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Maryland teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 may work paid employment, as long as they have a state-issued work permit.

Once a teenager has been offered a specific job, they must complete the following steps to obtain a work permit:

  1. Apply for a work permit online through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
  2. Complete the entire application, including Minor's Personal Information and Employer's Information, including type of business, supervisor's name, and work duties.
  3. Print the completed application.
  4. Sign the application. It requires 3 signatures: The teen worker, the parent, and the employer.
  5. Give the signed work permit to the employer, who is required to keep it on file for 3 years.
  6. Begin working!


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