Document and Company Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Aug. 05, 2019
Document And Entity Information    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 001-38047  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Entity Tax Identification Number 45-0491516  
Entity Address, Address Line One 5501 Headquarters Drive  
Entity Address, City or Town Plano  
Entity Address, State or Province TX  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 75024  
City Area Code 972  
Local Phone Number 801-1100  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, $.01 Par Value  
Trading Symbol RCII  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   54,270,026
Entity Registrant Name RENT A CENTER INC DE  
Entity Central Index Key 0000933036  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false