List of countries by minimum driving age

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This list refers to the minimum driving age for a motor vehicle with a maximum authorized mass not exceeding 3,500 kg and designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver (not including a trailer). Once reaching this age one may apply for a driver's license. Countries with the lowest driving ages (below 17) are Australia, Canada, El Salvador, Iceland, Israel, India, Estonia, Macedonia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom (Mainland) and United States. The Canadian province of Alberta and several U.S. states permit youth driving as low as 14. Niger has the highest minimum driving age in the world at 23.

Africa[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Algeria 18[1]
 Cameroon 18(Cars) 16(motorcycles)[citation needed]
 Ethiopia 18[2]
 Egypt 18[3]
 Ghana 18[4]
 Kenya 18(Cars) 16 (Motorcycles)[5]
 Lesotho 18[6]
 Libya 18[citation needed]
 Mali 18[citation needed]
 Mauritania 18[citation needed]
 Mauritius 15 (Autocycles), 16 (Motorcycles), 18 (Cars)[citation needed]
 Mayotte 18[citation needed]
 Morocco 18[7][8]
 Mozambique 18[citation needed]
 Namibia 18[9]
 Niger 23[10]
 Nigeria 18[citation needed]
 Reunion (France) 18[citation needed]
 Senegal 18[citation needed]
 South Africa 17 The National Road Traffic act specifies that a driver needs to be 17 to legally obtain a license for all motor vehicles under 3500 kg. 17 years old may allow one to obtain a learners license, to drive while supervised by an already licensed driver who has had their license for more than a year. Yet to obtain an actual drivers license, the age is 18 years old.[11]
 Swaziland 18[6]
 Tanzania 18[12]
 Tunisia 18[13]
 Zambia 16[14]
 Zimbabwe 16[15]

Americas[edit]

North America[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Anguilla 18[16]
 Bahamas 17[17]
 Canada 14 (with supervision) in Alberta, 16 (with supervision) in the rest of Canada
 Cuba 18[18]
 Dominican Republic 18 (16 With supervision)[citation needed]
 El Salvador 15[citation needed]
 Guadeloupe 18[citation needed]
 Guatemala 16[citation needed]
 Honduras 18[citation needed]
 Jamaica 18[citation needed]
 Martinique 18[citation needed]
 Mexico 15 (with parental supervision), 16 (with parental agreement), 18[19]
 Netherlands Antilles 18[20]
 Puerto Rico 16 (with learner's permit)[21]
 Saint Barthélemy 18[citation needed]
 Saint Martin 18[citation needed]
 Trinidad and Tobago 17[citation needed]
 United States 14-17 (Supervision varies by state)
 US Virgin Islands 18[22]

South America[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Argentina 17 (with parental approval), 18 (rest), 21 (commercial vehicle)[citation needed]
 Bolivia 18[23]
 Brazil 18[24]
 Chile 17 (with parental approval), 18,[25] 20 (professional license)[26]
 Colombia 16[27]
 Ecuador 18[28]
 French Guiana 18[citation needed]
 Guyana 17[29]
 Paraguay 18[citation needed]
 Peru 18[30]
 Suriname 18[citation needed]
 Uruguay 18[31]
 Venezuela 18[32]

Asia[edit]

Middle East[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Afghanistan 18[33]
 Bahrain 18[34]
 Iraq 17[citation needed]
 Iran 18[35]
 Israel 16 years and 9 months[36]
 Jordan 18[37][38]
 Kuwait 18[39]
 Lebanon 18[citation needed]
 Oman 18[40]
 Palestine 18[41]
 Qatar 18 (women need special permission from relatives to obtain a license)[42]
 Saudi Arabia 18 (Cars) / 16 (Motorcycles) / 17 (Temporary Permit for cars) Women are not permitted to drive[43]
 Syria 18[44]
 United Arab Emirates 18[citation needed]
 Yemen 18[45]

South Asia[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Bangladesh 18[46]
 India 16 for gearless bikes, 18 for geared bikes, cars and commercial vehicles[47]
   Nepal 18[48]
 Pakistan 18[49][50]
 Sri Lanka 18[51]

East Asia[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 China 18[52]
 Hong Kong 18[53]
 Japan 18[54]
 Macau 18[55]
 South Korea 16 for motorbikes under 125cc, 18 for personal use vehicles including motorbikes over 125cc, 19 for commercial license
 Taiwan 18[56]

Southeast Asia[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Brunei 18[57]
 Burma 18[citation needed]
 Cambodia 18[58]
 Indonesia 17[59][60]
 Laos 18[61]
 Malaysia 16 (Motorcycles/B2), 17 (Light Vehicles/D), 21 (Commercial Vehicles/E)[62]
 Philippines 16 (with adult supervision); 17[63]
 Singapore 18[64]
 Thailand 18[65]
 Vietnam 18[66]

Europe[edit]

Minimum driving age in Europe:
  Minimum driving age is 18
  Minimum driving age is 18; Supervised driving at 17
  Minimum driving age is 18; Supervised driving at 16

  Minimum driving age is 17
  Minimum driving age is 17; Supervised driving at 16

  Minimum driving age is 16 (only Isle of Man)

European driving licence area[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Austria 18,[67] (17 with special training)
 Belgium 18 (17 with parental supervision)[68]
 Bulgaria 18[citation needed]
 Croatia 18[69]
 Cyprus 18
 Czech Republic 18[citation needed]
 Denmark 18 (17 with parental supervision)[citation needed]
 Estonia 18 (16 with parental supervision)[citation needed]
 Finland 18[citation needed]
 France 18, 15 with parental supervision[citation needed]
 Germany 18,[70] 17 with parental supervision
 Gibraltar 17[71]
 Greece 18[citation needed]
 Hungary 17[citation needed]
 Iceland 17, 16 with parental supervision[citation needed]
 Ireland 17[72][73][74]
 Italy 18 (17 with supervision of a person no older than 65 years, only if in possession of full A1/B1 licence)[75]
 Latvia 18[citation needed]
 Liechtenstein 18[citation needed]
 Lithuania 18[citation needed]
 Luxembourg 18, 17 with parental supervision[citation needed]
 Malta 18[76]
 Netherlands 18 (16½ whilst on driving lessons, 17 with a coach once passed practical test)[77]
 Norway 18 (16 with supervision)
 Poland 18[citation needed]
 Portugal 18 (Cars) 16 (Motorcycles)[citation needed]
 Romania 18[citation needed]
 Slovakia 18 (17 with parental supervision)[citation needed]
 Slovenia 18 (16 with parental supervision), (16 for motorcycles)[citation needed]
 Spain 18[citation needed]
 Sweden 18,[78] (16 with parental supervision, 15 for EPA-Traktors and A-Traktors)
  Switzerland 18[79]
 United Kingdom 17[80]

Other Europe[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 Albania 18[citation needed]
 Andorra 18[81]
 Armenia 18[82]
 Azerbaijan 18[83]
 Belarus 18[84]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 18[85]
 Georgia 18[86]
 Guernsey 17[87]
 Isle of Man 16[88]
 Jersey 17[89]
 Kosovo 17[90]
 Macedonia 18 (16 with parental supervision)[91]
 Moldova 18[92]
 Monaco 18[93]
 Montenegro 18[94]
 Northern Cyprus 18
 Russia 18 (16 for motorcycles)[95]
 San Marino 18[96]
 Serbia 18 (17 with adult supervision)[97]
 Turkey 18[98]
 Ukraine 18[99][100]

Oceania[edit]

State Minimum driving age Notes
 American Samoa 16[101]
 Australia 18 years in Victoria
16 years and 6 months in the Northern Territory
17 years in all other states and the ACT
Learner drivers may drive, under qualified supervision, from 15 years and 9 months in the ACT and 16 years in the other states and the Northern Territory.
 Fiji 17[102][103]
 Guam 16[104]
 Marshall Islands 18[105]
 New Zealand 16 The minimum age to obtain a learners licence which allows driving under supervision is 16. The minimum possible age to obtain a full licence, without any supervision or conditions, is 17½ years.[106]
 Northern Mariana Islands 15 years 6 months[107]
 Papua New Guinea 18[citation needed]
 Tonga 18[108][109]

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