Who Must Have a Youth Employment Permit (Work Permit)
Workers ages 14-18 must get a work permit before starting a new job.
How to Get a Work Permit
- Download a work permit application below or call the Department of Labor Standards at 617-626-6975. The applications are available in several languages. You, your employer, your parents, and possibly a doctor will each need to fill out parts of the application.
- Bring the completed application to the appropriate school district:
- If you live in Massachusetts, go to the superintendent of schools for the town where you live or go to school. Your superintendent may have designated someone in your school to issue work permits.
- If you do not live in Massachusetts, go to the superintendent of schools for the town where you will be working.
The employer must keep the original work permit at the child’s workplace as long as the child works there or until s/he turns 18.
If the job ends, voluntarily or otherwise, the employer must return the work permit to the superintendent's office within 2 days of the termination. Most schools keep the permits on file until the child turns 18.
Important! Even if a child is no longer in school, s/he is still covered by child labor laws in the same way that students of the same age are covered.
Permits Do Not Transfer
If the child has a new job or a new job location, s/he must get a new permit.
If a child works at more than one location, the employer must have a permit on file at each location.
If the child keeps the same job the next school year, s/he may still use the same permit.