Students between the ages of 14-17 must have a work permit before they may begin employment in the state of Maryland and employers are required, by law, to keep a copy of the work permit on file for any employee aged 14-17. Students under the age of 14 are not permitted to work. Procedures for obtaining a work permit in the state of Maryland changed as of July 29, 2014; students are no longer required to take a copy of their permit application to an issuing agent. See the directions below for details on obtaining a Maryland work permit.
Students who plan to work in the District may click here for a printable work permit application for the District of Columbia. Students should complete the application and take it, along with his/her birth certificate, social security card and a letter on letterhead from the employer stating his/her intent to employ the student, to any District of Columbia public high school. If the child is under the age of 16, she should also have a letter of permission from a parent or guardian. If a student plans to work in Virginia she can pick up a work permit from any public school in Virginia.
How to Obtain Your Maryland Work Permit
- Go to https://www.dllr.state.md.us/ChildWorkPermit/web/content/Home.aspx and follow the directions to complete the on-line work permit application.
- Print a copy of the completed work permit.
- Sign the work permit.
- Have the parent or guardian sign the work permit.
- Have the employer sign the work permit.
- Make a copy of the signed work permit for your records if desired.
- Give the completed work permit to your employer for his/her files.