Short Answer: The largest national pizza chains require customers to be at least 13 to order pizza online. Age requirements are not typically enforced for orders placed over the phone — though pizzerias reserve the right to refuse orders if they suspect foul play. Policies vary at smaller chains and local restaurants; some restaurants require customers to be at least 18 to order pizza. The easiest way to order pizza as a minor is to place a phone order and pay with cash or have a parent or guardian place an order online and choose cash as the payment method. Below, we answer more questions related to how old you have to be to order pizza.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Order Pizza?
Pizza places typically do not have a set minimum age for phone orders, the representatives said. As long as you can speak clearly and pay for the order, you will not be asked to give or confirm your age. Pizzerias can, however, refuse an order if the caller sounds too young to reasonably place an order or an employee suspects the call is a prank.
Smaller pizza chains and local restaurants have various age restrictions. For example, Jet’s Pizza, which has restaurants in about 20 states, requires customers to be at least the age of majority in the state where you’re placing an order. (The age of majority ranges from 18 to 21; most states set the age of majority at 18.)
Keep in mind, some online ordering systems require credit card payment. You may need to provide a matching photo ID and signature. If you’re too young to have a credit card, it would be best to place an order by phone and pay with cash. Papa John’s and Pizza Hut are two national chains that accept cash for deliveries. Alternately, you can have a parent or guardian place an online order. If the parent or guardian will not be home at the time of delivery, he/she can choose cash as the payment method.
When placing a cash-on-delivery order, be sure you have enough money to tip the delivery driver. Additionally, it is best to exercise caution when accepting deliveries as a minor; do not tell anyone that you are home alone and check who is at the door before answering it.
Wondering how late you can place an order for delivery? See our related article on Papa John’s closing time.