Teen Legal Rights

Teen Legal Rights cover

Teen Legal Rights: A Guide for the ’90s

This was a fantastic book for public libraries at the turn of the millennium. The subject coverage is appropriate and it could be a really useful book.

There is a chart included below about driving age. Can you really get a learner’s permit in Oklahoma at age 6? Am I reading that right?? Is it just for certain kinds of vehicles, like farm equipment or snowmobiles or something? (Even so…SIX??) Oklahomans, please weigh in.

There’s a 2015 edition of this book, which is a much better fit for library collections today. Go ahead and just replace it.


Teen Legal Rights back cover

Teen Legal Rights contents

Teen Legal Rights contents

Teen Legal Rights contents

driving age

social security

minimum wage



  1. Oklahoman here, and no, you can’t get a learner’s permit at age 6. If you’ve taken a driver’s education course, you can get one at 15 1/2. If you’ve not taken that course, then you have to wait until you’re 16. You then have to have your learner’s permit for at least six months before you’re eligible to get a regular license. At the time the book was published we didn’t have any sort of “restrictive” license, though nowadays there’s an “intermediate” license with restrictions on hours and passengers for six months. For motorcycles, you can get a learner’s permit at 14.

  2. That 6 might’ve been meant as a /superscript/ 6 then, pointing to a note like the other superscripts in that column.

  3. How I wish there were a chapter on legal obligations. Admittedly there aren’t as many of them, but, for example, it wouldn’t hurt readers to be told that–no matter your age–if your earnings are above a certain threshold, you must file a tax return even if nobody seeks you out, takes you by the hand and instructs you to do so.

    1. Amy–don’t look at it as a handbook for adults. This is an informational book that you’d find in a school library. Students have to research stuff like this as evidence for their theses. It should be updated, obv.

    2. I don’t understand. How sad was society that Hammurabi had to put up a stele listing the laws on it? As Hammurabi said, this is “to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil-doers; so that the strong should not harm the weak; … enlighten the land, to further the well-being of mankind.” That stele and this volume informed people of their rights and obligations under the law, so they know what they can and can’t do and what others can and can’t impose on them.

      Page 65, shown above, is “minimum wage and you”, lightly tailored for teens. Anyone who works a low paying job should know basically the modern version of that page, or their employer can cheat them. There are laws about posting those laws in the workplace where the employees can see them, because it’s important that employees knows their rights.

  4. Discard definitely, since this is outdated legal advice. Also, definitely replace with a current day book on teen/YA legal rights. The gay and lesbian chapter is certainly out of date.

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