What care can I consent to or give permission for (without an adult)?

Minors can consent to:

  • Emergency care
  • Screening and treatment of contagious and reportable diseases, including STIs such as chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV
  • Prenatal and delivery care related to pregnancy
  • Some immunizations if pregnant or parenting
  • Counseling for suicidal ideation, chemical addiction or dependency, and sexual, physical, or emotional abuse


Other medical services and treatments may require caregiver consent.

If you are under 18 and need a prescription medication, you must obtain medical consent from a designated medical consenter or seek court authorization to be your own medical consenter.

There are some exceptions where people under the age 18 can consent to all medical care, including if legally emancipated, married, serving in the armed forces, pregnant (except for abortion), confined in an adult prison (except for abortion), and if they are 16 or older and managing their own finances.