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Portions of this page have been taken directly from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation's Work Permits webpage for informational purposes. Visit the DLL website for the most accurate and up-to-date information about work permits for teenagers.


The Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation is the state agency that regulates how and when teenagers may work paid employment in Maryland. As of September 2018, the following guidelines apply to minors.

  • Children under the age of 14 may not be employed or permitted to work.
    • EXCEPTION: Children under the age of 14 who wish to work as a model, performer, or entertainer should contact the the Division of Labor and Industry's Commissioner at 410-767-2239 for more information.

  • Teens under the age of 18 may not need a work permit for the following jobs IF the work takes place outside of the regular school day. Questions about the need for a work permit should be directed to DLLR.
    • Farm work performed on a farm
    • Domestic work performed in or about a home
    • Work performed in a business owned or operated by a parent
    • Caddying on a golf course
    • Employment as an instructor on an instructional sailboat
    • Manufacturing of evergreen wreaths in or about a home
    • Delivery of newspapers to the consumer
    • Work performed as a counselor, assistant counselor, or instructor at a youth camp certified under the Maryland Youth Camp Act
    • Hazardous work performed by non-paid volunteers of a volunteer fire department or company or volunteer rescue squad who have completed or are taking a course of study relating to firefighting or rescue AND who are 16 years of age or older



  • 14 and 15 year old MAY WORK:
    • 4 hours on any day when school is in session
    • 8 hours on any day when school is not in session
    • 23 hours in any week when school is in session for 5 days
    • 40 hours in any week when school is not in session
    • 5 consecutive hours with a mandatory non-working period of at least 30-minutes
    • Between the hours of 7:00 am and 8:00 pm
    • Until 9:00 pm from Memorial Day until Labor Day


  • 16 and 17 year olds:
    • May spend no more than 12 hours in combination of school hours and work hours each day.
    • Must be allowed at least 8 consecutive hours of non-work, on-school time in each 24 hour period.

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