Work Permit for Minors (Age 14-17)
Minors must be offered employment before applying for a work permit.
Work permits are not valid unless signed by the minor, the minor’s parents or legal guardian, and the minor’s employer.
Please fill out the online application for work permit.
- Complete all required information.
- Print work permit.
- The minor, a parent/legal guardian, and the employer sign the permit
- Once complete, the employer must keep a copy on file for three (3) years.
Minor Work Permit: Information you need to know
- Work permits are required for all minors under the age of 18 to work in the State of Maryland.
- Work permits are not issued to minors under the age of 14. (Unless the child is a model, performer or entertainer with a special permit. Special permits are issued only by the Commissioner’s Office.)
- Work permits are issued by the Division of Labor and Industry.
- Work permits are not issued until the minor has been offered a job.
- If the minor changes jobs, a new work permit must be obtained.
- Employers are strongly encouraged to keep work permits on file for three years.
Minors 14 and 15 years of age may not be employed or permitted to:
- Work more than 4 hours on any day or more than 23 hours in any week when school is in session.
- Work more than 8 hours a day on any day or more than 40 hours in any week when school is not in session.
- Work before 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. (minors may work until 9:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day).
- Work more than 5 consecutive hours without a non-working period of at least 30 minutes.
Minors 16 and 17 years of age:
- May not spend more than 12 hours in a combination of school hours and work hours each day.
- Must be allowed at least 8 consecutive hours of non-work, non-school time in each 24 hour period.
- May not be permitted to work more than 5 consecutive hours without a non-working period of at least 30 minutes.