The Legal Rights of Children at Age 18 in Texas

By Abby Lane - Updated June 05, 2017
Group of 18 year old friends sitting on steps

The age of majority in Texas is 18 years. When Texas residents reach the age of 18, they are entitled to most of the privileges of adulthood. The privilege federally denied an 18-year-old Texas resident, however, is the ability to purchase alcohol. Further, some localities require residents to reach the age of 21 before running for public office.

Voting

In Texas, citizens can register and vote in public elections at age 18.

Compulsory School Attendance

Texas residents who reach the age of 18 are no longer compelled by law to attend school and are not subject to truancy laws.

Curfew

Texas state law institutes mandatory curfews for minors. At age 18, individuals are no longer subject to the curfew laws.

Employment

Under Texas law, individuals 18 and over are not restricted in their employment options. Texas laws prohibit minors from working some dangerous jobs, and minors are limited in the number of hours they can work. Once a Texas resident reaches the age of 18, she may work in any vocation she chooses and is not limited in the number of hours she can legally work.

Gambling

At 18 years old, Texas residents may purchase lottery tickets. 18-year-olds may also lawfully purchase lottery tickets for minors.

Abortion

Women aged 18 and older may legally obtain an abortion in Texas without parental consent or notification.

Medical Decisions

Texas residents may make medical decisions for themselves without parental input, notification or consent.

Sexual Relations

Texas residents who reach the age of 18 have the capacity to consent to sexual relations. 18-year-olds are, however, subject to Texas statutory rape laws if they engage in prohibited sexual relations with minors more than three years their junior.

Public Office

18-year-olds are eligible to run for Texas state public office. Some localities require residents to reach 21 years before running for office, however.

Tobacco and Alcohol Use

18-year-old Texas residents may purchase and use tobacco products. 18-year-old Texans can legally consume alcohol under parental supervision. Also, an 18-year-old Texas resident whose spouse is 21-years-old or older may consume alcohol under the supervision of the spouse. You must be at least 21 years old to purchase alcohol in Texas.

About the Author

Abby began writing professionally in 2008. Her writing experience includes scholarly writing and articles for eHow. Abby enjoys writing brief how-to articles on legal issues. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska.

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