Working Papers

All minors under the age of 18 who work in New Jersey must have an employment certificate, also known as “working papers,” or a special permit (for agriculture, newspaper carrier, or theatrical employment). An employment certificate is required for each employer.

The New Jersey Department of Labor has made getting working papers much easier. All working papers applications can now be completed online by the minor worker, caregiver (parent/guardian), and employer.

Click on the link to access The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Young Workers Website with access to complete instructions and working paper applications.

For information on Child Labor Laws, please click on the link to access: U.S. Department of Labor Website