16th Birthday Messages, Wishes, and Poems: What to Write in a Card

Even at 16 years old, the amount of seconds makes the person seem a lot older.
Even at 16 years old, the amount of seconds makes the person seem a lot older.

What to Write in a 16th Birthday Card

Turning 16 is a milestone in many different cultures. 16 is right in the middle of the teenage years–it's the median age between 13 and 19, the highpoint of adolescence, and 16-year-olds may have some of the highest standards of humor when receiving funny birthday wishes. Keep in mind that you don't have to be funny and you can instead acknowledge some positive traits of the birthday boy or girl, if you prefer.

16 is a milestone because it marks the minimum age for driving. When you write in a 16-year-old's birthday card, feel free to joke about driving. The following will give you some ideas of what you can write to the new driver.

Your 16-year-old may not be all that excited about driving, and in that case, you can use another focus such as "sweet sixteen" or just being a teenager. Examples of these are also included below.

Fun and Funny 16th Birthday Wishes

If you don't want to be totally serious, you can use one of these funny and fun birthday wishes for people turning 16. Don't forget to add some personal information and details and use inside jokes if you can.

  1. You only get to turn 16 once. Have a great time on your birthday.
  2. At 16, you are a middle-aged teenager. You have 3 years behind you and 3 years ahead of you in your teens. You probably won’t enjoy the next time you are called middle-aged, so have fun on your 16th birthday.
  3. At your age, you are the least experienced driver on the road without a driving instructor in the car. You are what everyone else on the road is worried about. Congratulations on your scary new status. Happy 16th!
  4. You’re 16, and I’m issuing you a license to have an awesome birthday! Enjoy!
  5. Your parents are secretly excited about you turning 16. They no longer have to be your chauffeur.
  6. Stay sweet as long as you can, even though you will only be 16 for the next year.
  7. 16 is a year of gaining independence. Be careful with yours.
  8. Now you can actually drive a car instead of just driving your parents crazy.
  9. 16 is the perfect age: you get the independence without all the responsibility.
  10. You might be getting birthday gifts on your 16th birthday, but your auto insurance company is getting a birthday premium, too.
  11. You are growing up way too fast. Happy 16th birthday!
  12. You’d be an adult in some countries in the world. With that in mind, I’m sure you’ll have no problem buying your own car, paying for your own insurance and gas, and paying to repair it.
  13. You AUTO be just about old enough to drive now that you’re 16.
  14. Whoever called your age ‘sweet sixteen’ must not have been from this century.

Happy 16th Birthday Wishes

These are some positive messages that will work well for 16th birthday cards. If you are writing to a good kid, these will work fine:

  1. "You are really growing up to become a neat person. 16 is a really fun age, and I hope you have a blast this year!"
  2. "Happy 16th birthday! You are definitely growing up and showing maturity. It's cool to see what great things you are accomplishing."
  3. "The question of if you'll have a successful year comes down to whether you will make wise decisions and hang out with good influences. I trust you to have a great 16th year!"

Happy 16th Birthday

Texting and driving do not mix.
Texting and driving do not mix.

Happy Birthday Texts for the New Driver

  1. Hpy 16th Bday! Dnt Txt N Drv!
  2. Congrats! You're Driving! Now Put Down the Phone!
  3. U Put the Sweet in Sweet 16!
  4. 16 X's and 16 O's! <3
  5. Yay! I have another chauffeur!
  6. This text is your present! Ha ha!

16th Poem for a Card

Poetry can be a nice way to convey your thoughts and wishes on a birthday. You can use this poem for your 16th card, or write your own:

16, The Perfect Age

Now you are sixteen years old
And you're old enough to drive
But not enough to be an adult
Where one day you'll arrive

No worrying about being older
You've plenty of time for fun
Responsibility is still minimal
Your childhood is not yet done

You are the perfect age now
And you may not realize it
Many adults would gladly trade
Your perfect age at 16, for a zit

Benefits of Turning 16

What's the best thing about turning 16?

  • Driving
  • Dating
  • Dropping out of School
  • Getting a Job
  • Worrying your parents about all the the above
See results without voting
Keep in mind that you can also use a 16th birthday message as a text message, Facebook or Instagram post, or email for the tech-savvy 16-year-old, but cards are still cool, too.
Keep in mind that you can also use a 16th birthday message as a text message, Facebook or Instagram post, or email for the tech-savvy 16-year-old, but cards are still cool, too.

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