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Minimum Driving Age by Country 2024

Establishing and enforcing a minimum driving age is an important part of maintaining ongoing road and traffic safety. Generally speaking, people are eligible to apply for driving privileges fairly young, but the minimum driving age is still much younger in some countries than others.

Here’s a closer look at how the minimum driving age differs from country to country, as well as some different factors that can influence a country to set a lower or higher minimum age than others.

Countries With the Youngest Minimum Driving Ages

As of 2023, the youngest minimum driving age worldwide is 16 years of age. This is also the case for several countries, including but not limited to the following:

United States Colombia Saudi Arabia

American Samoa

Cameroon Zambia Zimbabwe

Isle of Man

Guam

Dominican Republic

Seventeen is also a common minimum driving age for various countries, as with the following examples:

Austria Malaysia Sri Lanka United Kingdom Bahamas

Cayman Islands

Philippines Iceland Ireland Fiji Guyana Georgia Trinidad and Tobago

Countries where the minimum age is older than 17 include New Zealand and Niger, where the minimum ages are 17.5 and 23, respectively. It’s also worth noting that in some areas of Canada and the U.S., teens can start driving as young as 14 with the supervision of a parent.

Influences That Can Impact National Minimum Driving Ages

The following factors can all potentially contribute to a particular country’s set minimum driving age.

Concern for Public Safety

Younger, less experienced drivers are statistically more prone to accidents than older drivers. That said, the primary reason for establishing and enforcing a minimum driving age is concern for public safety.

Minimum ages help ensure drivers are mature enough and skilled enough to handle driving privileges responsibly. Various countries may have differing ideas about the age at which people reach that level of maturity.

Driver Education

Driver education and testing programs are more robust in some countries than others. In countries where this is indeed the case, authorities frequently allow people to start driving at younger minimum ages.

Transportation Norms

In countries where it’s more common for people to utilize public transportation for their daily commutes, people are less dependent on having vehicles of their own. Some countries where this is the case may set older minimum driving ages, as the ability to drive is less of a necessity.

Generally speaking, most countries seek to balance key issues like public safety with the ability of their young people to be functionally mobile.

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Country
Minimum Driving Age
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Vanuatu23
Ghana21
India18
China18
Pakistan18
Nigeria18
Brazil18
Bangladesh18
Mexico18
You can drive a car at 15 with parental surpervision and at 16 with parental consent, otherwise 18 i...
Japan18
Philippines18
Student permit from 17
Egypt18
Vietnam18
Turkey18
Germany18
From 17 with supervision
Thailand18
Tanzania18
France18
South Africa18
A full driving license will only be issued from 18 years old, however a learners license can be appl...
Italy18
From 17 with supervision
Kenya18
South Korea18
Uganda18
Spain18
Algeria18
Argentina18
Poland18
Morocco18
Ukraine18
Angola18
Saudi Arabia18
Learners permit from 17 - women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018
Yemen18
Mozambique18
Peru18
Venezuela18
Syria18
Mali18
Taiwan18
Sri Lanka18
Malawi18
Chile18
18 without parental approval
Romania18
Ecuador18
Senegal18
Netherlands18
Learners permit available from 16.5 years old
Cambodia18
Bolivia18
Tunisia18
Haiti18
Belgium18
Jordan18
Honduras18
Sweden18
From 16 with supervision
Papua New Guinea18
Czech Republic18
Azerbaijan18
Greece18
Portugal18
Belarus18
Togo18
Austria18
Special training from 17
Switzerland18
Laos18
Hong Kong18
Nicaragua18
Serbia18
From 17 with supervision
Paraguay18
Bulgaria18
Republic of the Congo18
Singapore18
Denmark18
From 17 with supervision
Slovakia18
From 17 with supervision
Finland18
Norway18
Costa Rica18
Lebanon18
Oman18
Kuwait18
Croatia18
Georgia18
Uruguay18
Moldova18
Puerto Rico18
Learners permit from 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina18
Albania18
Jamaica18
Qatar18
Botswana18
Lithuania18
Namibia18
Gabon18
Lesotho18
Slovenia18
From 16 with supervision
North Macedonia18
From 16 with supervision
Latvia18
Bahrain18
Estonia18
From 16 with supervision
Mauritius18
Montenegro18
Malta18
Belize18
Guadeloupe18
Iceland18
From 16 with supervision
Samoa18
Saint Lucia18
Seychelles18
Andorra18
Dominica18
New Zealand17.5
From 16 with supervision
Indonesia17
United Kingdom17
Malaysia17
Hungary17
Israel17
Ireland17
16 for agricultural vehciles restricted to 45kph
Trinidad and Tobago17
Cyprus17
Fiji17
Luxembourg17
From 17 with supervision
Bahamas17
New Caledonia17
Greenland17
Colombia16
Canada16
Varies by province, as young as 14 in Alberta
Cameroon16
Australia16
Learner driver min age set by state, ACT min driving age 15 years 9 months
Zambia16
Guatemala16
18 without parental approval
Zimbabwe16
Dominican Republic16
Panama16
18 without parental approval
Barbados16
El Salvador15
Guam15
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Which country has the lowest age for driving?

The youngest driving age in the world is 16, and there are several countries with this minimum driving age requirement. They include American Samoa, Cameroon, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guam, Isle of Man, Northern Mariana Islands, Saudi Arabia, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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