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    Q346: Ages - when are you old enough?

    5 years old

    • must attend school or home education
    • can go and see a U or PG movie
    • can have bank / building society account in own name
    • can have premium bonds in own name

    7 years old

    • can draw money from Post Office or savings account

    8 years old

    • can be criminally responsible but cannot be prosecuted for an offence

    12 years old

    • can be prosecuted for an offence
    • can appear before an adult court for serious crimes
    • can see a 12A film unaccompanied
    • can instruct a solicitor
    • can make a will

    13 years old

    • can get a job (can only work for a certain amount of hours)

    14 years old

    • is responsible for wearing own seatbelt

    15 years old

    • can see a film certified by the British Board of Film Classification as a 15, at a cinema

    16 years old

    • have a general capacity to enter into contracts
    • can be sentenced to a young offender's institution
    • can get married
    • can have heterosexual sex
    • can have homosexual sex
    • if you turn 16 between 1st March and 30th September you can leave school after 31st May of that year
    • if you turn 16 between 1st October and the end of February you can leave school at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year
    • can join armed forces with parental consent (but not permitted into war zone)
    • can work full time
    • can claim social security benefits
    • can get licence to drive a moped
    • can sell scrap metal
    • can join a Trade Union
    • can buy a pet
    • can choose your own doctor
    • can buy premium bonds
    • can drink beer, cider, porter or perry with a meal in a restaurant
    • can play the National Lottery
    • can sell National Lottery tickets
    • can change your name

    17 years old

    • can obtain a licence to drive vehicles (except certain heavy goods ones)
    • can be a street trader
    • fly a plane
    • can give blood

    18 years old

    • can buy alcohol
    • can drink alcohol in a pub
    • can hold a licence to sell alcohol
    • can buy tobacco/cigarettes
    • can buy an air rifle
    • can act as an executor of a will
    • can bet
    • can buy a lighter refill
    • can sit on a jury
    • can vote
    • can leave home without parent or guardian's consent
    • can buy fireworks
    • can sue and be sued
    • can see an 18 certificate film
    • can hold a mortgage
    • can go to war
    • can buy land/houses
    • can go abroad to perform professionally
    • can get a tattoo

    21 years old

    • can be sent to an adult prison
    • can drive any mechanically propelled vehicle (providing relevant tests passed)
    • can stand in an election
    • can adopt a child

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