My 17 yo dd has her license and got it after taking driver's ed and completing 50 hours of driving per Kansas law with a licensed adult (her step dad & I). 10 of those hours had to be at night. She had been 16 for several months prior to earning her license.
We bought dd a $600 car (so you can imagine what it looks like
) although it is in my dh's & my names.
She has to pay for gas, insurance and personal property tax. Paying her own insurance also serves as another motivation for keeping good grades since she has a good student discount.
Gotta hope that you taught them well and trust that they will have good judgement.
I'm not for waiting until 18 to get a license for many of the same reasons glh states.
Those of you without teenagers age 14 and older - never say never....you will be amazed at how much driving you do when they start activities in high school. You will be RELIEVED to have them driving themselves (as long as you can trust them and know that they will be level-headed while driving).