What is the legal driving age in my state?

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See the chart below to determine the legal driving age in your state. 

Keep in mind that most states have additional steps to complete prior to obtaining your drivers license or drivers permit.  For example, find out whether your particular state requires a drivers ed class for teen drivers or first time drivers. These drivers education requirements will vary from state-to-state, so refer to your local DMV Web site for specific requirements. 

Your local DMV Web site will also be a good source for downloading a practice test, any requisite administrative forms, study guides and manuals. These materials will make the quest for a learners permit and drivers license much easier.

The following chart specifies the age at which one may be fully privileged to drive in a particular state.

Alabama 17 yrs.
Alaska 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Arizona 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Arkansas 18 yrs.
California 18 yrs., provisional from 16 to 18
Colorado 17 yrs.
Connecticut 17 yrs. & 4 mos. (w/ passengers); 18 yrs. @ night
Delaware 17 yrs.
Florida 18 yrs.
Georgia 18 yrs.
Hawaii 17 yrs.
Idaho 16 yrs. (night); 15 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passenger)
Illinois 18 yrs. (night); 17 yrs. (w/ passenger)
Indiana 17 yrs.
Iowa 17 yrs.
Kansas 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Kentucky 17 yrs.
Louisiana 17 yrs.
Maine 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Maryland 17 yrs. & 9 mos. (night); 16 yrs. & 11 mos. ( w/ passenger)
Massachusetts 18 yrs. (night); 17 yrs. (w/ passenger)
Michigan 17 yrs.
Minnesota 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (night); 17 yrs. (w/ passenger)
Mississippi 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Missouri 17 yrs. & 11 mos.
Montana 16 yrs.
Nebraska 17 yrs. (night); 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passenger)
Nevada 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
New Hampshire 17 yrs. & 1 mos. (night); 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passenger)
New Jersey 18 yrs., provisional at 17 yrs.
New Mexico 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
New York 17 yrs. w/ drivers ed; 18 yrs. w/o drivers ed
North Carolina 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
North Dakota 14 yrs. & 6 mos.
Ohio 18 yrs. (night); 17 yrs. (w/passenger)
Oklahoma 16 yrs. & 6 mos. w/ drivers ed; 17 yrs. w/o drivers ed
Oregon 17 yrs.
Pennsylvania 17 yrs. (if crash & conviction free); 18 yrs. otherwise
Rhode Island 17 yrs. & 6 mos.
South Carolina 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
South Dakota 16 yrs.
Tennessee 17 yrs.
Texas 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Utah 17 yrs. (night); 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passneger)
Vermont 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Virginia 18 yrs.
Washington 18 yrs.
West Virginia 17 yrs.
Wisconsin 16 yrs. & 9 mos.
Wyoming 16 yrs. & 6 mos. w/ drivers ed; 17 yrs. w/o drivers ed
Washington DC 18 yrs.

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