6 things you can do legally before turning 18
According to the law, you are considered a minor (a child) until you turn 18 years old. This means you will always need the assistance of an adult when it comes to doing a lot of things (like signing a school trip form).
However, being under the age of 18 doesn’t mean that you can’t do certain things by yourself legally. Here are examples of 8 things you can do legally before turning 18.
Register to vote
As soon as you turn 16, you qualify to register to vote but you can’t cast a vote yet until you turn 18.
Get a learners licence
If you’ve ever thought about getting a driver’s licence, unfortunately, you have to wait until you turn 18. That doesn’t mean that you can’t apply for a learner’s licence though.
You can get a learner’s licence at the age of 16 and drive when you’re 17 with an adult that has a valid licence. What’s nice is that a learner’s licences expires after 2 years (so it is advised that you get your driver’s licence within those 2 years).
You are allowed to donate blood at the age of 16 and you should weigh a minimum of 50kg.
As soon as you turn 15, you can be employed. So, if you’ve thought of making extra money during the school holidays or to get experience (for when you finish school), you can start working at the age of 15.
Get tested for HIV
You’re allowed to go for an HIV test if you’re older than 12 years old and nobody has a right to disclose your HIV status without your permission. You can learn more about what you need to know about HIV testing in this article.
Consent to get circumcised
Young boys under the age of 16 are protected by the law when it comes to illegal circumcisions. But as soon as they turn 16, they can give consent to getting circumcised.
Even though your freedom may be limited because you’re a minor and you need an adult’s permission or assistance when it comes to a lot of things, you still get to enjoy some privileges before you legally become an adult.
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