California Age of Majority Law


Minors – Age of Majority – California

(a) The use of or reference to the words “age of majority,” “age of minority,” “adult,” “minor,” or words of similar intent in any instrument, order, transfer, or governmental communication made in this state:

(1) Before March 4, 1972, makes reference to individuals 21 years of age and older, or younger than 21 years of age.
(2) On or after March 4, 1972, makes reference to individuals 18 years of age and older, or younger than 18 years of age.

(b) Nothing in subdivision (a) or in Chapter 1748 of the Statutes of 1971 prevents amendment of any court order, will, trust, contract, transfer, or instrument to refer to the 18-year-old age of majority if the court order, will, trust, contract, transfer, or instrument satisfies all of the following conditions:

(1) It was in existence on March 4, 1972.
(2) It is subject to amendment by law, and amendment is allowable or not prohibited by its terms.
(3) It is otherwise subject to the laws of this state.

California Family Code Division 11, Part 1, § 6502

Age of Majority
18 (Fam. §6500)

Emancipation
14 (Fam. §7120), or if married or in military (Fam. §7002)

Contracts
Yes (Fam. §6700) except he cannot give a delegation of power, made a contract relating to real property or personal property not in
immediate possession or control of the minor (Fam. §6701)

Ability to Sue
Guardian (Fam. §6601)

Consent to Medical Treatment
Minor may consent if 15 years or older, living apart from parents, and managing own finances (§6922)