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Tassia's Countdown to Adulthood








Congratulations! Here are your rewards for surviving to age 18…

1. You may enter into binding contracts ‐ for example, leases, opening bank accounts and applying for loans (of course, to obtain the loan, you may still need a co‐signer).
2. You may buy or sell property, such as real estate and stock.
3. You may marry without written consent of parents or guardian.
4. You can sue or be sued.
5. You may compromise, settle or arbitrate a claim.
6. You may make or revoke a will.
7. You can inherit property outright.
8. You can vote in federal, state and local elections. (Since 2016, 16 and 17 year olds may preregister to vote at age 18.)
9. You may consent to all types of medical treatment.
10. You may join the military without parental consent. Male U.S. citizens or immigrants living in the U.S. generally must register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of turning 18. (Females are not currently not required to register for the draft.)
11. You may get a job without a special work permit.
12. You may serve jury duty.
13. You can play charity bingo.
14. Prior to June 9, 2016, you could buy tobacco products. The law changed, however, and now you have to wait until you are age 21. This also includes e‐cigarettes and vaping
15. You may give blood without parental consent in California (written parental consent is required for 16 and 17 year olds).
16. You may become an organ donor without parental consent.
17. You may apply for credit in your own name, though you will likely need to show proof of income or have a co‐signer.
18. You can get a tattoo without parental consent. You cannot get a tattoo under the age of 18 ‐ it is illegal.
19. You can get a piercing without parental consent at age 18.
20. You can file a petition to change your name at age 18.
21. You can play the Lottery at age 18 in most states (except Iowa and Louisiana ‐ party poopers).
22. You may bet on horse races.
23. You will be subject to more serious consequences for breaking the law.