Entertainment Love and Romance When Do You Reach the Age of Majority? Legal Age of Adulthood by State Share PINTEREST Email Print The age of majority varies by state. Richard Nowitz/Creative RM/Getty Love and Romance Teens Relationships Sexuality Divorce LGBTQ Friendship By Sheri Stritof University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sheri Stritof has written about marriage and relationships for 20+ years. She's the co-author of The Everything Great Marriage Book. our editorial process Sheri Stritof Updated April 09, 2018 The age of majority is the age at which you are considered an adult and responsible for your actions in the legal sense. Up until the age of majority, you are considered a minor—a child. This age varies from state to state, but in most states, the age is 18. Generally, the age of majority is designated sometime between age 18 and 21 in the U.S. What It Is Age of majority basically means that you are in control of yourself now. Whereas, prior to the age of majority, you were the responsibility of your parents or guardians. Age of majority terminates your parents' or guardians' authority over you. What It Is Not The age of majority is different than the age of consent. The age of consent also varies by state and is considered the age at which someone can legally consent to sexual relations. Marriageable ages also vary from state to state and are not the same as the age of majority, driving age, legal drinking age, smoking age, voting age, enlisting age, and gambling age. Each of these is considered an "age of license," and individual states or federal laws have different opinions on when these activities are legal. An age of license is an age at which one has legal permission from the government to do something, for example, when you can apply for a "marriage license" or "driver's license." Emancipation Difference A child who is legally emancipated by a court automatically, in advance of reaching the age of majority, will attain maturity upon the signing of the court order. Emancipation confers the status of maturity before a person has actually reached the age of majority. In almost all places, minors who are married are automatically emancipated. Some places also do the same for minors who are in the armed forces or who have a certain degree or diploma. Age of Majority by State Age 18 is the age of majority for most states, though the age to marry differs from state to state. Only Alabama, Mississippi, and Nebraska have higher majority ages. State Age of Majority Alabama 19 Alaska 18 Arizona 18 Arkansas 18 California 18 Colorado 18 Connecticut 18 Delaware 18 District of Columbia 18 Florida 18 Georgia 18 Hawaii 18 Idaho 18 Illinois 18 Indiana 18 Iowa 18 Kansas 18 Kentucky 18 Louisiana 18 Maine 18 Maryland 18 Massachusetts 18 Michigan 18 Minnesota 18 Mississippi 21 Missouri 18 Montana 18 Nebraska 19 Nevada 18 New Hampshire 18 New Jersey 18 New Mexico 18 New York 18 North Carolina 18 North Dakota 18 Ohio 18 Oklahoma 18 Oregon 18 Pennsylvania 18 Rhode Island 18 South Carolina 18 South Dakota 18 Tennessee 18 Texas 18 Utah 18 Vermont 18 Virginia 18 Washington 18 West Virginia 18 Wisconsin 18 Wyoming 18 Religious Age of Majority Major world religions, like Islam, Judaism, and Roman Catholicism, have something to say about the age of majority. According to religious beliefs in Judaism, a male becomes an adult at age 13, and a female becomes an adult at 12. Islam claims a person who is 15 or who has entered puberty is considered an adult. And, in the Roman Catholic Church, you are considered an adult at age 18. What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster Parent? What It Means When a Foster Child "Ages Out" What Is The Right Age to Have Sex? Child Support Guidelines in Mississippi The History of Pornography Steps Involved in a Stepparent Adoption Learn Whether or Not Adopted Siblings Can Get Married Florida Divorce Laws Adopting a Child from Haiti California Divorce Laws A Brief Overview Civil Annulment Laws Delaware Divorce Laws My Parents Kicked Me Out for Being Gay -- What Can I Do? Massachusetts Divorce Laws Legal Separation and Child Custody Agreements Millennials and Marriage: Putting Off "I Do"