Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits

Youth (Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles)

Laws addressing blood alcohol concentration limits applicable to drivers of noncommercial automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles who have not reached the legal drinking age of 21 years.

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Jurisdiction Policies as of BAC Limit Lower Age Limit Upper Age Limit Per Se Citations
Alabama (1566)
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Alaska (1567)
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Arizona (1568)
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Arkansas (1569)
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California (1570)
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Colorado (1571)
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Connecticut (1572)
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Delaware (1574)
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District of Columbia (1573)

Section designations in the District of Columbia Code were renumbered in connection with the publication of the D.C. Official Code, 2001 Edition.

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Florida (1575)
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Georgia (1577)
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Hawaii (1576)
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Idaho (1578)
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Illinois (1615)
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Indiana (1579)
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Iowa (1580)
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Kansas (1581)
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Kentucky (1582)
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Louisiana (1583)
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Maine (1584)
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Maryland (1585)
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Massachusetts (1586)
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Michigan (1587)
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Minnesota (1588)
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Mississippi (1589)
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Missouri (1590)
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Montana (1591)
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Nebraska (1592)
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Nevada (1593)
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New Hampshire (1594)
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New Jersey (1595)
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New Mexico (1596)
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New York (1597)
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North Carolina (1598)
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North Dakota (1599)
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Ohio (1600)
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Oklahoma (1601)
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Oregon (1602)
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Pennsylvania (1614)
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Rhode Island (1613)
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South Carolina (1603)
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South Dakota (1604)
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Tennessee (1618)
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Texas (1605)
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Utah (1606)
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Vermont (1607)
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Virginia (1608)
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Washington (1609)
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West Virginia (1610)
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Wisconsin (1611)
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Wyoming (1612)
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United States (1616)

In 1995, Congress passed legislation to withhold a portion of Federal highway funds if a State did not adopt a 0.02 or lower BAC limit for underage drivers. In 1988, Congress offered supplemental grants to States that enacted BAC limits of 0.02 or less for underage drivers. For more information on these provisions, including citations and statutory language, please see the Federal Law page for this policy topic, on the About This Policy tab.

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