Legal Age Of Consent By State


The Legal Age of Consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered by the law to be legally able to consent to, and engage in, sexual acts.

The legal age of consent in the United States varies from state to state, with different ages applicable based on a variety of factors including the genders of the actors, type of sexual act, relationship between the actors, and more. The age of consent is between 16 and 18 in all states.

Violation of these laws by engaging in sexual acts with a person under the applicable age of consent can result in charges from a misdemeanor (such as corruption of a minor) to a felony (such as statutory rape) depending on the jurisdiction and the circumstances.


Legal Age Of Consent By State
Alabama

16*
Alaska

16*
Arizona

18*
Arkansas

16
California

18
Colorado

17
Connecticut

16
Delaware

18
District of Columbia

16*
Florida

18
Georgia

16
Hawaii

16
Idaho

18*
Illinois

17*
Indiana

16*
Iowa

16
Kansas

16*
Kentucky

16*
Louisiana

17*
Maine

16
Maryland

16
Massachusetts

16*
Michigan

16*
Minnesota

16*
Mississippi

16*
Missouri

17*
Montana

16*
Nebraska

17*
Nevada

16*
New Hampshire

16
New Jersey

16
New Mexico

17*
New York

17*
North Carolina

16
North Dakota

18*
Ohio

16
Oklahoma

16
Oregon

18
Pennsylvania

16*
Rhode Island

16*
South Carolina

16
South Dakota

16*
Tennessee

18
Texas

17*
Utah

18
Vermont

16
Virginia

18
Washington

16*
West Virginia

16
Wisconsin

18*
Wyoming

17
* Starred states have a close-in age-exemption to their age of consent legislation – this protects people close in age who engage in consensual sexual acts from being prosecuted under age of consent laws. The exact age spread and terms of these exemptions vary state by state.