How Old Do You Have to Be to Drive?


Quick Answer

State driving laws require teens to be anywhere from 14 to 16 to obtain a learner's permit and between 16 and 18 to obtain a full driver's license, according the Governors Highway Safety Association. Over time, state laws lift restrictions on driving until new drivers are fully licensed.

Continue Reading
Related Videos

Full Answer

Most states require new drivers to first obtain a learner's permit and gain experience driving with a fully licensed passenger. For instance, in California, people aged 15 years and 6 months can obtain a learner's permit and must drive with a fully licensed passenger, explains GHSA. At age 16, drivers can operate a vehicle by themselves but cannot transport non-licensed passengers or drive at night. At age 17, Californians can obtain a full driver's license.

Learn more about Driving Laws

Related Questions