Minors under 16 years old must obtain a work permit before beginning a job. This includes home-schoolers. They must obtain a new work permit every time the begin a new job until they reach 16 years of age, even if they work for their parents.
In order to apply for a work permit, the minor must be:
- enrolled in school;
- not habitually truant or under suspension; and
- passing a majority of courses during the current grading period.
Employers must have a stamped, approved work permit on file before allowing any minor under 16 years old to work.
Once the minor has the promise of a job, she or he must take proof of age to the Milford School Department Superintendent’s office. Parent or guardian permission is required to work.
The Milford School Department will complete the permit and mail the forms and proof of age to the Maine Department of Labor. A copy of the Maine Work Permit Form can be downloaded here.
The Department will review the permit to ensure that the minor is of legal age to work at the business and that the occupation is not hazardous. If the permit is in order, it will be validated and a copy will be kept in their files. Two copies will be returned to the Milford School Department, one to be kept on file, and one to be sent to the employer. This process can take up to one week.
Permits are not transferrable to other jobs, a separate work permit is needed for each place of employment. A minor can have one active permit during the school year and two during the summer.