Minimum Driving Age USA


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Please Note:- This page is based on information given to us by teenagers and friends from different States in America. They have NOT been obtained from any official body so we find updating the page very difficult. We are based in the UK and find the correct information very hard to come by.If you are in any doubt about Driving Permits in your State, correct information can be obtained from the State Public Safety Office, the Drivers License Office or the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), or click the State links below.

Learner's Permit
State
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Minimum Licensing Age Learner's/Regular Required Before Regular License? Minimum Permit Period Permit Expires After
Alabama 15/16 no - 4 yrs.
Alaska 14/16 no - 2 yrs.
Arizona 15 yrs., 7 mo./16 no - 12 mo.
Arkansas 14/16 yes 30 days 60 days
California 15/16 yes 30 days 12 mo.
Colorado 15 yrs/16 yes - 3 years
Connecticut 16/16.,6 mo.1 yes1 180 days1 undetermined1
Delaware 15 yrs., 10 mo./16 no6 - 60 days
District of Columbia 16/16 yes - 3 mo.
Florida 15/16 yes 180 days 6 yrs.
Georgia 15/16 yes 1 year 4 years
Hawaii 15/15 yes - 180 days
Idaho 15/15 no - 180 days
Illinois 15/16 yes - 1 yr.
Indiana 15/16 yrs., 1 mo. yes 60 days until age
16 yrs., 3 mo.
Iowa 14/16 yes - 2 yrs. from birthdate
in yr. of issue
Kansas 14/16 no - 1 yr.
Kentucky 16/16 yrs., 6 mos.1 yes 180 days1 1 yr. 1
Louisiana 15/15 no - 4 yrs.
Maine 15/16 yes 90 days 18 mo.
Maryland 16 yrs., 1 mo./17.,7 mo yes 14 days 180 days
Massachusetts 16/16 yrs., 6 mo. yes - 1 yr.
Michigan 14 yrs., 9 mo. yes 6 mo. indefinite
Minnesota 15/16 yes 180 days
1 yr.
Mississippi 15/16 yes 30 days 1 yr.
Missouri 15 yrs., 6 mo./16 no - 6 mo.
Montana 14 yrs., 6 mo./15 no - 6 mo.
Nebraska 15/16 no - 12 mo.
Nevada 15 yrs., 6 mo./16 no - 8 mo.
New Hampshire 15 yrs., 6 mo./162 no - -
New Jersey 17/18 yes - 1 yr., 3 mo.
New Mexico 15/15 yes - 6 mo.
New York 16/163 yes - 3 yrs.
North Carolina 15/16 no - 18 mo.
North Dakota 14/16 yes 90 days 1 yr.
Ohio 15 yrs 6mo./16 yes - 6 mo.
Oklahoma 15 yrs., 6 mo./16 no - 4 yrs.
Oregon 16 no - 24 mo.
Pennsylvania 16/16 yes - 120 days
Rhode Island 16/16 yes - 180 days
South Carolina 15/15 yes 15 days 6 mo.
South Dakota 14/14 no - 180 days
Tennessee 15/16 no 90 days4 1 yr.
Texas 15/16 yes - 1 yr.
Utah 16/165 yes - 6 mo.
Vermont 15/16 yes - 2 yrs.
Virginia 15 yrs 6 mo/16 3 mo yes 180 days indefinite
Washington 15/16 yes - 1 yr.
West Virginia 15/16 yes - until age 16 yrs., 2 mo.
Wisconsin 15 yrs., 6 mo./16 yes - 6 mo.
Wyoming 15 yrs. no 10 days 1 yr.


1Learner's permit provisions take effect in Connecticut January 1, 1997. Regulations establishing the expiration date for permits have not been issued. By law the term cannot be less than 180 days. The Kentucky law become effective October 1, 1996.

2 Learner's permits aren't issued in New Hampshire. Anyone 15 years and 6 months old may drive when accompanied by a driving instructor, parent, guardian, or other licensed driver who is 25 or older.

3 Licensing laws in New York prohibit 16 and 17 year-olds from driving in New York City.

4Tennessee's law requires license applicants to have permits that have been held for 3 months, but this requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed an approved driver education program.

5 Instruction permits are also issued in Utah to people 15 years and 9 months old. Valid for 1 year, these allow driving only with a professional driving instructor. Instructors may give students practice permits, valid for 90 days, that allow driving only with a parent or guardian.

6 The new Delaware driving law goes into affect on July 1, 1999, states that you must have your permit for six months before you can obtain a license.