There are a few things to consider when wondering if you can legally own a car at 16. The first thing is your state’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. All states have a GDL program which has three stages:
• a learner’s permit
• an intermediate license and
• a full license
The second thing to consider is your state’s financial responsibility law. Every state has a law that says you must be able to pay for any damage you cause while driving. The third thing to consider is your state’s insurance requirements. You must have insurance to drive in most states.
If you are 16 and have a learner’s permit you can usually only drive with someone who has a full license and is over 21. The person must be in the front seat next to you. Some states have different requirements so it is best to check with your state’s DMV.
If you are 16 and have an intermediate license you may be able to drive without someone else in the car. But there may be restrictions such as only being able to drive during daylight hours or only being able to drive to and from work or school. Again it is best to check with your state’s DMV.
If you are 16 and have a full license you can usually drive without any restrictions.
There are a few states that have special laws for 16-year-olds who want to own a car. In Maryland for example you must have a parent or guardian sign a statement that says they will be responsible for any damages you cause while driving. You also must have a clean driving record and show that you have the financial resources to pay for any damages you cause.
In general though you can usually get your own car at 16 as long as you follow your state’s GDL program and financial responsibility laws.
Can you legally own a car at 16?
No you cannot legally own a car at 16.