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How to Obtain a Work Permit

Youth between the ages of 14-17 are required to obtain a work permit.

How Do I Get a Work Permit?

Work permits are issued by your school district. You can obtain a work permit at your local high school. Over the summer or when school is not in session, the work permit may be obtained from the superintendent of schools office in the district where you live.

Youth ages 14-17 must obtain a work permit before starting a new job. A Physicians Certificate of Health is required only for 14 and 15 year olds.

When Do I Get a Work Permit?

  1. You must first receive a job offer from an employer.
  2. Ask the employer to complete the Promise of Employment section.
  3. If you are 14-15 years of age, ask the physician to complete the Certificate of Health.

For further information about work permits or to learn about Child Labor Laws, please visit the Mass.gov website.

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