Legal Are Some Age Restrictions Just Too High?  

Ryleigh Nucilli
April 20, 2018 11k votes 813 voters 6.3k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up the legal ages you think should be lower; vote down the ones that should stay as they are.

Adulthood: where does it begin? In reality, that answer kind of depends on which metric of adulthood you're looking at, as the minimum legal ages for things – ranging from driver's licenses to military service and legal recreational cannabis – varies. Across the gamut of minimum legal ages in the United States, one thing is consistent: there is no consistency.

Are there some things that the minimum age requirement is too high on, though? Is it fair to require people to be 21 to legally purchase alcohol? Is 18 a good minimum age to set for tattoos without parental consent? 

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The age to buy cold medicine In some states, 18 is the minimum age to purchase certain over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.

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The age to acquire birth control Depending on the state, the minimum age to acquire birth control without parental consent ranges from 16-18.

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The age to buy tickets to R-rated movies Individuals under age 17 require an accompanying parent or guardian (age 21 or older) to attend R rated performances.

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The age to purchase and drink alcohol The minimum legal drinking age in the US is 21.

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The age to rent a car Depending on the retailer, minimum ages to rent a car fall somewhere between 21-24.

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The retirement age In 2017, the "full benefit" retirement age was 66 years and two months for people born in 1955.

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The age to get a piercing In most states, the minimum age needed to get a piercing without parental consent is 18.

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The age to purchase recreational cannabis (in states where it's legal) In the US states where it has been legalized, 21 is the minimum age to purchase recreational marijuana. 

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The age to vote in elections Depending on the city or state and the type of election, minimum voting ages range from 16-18.

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The age to become president If an individual meets the other requirements for becoming US President, they must also be at least 35 years old. 

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The age to get a tattoo In most states, the minimum age needed to get a tattoo without parental consent is 18.

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The age to get a fishing license Depending on the state, the minimum age for a fishing license ranges between 14-16 years.

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The age to become a US senator To serve as a US Senator, an individual must be at least 30 years old.

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The age for part-time employment The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the minimum age for part-time employment at 14.

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The age to purchase adult entertainment In most states, the minimum age to legally purchase and view adult entertainment is 18.

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The age to legally gamble Depending on the state, the minimum age to legally gamble ranges between 18-21.

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The age to get a hunting license Many states have a minimum age of 16 years for licensed, unsupervised hunting.

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The age to become a congressional representative To serve in the House of Representatives, an individual must be at least 25 years old.

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The age to drive a car The minimum age for a learner's permit varies by state and ranges from 14-16 years; the minimum age for a driver's license ranges from 16-18.

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The age to purchase cigarettes The minimum legal age to purchase cigarettes ranges from 18-21 depending on the state.

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The legal age of adulthood In most states, 18 is the legal age of adulthood.

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The age to legally purchase a firearm The federal minimum age to purchase handguns from licensed dealers is 21; it's 18 to purchase them from private sellers. The federal minimum for long guns sold by licensed dealers is 18; there is no minimum age to purchase long ...

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The age to become a legal guardian In most states, the legal age to become a legal guardian is the age of adulthood: 18.

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The age to fly a plane The minimum age for a private pilot license is 16.

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The age to drive a motorcycle The minimum age for a learner's permit varies by state and ranges from 14-16 years; the minimum age for a driver's license ranges from 16-18.

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The age to serve in the military With parental consent, the minimum age to enlist is 17; without consent, it's 18.