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May 16, 2013

Carol asks…

How old do you have to be to drive in the US?

I was just wondering, how old do you have to be to drive in the USA if you aren’t from there?
I know that you can drive from 15/16 if you’re a resident there, but say you were from the UK, and went over for a roadtrip; is there a minimum age?
I read somewhere that you had to be 25+?

Thank you for any help!

Administrator answers:

It varies by state, but generally the minimum age is 16 to hold a full driver license. A few states are slightly higher.

If you hold a valid U.K driver license it will be honored in the United States. You do NOT need the so called International Driver Permit, and in most U.S, states they are not recognized. That is simply a document that translates the information on your home country’s driver license into 10 common languages, and since both the U.K. And the U.S. Speak English it is not necessary.

The 25 year age limit you refer to is usually the minimum age that car rental/hire companies require to drive one of their vehicles. That is because American drivers in the 16 to 25 age bracket have the most accidents, so it is a requirement of the rental/hire companies insurance carrier.

There is NO minimum age requirement to come as a visitor, however in the United States you are considered a minor until you are 18 so you can not legally sign contracts like rental agreements or hotel reservations. If you do come please remember that you now must apply for the Visa Waiver on line BEFORE leaving the U.K. At “www.cbp.gov”, and look for the ESTA program.

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