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At what age may you start driving a car?


The age at which you may start to legally drive a car will vary from state to state or if you are not in the US, it will differ depending on the providence, territory or county. The average age at which US states allow for a teenager to drive is typically fifteen or sixteen. The youngest age in the US at which you can drive appears to be 14 years old in South Dakota who can apply for an instructional permit.

In Florida you can legally obtain a learner permit at 15, in Texas at 15 you can get a driver's permit and in California you can get a provisional permit at 15 1/2. You must be 16 or over to drive in New York State. Other states such as Kentucky, Missouri and New Hampshire also require you to be at least 16 years old.

To obtain a Massachusetts Junior Operator's license you must be 16 1/2. In New Jersey you must be 17 unless at 16 you enroll in a behind the wheel driving course in order to obtain a special student learner permit.

In Ontario, Canada you can apply for a G1 license if you are 16 years old. The driving age in the UK is 17 unless you have full disability allowance so that you can apply for a provisional license at age 16. Most European countries require a person to be at least 17 or 18 years old to drive a car.

Some states are now moving into and proposing Graduated Driver Licensing systems.

To find out what the law is for your state, contact your local department of motor vehicles.


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10 Responses to "At what age may you start driving a car?"
  1. Anonymous

    gud enough 4 me it answered wat i needed to knw

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  3. Anonymous

    It told us about U.S.A and Canada and even Europe. I sure have my answer now! The driving age should be at 16 everywhere becuase that seems like an age where people get jobs and can pay. Ill be 16 in 2 years and I live in onatario so Im gooood!!

  4. Anonymous

    i think you should get your driving licenses at age 16 or 17 NOT NOT NOT 18!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous

    i want to start driving very soon.

  6. Anonymous

    very good answer

  7. Anonymous

    Well I think that driving school shouldn't be as expensive as it is and that is not fair to other kids that just don't have that much money.

  8. Anonymous

    What about hardships? What age can you start driving without a permit in Texas?

  9. Anonymous

    Good Answer

  10. Anonymous

    good ones