Are you keeping up on cultural trends in American society? Examine the issue of teens obtaining a drivers license. The legal age for getting a license is 16 in most states in the U.S. In 1978, 50% of 16-year-olds had one, and 75% of 17-years-old had one. In 2008, only 31% of 16-year-olds had one and a mere 49% of 17-year-olds