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 Youth Work Permits


Youth Work Permits/Employment Certificates

Children under age 18 must have a permit from the NC Department of Labor to be employed!

Both the U.S. and N.C. Departments of Labor are committed to helping young workers find positive and early employment experiences that can be so important to their development, but the work must be safe. Child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the youth employment provisions of the Wage & Hour Act (WHA) were enacted to ensure that the health, well-being or educational opportunities of young workers are not jeopardized.   

It is an unfortunate fact that children do get injured, even killed, in the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that more than 210,000 American children suffer occupational injuries every year.  More than 70,000 of these injuries are serious enough to warrant emergency room treatment. 

Once a youth reaches 18 years of age, he or she is no longer subject to the child labor/youth employment provisions. Youths under 18 years of age must obtain a youth employment certificate (work permit) when employed, even if they are employed by their parents. 

Children under 14 years of age may not be employed in non-agricultural occupations, except as noted in the Fact Sheet.

NC Department of Labor Fact Sheet for Youth Employment Certificates 

Once a youth has a firm offer of a job, follow this link to obtain a Youth Work Permit/Employment Certificate:
Youth Work Permit/Employment Certificate Application

Using this online application means the youth no longer needs to come to Social Services to get their Work Permit.

Overview of Child Labor Laws - NC Department of Labor