Youth Employment Certificate (Working Papers)

A Youth Employment Certificate may be obtained online directly through the Department of Labor, please click here.  If you need further assistance, please contact the Department of Labor at 603-271-3176.  

Employment of Minors in the State of New Hampshire

A Youth Employment Certificate is required for any youth 12 to 15 years old and must be on file at the employer's place of business within three business days of the first day of employment.  You can only obtain working papers AFTER a job has been secured.  You must obtain a new working paper for each job obtained up until age 16.

  • The employer should provide the student with an "Employer's Request for Child Labor form".  This form must be completed by the employer (signed, federal ID number provided, and contain a detailed description of the work being done by this student).


For youth ages 16 & 17, employers are required to have on file at the workplace, at the time employment begins, written permission by the parent or guardian of a 16 or 17-year-old permitting the youth's employment.


Please Note: The State of NH does not provide working papers for any state outside of New Hampshire.  If you live in NH and will be working in MA or ME, you will have to obtain working papers in the state you will be working in.