Apply for an entertainment industry waiver

With an approved waiver, minors involved in entertainment, theatrical, and film productions may work beyond the time and hour restrictions in the child labor laws.
Applications for waivers must be received at least 1 week before the work is to begin.

Child Labor Waiver Unit

Attorney General's Fair Labor Division

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What you need   for Apply for an entertainment industry waiver

Completed applications and a non-refundable $100 money order, cashier’s check or certified check (made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) or credit card payment must be received by the Child Labor Waiver Unit before a waiver may be issued.  Applications must be received at least 1 week before the work is to begin.  Applicants must provide complete information regarding each minor for whom they are seeking a waiver.  If there are issues with your waiver application, you will be contacted as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered; application fees are non-refundable.

The application requires the following information:

  • name, address, telephone number, and contact person for the company/organization that will employ the child;
  • name of play, movie or production;
  • total number of minor(s) included on application;
  • confirmation of company’s valid workers’ compensation insurance policy for all Massachusetts employees;
  • the name and date of birth and for each minor;
  • the name(s) and signature(s) of each minor’s parent(s) or guardian(s);
  • the name of the parent or guardian who will be on site with each minor;
  • the dates and locations (full address) of rehearsals and performances; and
  • name of on-set tutor for any minor (kindergarten through 12th grade) who will be working more than 3 consecutive days (this requirement also applies for minors who are home schooled); if a minor has a High School Equivalency Testing Certificate (formerly GED), this requirement is waived if a copy of the certificate is produced with the waiver application.

Applications must be received by the Waiver Unit at least one week prior to commencement of the work for which the waiver is sought. Click the link below, download the document, then open it:

Entertainment Industry Child Labor Waiver Application

If your waiver is granted, it will be mailed or emailed to you prior to the commencement of the work.

Fees   for Apply for an entertainment industry waiver

If there are change(s) to the approved production date(s) after receiving an approved waiver, you may submit a request to amend an approved wavier without paying an additional fee.  However, if there are changes other than date, i.e. additional minors, you must submit a new waiver application along with a $100 processing fee for each new waiver application.

Name Fee Unit
Child labor waiver application $100 per application

How to apply   Apply for an entertainment industry waiver

Please submit an electronic version of the application (PDF) to A hard copy is not required.

Incomplete applications and/or applications without an application processing fee will not be reviewed or considered; processing fees are non-refundable.

Applicants must submit the $100 processing fee (per application) online by credit card, or in the form of a certified check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to: Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

If submitting your processing fee online by credit card, please visit . Please enter "24-01-23456-789" in the Citation Number field and continue with the online payment system as you normally would.

If submitting your fee by U.S. Mail, please send the payment to:
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
P. O. Box 412985
Boston, MA 02241-2985

If submitting your fee by FedEx or overnight mail, please send the payment to:
Bank of America Lockbox Services
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office 412985
2 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125

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