How old do you have to be to drive?

How old you have to be to drive varies by state. Most states use a graduated driver’s license process that requires new drivers to obtain a learner’s permit and a restricted license before being fully licensed. Each stage requires specific steps to be completed, including reaching a certain age. You have to be between 14 and 16 years old to apply for a learner’s permit, at least 15 for a restricted license, and between 16 and 18 for a full driver’s license.

UPDATED: Oct 20, 2022Fact Checked

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Melanie Musson is the fourth generation in her family to work in the insurance industry. She grew up with insurance talk as part of her everyday conversation and has studied to gain an in-depth knowledge of state-specific car insurance laws and dynamics as well as a broad understanding of how insurance fits into every person’s life, from budgets to coverage levels. She also specializes in sustai...

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Rachael Brennan has been working in the insurance industry since 2006 when she began working as a licensed insurance representative for 21st Century Insurance, during which time she earned her Property and Casualty license in all 50 states. After several years she expanded her insurance expertise, earning her license in Health and AD&D insurance as well. She has worked for small health in...

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