The Legal Implications of Turning


When a person turns 18 they gain the responsibility of being an adult. They can apply for a credit card, open a savings account, sign up for a lottery, purchase fireworks, and vote in a national election.

Parent’s approval

But there’s more to turning 18 than just being an adult. It also has its fair share of legal implications. For example, 18 year olds can pierce their ears, but they must have a parent present. Also, they can’t get tattoos unless they have a parent’s approval.

However, the most exciting thing about turning 18 is gaining independence. As a legal adult you’re able to take out a loan, apply for a credit card, open IRAs, and take out a savings account.

Adopt a child

Getting married is another great option for a young adult. In some states, a minor can marry without parental approval. Other states allow a minor to adopt a child. The legal age for gambling can vary from state to state. Some states don’t allow it until you are 21. Others permit it as early as 18.

Getting a driver’s license is another possibility for adults who are 18 years of age. To rent a car, you’ll need to be at least 20 to 25.


Historically, the legal drinking age has been around 18 in most developed countries. In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21. While the minimum drinking age is not as high in some states, it’s still a good idea to be aware of your limits.


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