DLLR's Division of Labor and Industry

 

Employment of Minors (Work Permits)

 

E-Mail Address: DLESSMinorWorkPermit_DLLR@maryland.gov

Maryland Division of Labor and Industry

 

Work Permits:

  • 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.
  • 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 keep work permits on file for three years."
     
  • To obtain a Work Permit:
      • The minor applies for a permit online and prints permit.
      • The minor signs the permit.
      • The minor's parent or guardian signs the permit.
      • The employer signs the permit.
 
 

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Age:

  • A minor under the age of 14 may not be employed or permitted to work unless the child is a model, performer or entertainer with a special permit. Special permits are issued only by the Commissioner's Office. Information can be obtained by calling (410) 767-2239.
  • Minors 14 through 17 years

Hours:
Minors 14 and 15 years of age may not be employed or permitted to:

  • work more than 4 hours on any day when school is in session.
  • work more than 8 hours a day on any day when school is not in session.
  • work more than 23 hours in any week when school is in session.
  • work 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.

Hours of work for minors employed by an employer covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act are more restrictive than those allowed by Maryland law. In general, it is the more protective standards which apply.

Minors 16 and 17 years of age:

  • May spend no 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.

Occupations:

Certain occupations are declared to be hazardous by the U.S. Secretary of Labor and have been adopted by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. The Commissioner has forbidden employment by minors under 18 in other occupations. Additional areas of employment are restricted to minors under the age of 16. Information on all of these areas of restricted employment is available from Issuing Officers in Maryland's secondary schools or from the Division of Labor and Industry. Find out more on the Employment of Minors Fact Sheet (PDF document, download Adobe Acrobat for free).

Special Permit for Entertainment Industry for Minors under 14 years of age (PDF document, 41KB, download Adobe Acrobat for free)

References:
Labor and Employment Article, Title 3, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland

Publications available:
Employment of Minors Fact Sheet (PDF document, download Adobe Acrobat for free)

A note to issuing officers

For additional information, contact:
Employment Standards Service
Division of Labor and Industry

1100 N. Eutaw St. - Room 607
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-2357
FAX: (410) 333-7303
E-Mail Address: DLESSMinorWorkPermit_DLLR@maryland.gov

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