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List of countries by minimum driving age

This list refers to the minimum driving age for a motor vehicle with a maximum authorised 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.

Canada, the United States, El Salvador, Israel, Nepal, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Estonia, France, Norway, Slovenia, the United Kingdom (not all territories), Australia (certain states and territories), and New Zealand have the lowest minimum driving age, ranging from 14 to 16 years. The British overseas territory, Gibraltar, has the highest minimum driving age at 19.

Africa

State Minimum driving age

North Africa

 Algeria 18 [1]
 Egypt 18 [2]
 Morocco 18 [3] [4]
 Tunisia 18 [5]
 Libya 18

West Africa

 Ghana 18 [6]
 Mali 18 [7]
 Mauritania 18 [8]
 Niger 18 [9]
 Nigeria 18
 Senegal 16 [10]

Central Africa

 Cameroon 18

Horn of Africa

 Ethiopia 18 [11]

East Africa

 Kenya 17/18 [12]
 Tanzania 18 [13]

Southern Africa

 Lesotho 18 [14]
 Mozambique 17
 Mayotte 18 (Same as France)
 Namibia 18 [15]
 Réunion 18 (Same as France)
 South Africa 18 [16]
 Swaziland 18 [17]
 Zambia 18 [18]
 Zimbabwe 17/18 [19]

Americas

State Minimum driving age

North America

 Canada 14 (with supervision) in Alberta, 16 (with supervision) in the rest of Canada; see Driving licence in Canada
 Mexico 18 (16 with parental supervision) [20]
 United States 14-16 (Varies by state; see Driver's license in the United States)

Central America

 El Salvador 15
 Honduras 18

Caribbean

 Anguilla 18 [21]
 Bahamas 17 [22]
 Cuba 18 [23]
 Dominican Republic 18
 Guadeloupe 18 (Same as France)
 Jamaica 18 [24]
 Martinique 18 (Same as France)
 Netherlands Antilles 18 [25]
 Puerto Rico 16 (With learner's permit) [26]
 Saint Barthélemy 18 (Same as France)
 Saint Martin 18 (Same as France)
 Trinidad and Tobago 17
 United States Virgin Islands 18 [27]

South America

 Argentina 17 (with parental approval), 18 (rest), 21 (commercial vehicle)
 Bolivia 18 [28]
 Brazil 18 [29]
 Chile 18 [30]
 Colombia 16 [31]
 Ecuador 18 [32]
 French Guiana 18 (Same as France)
 Peru 18 [33]
 Suriname 18 [34]
 Uruguay 18 [35]
 Venezuela 18 [36]

Asia

State Minimum driving age

West Asia

 Bahrain 18 [37] [38]
 Iran 18 [39]
 Israel 16 years and 9 months, first 6 months with an adult [40]
 Jordan 18 [41] [42]
 Kuwait 18 [43]
 Lebanon 18
 Oman 18 [44]
 Palestine 18 [45]
 Qatar 18 [46]
 Saudi Arabia 18 (Men only; women are not permitted to drive) [47]
 Syria 18 [48]
 United Arab Emirates 18 [49][50]
 Yemen 18 [51]

South Asia

 Bangladesh 18 [52]
 India 16 (Motorcycle without gear), 18 (Rest), 20 (Commercial vehicle) [53]
   Nepal 18 [54] [55]
 Pakistan 18 [56] [57]
 Sri Lanka 18 [58]

East Asia

 China 18 [59] [60]
 Hong Kong 18
21 (Commercial vehicle) [61]
 Japan 18 [62]
 Macau 18 [63]
 South Korea 18 [64]
 Taiwan 18 [65] [66]

Southeast Asia

 Brunei all 17 18 [67]
 Burma 18
 Cambodia 18 [68]
 Indonesia 17 [69] [70][71]
 Laos 18 [72]
 Malaysia 16 (Motorcycle), 17 (Rest), 21 (Commercial vehicle)
 Philippines 16 [73]
 Singapore 18 [74]
 Thailand 18 [75]
 Vietnam 18 [76]

Europe

Minimum driving age in Europe:
  Minimum driving age is 18
  Minimum driving age is 17
  Minimum driving age is 16

Both age limits apply for striped countries. The first color is the unrestricted driving age, and the second color is the driving age if accompanied.
State Minimum driving age

European Driving Licence area

 Austria 18 [77], (17 with special training)
 Belgium 18 [78]
 Bulgaria 18
 Cyprus 18 See Driving Licence in Cyprus
 Czech Republic 18
 Denmark 18
 Estonia 18 (16 with parental supervision)
 Finland 18
 France 18, 16 with parental supervision
 Germany 18 [79], 17 with parental supervision
 Gibraltar 19
 Greece 18
 Hungary 17
 Iceland 17, 16 with parental supervision
 Ireland 17 [80],[81],[82]
 Italy 18 (17 with supervision of person with no more than 65 years, only if in possession of full A1/B1 licence) [83]
 Latvia 18
 Liechtenstein 18
 Lithuania 18
 Luxembourg 18, 17 with parental supervision
 Malta 18 [84]
 Netherlands 18 (16½ whilst on driving lessons. 17 with a coach once passed practical test)[85]
 Norway 18 (16 with supervision) See Driving licence in Norway
 Poland 18
 Portugal 18
 Romania 18
 Slovakia 18 (17 with parental supervision)
 Slovenia 18 (16 with parental supervision)

(16 for motorcycles)

 Spain 18
 Sweden 18 [86], (16 with parental supervision)
  Switzerland 18 [87]
 United Kingdom 17 (16 if on the Higher/Enhanced rate of the Mobility Component of DLA or PIP) [88]

Other Europe

 Andorra 18 [89]
 Albania 18 [90]
 Armenia 18 [91]
 Azerbaijan 18 [92]
 Belarus 18 [93]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 18 [94]
 Croatia 18 [95]
Georgia 18 [96]
 Guernsey 17 [97]
 Isle of Man 16 [98]
 Jersey 17 [99]
 Kosovo 17 [100]
 Macedonia 18 (16 with parental supervision) [101]
 Moldova 18 [102]
 Monaco 18 (Same as France) [103]
 Montenegro 18 [104]
 Northern Cyprus 18 See Cypriot Driving Licences
 Russia 18 (16 motorcycles) [105]
 San Marino 18 (Same as Italy) [106]
 Serbia 18 (17 - with adult supervision) [107]
 Turkey 18 [108]
 Ukraine 18 [109][110]

Oceania

State Minimum driving age

Australasia

 Australia 16-18 (Varies by state; see Driver's licence in Australia)
 New Zealand 16½ [111] (16 under supervision) [112]

Melanesia

 Fiji 17 [113] [114] [115]
 Papua New Guinea 18 [116]

Micronesia

 Guam (USA) 16 [117]
 Marshall Islands 18 [118]
 Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 15/16 [119]

Polynesia

 American Samoa (USA) 16 [120]
 Tonga 18 [121] [122]
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