Turning 16 – Things 16 Year Olds Can Legally Do

by | Jun 4, 2018


Our firm, The St. Louis Trust Company was started 16 years ago this week. It seems both like yesterday as well as a long time ago. I guess that’s how these things go. There were about ten of us at its inception  – mostly from Arthur Andersen – and 14 (brave) original client families who joined us. We now have over 50 employees and over 50 client families. I am very proud of our firm, our culture and how we serve our clients. In honor of turning 16, here are some things that you can legally do upon turning 16:

  • Obtain a driver’s license to operate a car.
  • Get Married! For most states the age of consent for marriage is sixteen with parental approval.
  • Legally engage in sexual intercourse in most states.

Map of legal age of sexual consent

  • Obtain a license to pilot a balloon or glider.
  • Have a job with full-time hours (jobs for those under age 16 have limits on hours that can be worked each day and week and are limited to after school or weekends)
  • Drop out of school. Some states allow a 16 year old to drop out of high school with parental consent.
  • While the purchase of alcohol in all states is not legal until age 21, some states allow persons 16 years old and older to consume alcohol at home with parental consent and supervision.
  • Register as an organ donor in most states (this is a growing recent trend).
  • Obtain a passport without parental consent.
  • Donate blood, with parental consent


  1. that is so cool now that i found this I have to rub it in his face because he was wrong

  2. i turned 16 today… this is turning into a bucket list 😈😈😈

  3. I turn sixteen Iike about 8 days

  4. I just turned 16 yesterday 🎂🎉🥳 I’m so happy that I unlocked so many new rights! I’m still the same person though.

  5. I turn 16 in 2 days I’m scared for what’s going to come next I gotta be prepared for independent life.

  6. I will turn 16 in 29 days.

  7. i turn 16 in ten minutes, cool ig. For some reason i’m not excited

  8. I turn sixteen in 6 days I cant wait

  9. I turn sixteen in 6 days

  10. can a 16 yeat old chose to live with one parent even though there is a court order?

    • Hmm. Sounds like you need a lawyer to answer that.

  11. can a 16 year old use his passport with a residents visa and fly where ever he wants without parental permission?

    • I am almost positive the answer is no. When my kids were under 18 there was some special things we had to do in terms of parental consent for them to fly by themselves. I think most likely you’ll have to wait till you’re 18 to fly where you want without parental consent.

  12. How old are you?

    • I am 51. But I used to be 16. In 1986.

  13. Tommorow is my 16th birthday

  14. Am 16 and am happy

  15. i cent waite til i burn turn six ten! i am 5 btw !

    • eli oh my god i love you, you are so cool. 11 years and bam, ur 16 ^_^ hope ur having a lovely day lil bro

    • omg youre 6 now

  16. i hate being 16

    • It does have its challenges.

    • lmao me too

    • yes me too

    • Really y

  17. Also some states you can get a tattoo with parental consent at 16

  18. I can’t wait till I turn 16.

    • ur like 17 now wow look how time goes fast man now i can’t wait i feel like once i hit 16 im going to feel like a million dollars

  19. Congratulations — wise beyond your years!

    • Yeah!

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