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Minimum Driving Age by Country

The minimum age to drive a car varies depending on what country you are in and in some countries like the USA (minimum age to drive in the USA is set by state), Canada and Australia whilst there is a national guidance, some states set their own laws which allows younger people to legally drive a car. We have looked at all the countries around the world to check the minimum age to drive a car, unsupervised on a full driving license. In many countries you are legally permitted (subject to having the correct insurance and required supervision) to learn to drive at an age younger than the minimum age to hold a full driving license, enabling young drivers to learn how to drive before the legal minimum driving age in their country. As an example, in France you can obtain a learners license and are legally allowed to drive with supervision from age 15, however you can only apply for and be granted a full driving license from the age of 18, giving you 3 years to learn!
 
minimum driving age by country

The oldest minimum age of any country to drive a car is 18, also the most common age with 78% of all countries requiring you to be at least 18 to obtain a driving license and drive legally. The youngest age to drive in any country is held my El Salvador, where you can obtain a full license to drive a car at just 15! Here we look at the minimum age to drive a car* in countries all over the world;

Minium Driving Age in Africa

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Cameroon
16
 
Zambia
16
 
Zimbabwe
16
 
Algeria
18
 
Ethiopia
18
 
Egypt
18
 
Ghana
18
 
Kenya
18
 
Lesotho
18
 
Libya
18
 
Mali
18
 
Mauritania
18
 
Mauritius
18
 
Mayotte
18
 
Morocco
18
 
Mozambique
18
 
Namibia
18
 
Niger
18
 
Nigeria
18
 
Réunion (France)
18
 
Senegal
18
 
South Africa
18
Learners license can be applied for at 17
Swaziland
18
 
Tanzania
18
 
Tunisia
18
 

Minimum Driving Age in North America

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Canada
16
Varies by province, as young as 14 in Alberta
United States
16
Most states are from age 16, South Dakota is the youngest at just 14.5 years old, whilst New Jersey the oldest at 17, albeit restrictions for all drivers under 18.
Mexico
18
You can drive a car at 15 with parental surpervision and at 16 with parental consent, otherwise 18 is the minimum age

Minium Driving Age in Central America

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
El Salvador
15
 
Guatemala
16
18 without parental approval
Panama
16
18 without parental approval
Costa Rica
18
 
Honduras
18
 
Nicaragua
18
 

Minimum Driving Age in South America

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Colombia
16
 
Argentina
17
 
Chile
17
18 without parental approval
Guyana
17
 
Bolivia
18
 
Brazil
18
 
Ecuador
18
 
French Guiana
18
 
Paraguay
18
 
Peru
18
 
Suriname
18
 
Uruguay
18
 
Venezuela
18
 

Minimum Driving Age in the Caribbean

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Dominican Republic
16
 
Bahamas
17
 
Trinidad and Tobago
17
 
Anguilla
18
 
Cuba
18
 
Guadeloupe
18
 
Jamaica
18
 
Martinique
18
 
Netherlands Antilles
18
 
Puerto Rico
18
Learners permit from 16
Saint Barthélemy
18
 
Saint Martin
18
 
St. Kitts and Nevis
18
Learners permit from 17
US Virgin Islands
18
Learners permit from 16

Minimum Driving Age in Asia

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Afghanistan
18
 
Bangladesh
18
 
Brunei
18
 
Burma
18
 
Cambodia
18
 
China
18
 
Hong Kong
18
Special Administrative Region of China
India
18
 
Indonesia
17
 
Japan
18
 
Laos
18
 
Macau
18
Special Administrative Region of China
Malaysia
17
 
Nepal
18
 
Pakistan
18
 
Philippines
18
Student permit from 17
Singapore
18
 
South Korea
18
 
Sri Lanka
18
 
Taiwan
18
 
Thailand
18
 
Vietnam
18
 

Minimum Driving Age in Europe

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Cyprus
17
 
Gibraltar
17
 
Hungary
17
 
Ireland
17
16 for agricultural vehciles restricted to 45kph
Netherlands
17
Learners permit available from 16.5 years old
United Kingdom
17
 
Austria
18
Special training from 17
Belgium
18
 
Bulgaria
18
 
Croatia
18
 
Czech Republic
18
 
Denmark
18
From 17 with supervision
Estonia
18
From 16 with supervision
Finland
18
 
France
18
From 15 with supervision
Germany
18
From 17 with supervision
Greece
18
 
Iceland
18
From 16 with supervision
Italy
18
From 17 with supervision
Latvia
18
 
Liechtenstein
18
 
Lithuania
18
 
Luxembourg
18
From 17 with supervision
Malta
18
 
Norway
18
 
Poland
18
 
Portugal
18
 
Romania
18
 
Slovakia
18
From 17 with supervision
Slovenia
18
From 16 with supervision
Spain
18
 
Sweden
18
From 16 with supervision
Switzerland
18
 

Rest of Europe

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Isle of Man
16
 
Georgia
17
 
Guernsey
17
 
Jersey
17
 
Kosovo
17
 
Albania
18
 
Andorra
18
 
Armenia
18
 
Azerbaijan
18
 
Belarus
18
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
18
 
Macedonia
18
From 16 with supervision
Moldova
18
 
Monaco
18
 
Montenegro
18
 
Northern Cyprus
18
 
Russia
18
 
San Marino
18
 
Serbia
18
From 17 with supervision
Turkey
18
 
Ukraine
18
 

Minimum Driving Age in the Middle East

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Bahrain
18
 
Iran
18
 
Iraq
18
 
Jordan
18
 
Kuwait
18
 
Lebanon
18
 
Oman
18
 
Palestine
18
 
Qatar
18
 
Saudi Arabia
18
Syria
18
 
United Arab Emirates
18
 
Yemen
18
 
Israel
16 yr 9 months
 

Minimum Driving Age in Oceana

Country
Minimum driving age (car)
Notes
Northern Mariana Islands
15.5
15 years and 6 months
American Samoa
16
 
Australia
16
Learner driver min age set by state, ACT min driving age 15 years 9 months
Guam
16
 
Fiji
17
 
New Zealand
17.5
From 16 with supervision
Marshall Islands
18
 
Papua New Guinea
18
 
Tonga
18
 

Minimum Driving Age in Africa

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Algeria18
Egypt18
Kenya18
Lesotho18
Mauritius18
Morocco18
Mozambique18
Namibia18
Senegal18
South Africa18A full driving licence will only be issued from 18 years old, however a learners license can be applied for at 17
Swaziland18
Tanzania18
Tunisia18
Zambia16
Zimbabwe16

Minimum Driving Age in Caribbean

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Bahamas17
Dominican Republic16
Jamaica18
Martinique18
Puerto Rico18Learners permit from 16
Reunion
Saint Lucia18
St Lucia18
St Maarten18
St Vincent and the Grenadines18
Trinidad and Tobago17

Minium Driving Age in Central America

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Costa Rica18
El Salvador15
Guatemala1618 without parental approval
Honduras18
Nicaragua18
Panama1618 without parental approval

Minimum Driving Age in East Asia

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
China18
Hong Kong18Special Administrative Region of China
Japan18
South Korea18
Taiwan18

Minimum Driving Age in Europe

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Austria18Special training from 17
Belgium18
Bulgaria18
Croatia18
Cyprus17
Czech Republic18
Denmark18From 17 with supervision
Estonia18From 16 with supervision
Finland18
France18From 15 with supervision
Germany18From 17 with supervision
Gibraltar17
Greece18
Hungary17
Ibiza18
Iceland18From 16 with supervision
Ireland1716 for agricultural vehciles restricted to 45kph
Italy18From 17 with supervision
Lanzarote18
Latvia18
Lithuania18
Luxembourg18From 17 with supervision
Mallorca18
Malta18
Netherlands18Learners permit available from 16.5 years old
Northern Ireland17
Norway18
Poland18
Portugal18
Romania18
Scotland17
Sicily18
Slovakia18From 17 with supervision
Slovenia18From 16 with supervision
Spain18
Sweden18From 16 with supervision
Switzerland18
Tenerife18
UK17
Wales17

Minimum Driving Age in Middle East

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Bahrain18
Israel17
Jordan18
Kuwait18
Lebanon18
Oman18
Qatar18
Saudi Arabia18Learners permit from 17 - women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018
Syria18
UAE18
Yemen18

Minimum Driving Age in North America

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Canada16Varies by province, as young as 14 in Alberta
Mexico18You can drive a car at 15 with parental surpervision and at 16 with parental consent, otherwise 18 is the minimum age

Minimum Driving Age in Oceania

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Australia16Learner driver min age set by state, ACT min driving age 15 years 9 months
Fiji17
New Zealand17.5From 16 with supervision

Minimum Driving Age in Rest of Europe

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Albania18
Andorra18
Azerbaijan18
Belarus18
Bosnia and Herzegovina18
Guernsey17
Isle Of Man16
Jersey17
Kosovo17
Macedonia18From 16 with supervision
Moldova18
Montenegro18
Russia18
Serbia18From 17 with supervision
Turkey18
Ukraine18

Minimum Driving Age in South America

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Argentina17
Bolivia18
Brazil18
Chile1718 without parental approval
Colombia16
Ecuador18
Paraguay18
Peru18
Uruguay18
Venezuela18

Minimum Driving Age in South Asia

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
India18
Pakistan18
Sri Lanka18

Minimum Driving Age in Southeast Asia

CountryMinimum driving ageNotes
Cambodia18
Indonesia17
Laos18
Malaysia17
Philippines18Student permit from 17
Singapore18
Thailand18

*in many countries you can obtain a license to drive a car under supervision at a lower age (see tables above). You may also be able to ride a motorcycle or drive agricultural machinery on the roads at younger ages in many countries.

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