (PDF)

In case of an accident, click here

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