Legal age

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Legal age or codified age refers to age at which a person may legally engage in a certain activity, or purchase or possess a certain product or substance. Most frequently, this is the age of majority (also known as the "age of maturity"), the threshold of adulthood as recognized in law.[citation needed]

Other ages of legal significance include:

Handling of February 29[edit]

If a legal age is to be attained by a person whose birthday is on February 29, the person may be deemed to reach the age by February 28 or March 1 on non-leap years depending on jurisdiction.


In Australia, the court has judged that a person whose birthday is on February 29 legally turns an adult on March 1, but not February 28.[2]

Hong Kong[edit]

Section 5, Cap. 410 Age of Majority Ordinance specifies that where a person has been born on 29 February in a leap year, the relevant anniversary in any year other than a leap year shall be taken to be 1 March.[citation needed]


Article 121 in the Civil Code specifies that, "if there is no corresponding day in the last month, the period ends with the ending of the last day of the last month.", and article 124 specifies that "The age of a person is counted from his birthday." Therefore, if the birthday is on February 29, it falls on February 28 if the date February 29 doesn't exist in a particular year.[citation needed]


Certain classifications of media, such as films and video games, can require a minimum legal age for purchase.[3][4]


Certain items, which can include (but are not limited to): guns, fireworks, crossbows, knives, axes, blades, petrol, aerosol paint, solvents, lighter fuel, liqueur chocolates, and adult magazines, among others, can require a minimum legal age for purchase. This can also extend to the purchase of animals and the use of sunbeds.[3][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs), and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe the generic term electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).[1]


  1. ^ "Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)". United States Food and Drug Administration. 14 February 2020.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ [PM v Children's Court of the Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC 258]
  3. ^ a b "Underage sales". Business Companion. Retrieved 23 June 2023.
  4. ^ "New rules on video game classification". GOV.UK. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2023.
  5. ^ "Age restricted products". Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service. Retrieved 23 June 2023.