Who Makes the Law About the Driving Age

Updated: Nov 17, 2020


Many young adults are anxious for the day they can get their driver's license.


In each state, there is a law which says how old they have to be to get a permit and then what they need to do in order to get the full license.


These standards are actually different state to state, because this is not a law the federal government has created.


In fact, each state's legislation gets to decide what they want it to be, and each state legislation could change this if they wanted to (and willing to go through the process of passing a change to the law).


The age you have to be to get a full license varies from 16 to 18 years old, depending on the state you are in (the rules about permits and how long to be practice driving varies as well).


The full list of the age you must be to get your full license is:

Alabama: 17

Alaska: 16, 6 mos.

Arizona: 16, 6 mos.

Arkansas: 18

California: 17

Colorado: 17

Connecticut: 18

Delaware: 17

District of Columbia: 18

Florida: 18

Georgia: 18

Hawaii: 17

Idaho: 16

Illinois: 18

Indiana: 18

Iowa: 17

Kansas: 16, 6 mos.

Kentucky: 17

Louisiana: 17

Maine: 16, 9 mos.

Maryland: 18

Massachusetts: 18

Michigan: 17

Minnesota: 17

Mississippi: 16, 6 mos.

Missouri: 18

Montana: 16

Nebraska: 17

Nevada: 18

New Hampshire: 18

New Jersey: 18

New Mexico: 16, 6 mos.

New York: 17 w/classes or 18

North Carolina: 16, 6 mos.

North Dakota: 16

Ohio: 18

Oklahoma: 16, 6 mos.

Oregon: 17

Pennsylvania: 17 with classes or 18

Rhode Island: 17, 6 mos.

South Carolina: 16, 6 mos.

South Dakota: 16

Tennessee: 17

Texas: 18

Utah: 17

Vermont: 16, 6 mos.

Virginia: 18

Washington: 17

West Virginia: 17

Wisconsin: 16, 9 mos.

Wyoming: 16, 6 mos.

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