AOC Chart For The 50 States & D.C.

The following chart lists the unrestricted legal age of consent for
each of the 50 united states and Washington DC. This means that, at that age, an individual can have sex with whomever they wish as long as that person is consenting and they are the same age or older. To have sex with someone under the age of consent is a strict liability crime (in most states) known as statutory rape. It is often referred to by other names such as sexual assault, sexual misconduct with a child, etc. In addition to the age of consent, the chart also indicates whether or not there is an age-gap provision for the state.

Many states have age-gap provisions that legalize teen sexuality as long as they are within a certain age range. Other states have "affirmative defense" clauses. In all states, dating, hugging, holding hands and kissing are not illegal. In some states, fondling, groping through the clothes or other such things known as "3rd base" is illegal.

  U.S. State Age of Consent Age Gap Provision* Mistake of Age Defense**
Alabama 16 Yes No
  Alaska 16 Yes Yes
  Arizona 18 No Yes
  Arkansas 16 No Yes
  California 18 No No
  Colorado 17 Yes No
  Connecticut 16 Yes No
  D.C. 16 Yes No
  Delaware 18 Yes No
  Florida 18 Yes No



16 Yes No
  Hawaii 16 Yes No
  Idaho 18 Yes No
  Illinois 17 No No
  Indiana 16 No Yes
  Iowa 16 Yes No
  Kansas 16 No No
  Kentucky 16 Yes Yes
  Louisiana 17 Yes No
  Maine 16 Yes Yes
  Maryland 16 Yes No
  Massachusetts 16 No No
  Michigan 16 No No
  Minnesota 16 Yes No
  Mississippi 16 Yes No
  Missouri 17 No Yes
  Montana 16 Yes Yes
  Nebraska 17 No No
  Nevada 16 No No
  New Hampshire 16 Yes No
  New Jersey 16 Yes No
  New Mexico 17 Yes No
  New York 17 No Yes
  North Carolina 16 Yes No
  North Dakota 18 No No
  Ohio 16 No No



16 Yes No
  Oregon 18 Yes No
  Pennsylvania 16 Yes Yes
  Rhode Island 16 No No
  South Carolina 16 No No
  South Dakota 16 No No
18 Yes No



17 No No
  Utah 18 Yes No
  Vermont 16 Yes No
  Virginia 18 No No
  Washington 16 Yes Yes
  West Virginia 16 Yes Yes
  Wisconsin 18 No No
  Wyoming 18 Yes Yes

* Note: Some state laws make the age gap less of a crime but still consider it criminal activity that can be prosecuted.;
where this is the case we have listed ‘No’.
** Note: In the absence of an affirmative or negative, we have presumed
the answer to be no. Also, some states only allow mistake of age above a certain

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