According to the Alaska Bar Association, when an individual reaches the age of 18, he can marry, vote, buy tobacco products, engage in consensual sex, join the military, work full-time, apply for loans and credit and get piercings and tattoos. The National Conference of State Legislatures explains that rules vary from state-to-state, but most states consider an individual an adult at age 18.Know More
As an adult, the individual has all of the rights and responsibilities as other adults, notes the National Conference of State Legislatures. If an adult signs a contract for indebtedness, the individual is held responsible for that debt. There are greater penalties and repercussions for an adult who commits a criminal offense than for a minor who commits the same offense.
The only activity prohibited at age 18 is the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Another activity legal in certain states, possession of marijuana, is generally prohibited before the age of 21, reports NBC News.
A mandated activity upon reaching adulthood is registration with the Selective Service within 30 days of a man's 18th birthday. The Selective Service System drafts men into the military, but the system has not been used to draft anyone since 1973, according to U.S. government expert Robert Longley for About.com.Learn more in Legal Ages
According to the Indiana General Assembly, without consent, a student is not allowed to drop out of school in Indiana until the age of 18. At age 16, a student may leave with permission of parents and the school principal.Full Answer >
According to Slate, there is no official reason why age 18 is considered adulthood, but it is believed to be tied to voting rights. Before the 26th Amendment in 1971, people had to be 21 to vote. As a result, most states considered age 21 adulthood.Full Answer >
A minor can be emancipated in Indiana at age 19. The child can also be emancipated if he joins the military or gets married. If the minor is no longer under the control of the parent or other court-approved guardian, then he can also be emancipated.Full Answer >
The California State Penal Code states that it is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to be pierced. However, minors may be pierced with their parent or legal guardian present.Full Answer >