Work Permits

The website for Maryland’s Department of Labor and Industry Work Permit for Minors page has been updated.  Minors can now find blank applications and complete the online upload of their application all in one location.  Please visit the ChildWorkPermit homepage for additional information.

Instructions for the Minor

Work Permit Application (in .pdf format, with SRHS specific instructions included)

Online Work Permit Applicationcomplete this section after your paper application has been signed by employer and parent

In order to complete processing and issue a Work Permit for a Minor, students must bring the completed and SIGNED paper application, the Minor Data Receipt printed from the online application (if available), and a document for birth date verification to the SRHS Counseling Office.  Office hours are 7:30am to 2:30pm daily.


In Maryland, all teens between the ages of 14 and 17, once offered employment, are required to have a Work Permit before beginning work. Teens cannot apply for a Work Permit until they have gotten a job offer, since the application for a Work Permit requires details from the employer, including the proposed occupation and work description.

The Maryland Employment of Minors Law seeks to protect minor children so that their employment experience is not a detriment to their education or safety. Minors are limited in the hours they may work during periods when school is in session. There are specific jobs and occupations that children are not allowed to work because they have been determined to be potentially dangerous for minor employment.

Minors under age 14 cannot be issued permits, with the exception of children working in the entertainment industry. Children working in the entertainment industry are required to have a special permit that is issued directly by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry upon application.  This permit must be in the employer’s possession before the minor is permitted to work.



Minors 14 and 15 years of age may not be employed or permitted to work more than:

(1)     4 hours on any day when school is in session.

(2)     8 hours on any day when school is not in session.

(3)     23 hours in any week when school is in session for five days.

(4)     40 hours in any week when school is not in session.

A minor 14 or 15 years of age may not be employed or permitted to work before 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.  A minor may be employed or permitted to work until 9:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The hours worked by a minor enrolled in a bona fide work-study or student-learner program when school is normally in session may not be counted towards the permissible hours of work prescribed above.

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.  They must also be allowed at least 8 consecutive hours of non-work, non-school time in each 24-hour period.

Minors 14 through 17 years of age may not be employed or permitted to work more than 5 hours continuously without a non-working period of at least ½ hour.


If parents have any concerns, or feel that a child’s work experience is detrimental to them, please contact the Division of Labor and Industry at or call (410) 767-2239.

SRHS Application for Work Permit

Fact Sheet for Working Teens

For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry

1100 N. Eutaw St. – Room 606
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-2239
FAX: (410) 767-2986
E-Mail Address:

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