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Minimum Age to Work in North Carolina

Minimum Age to Work in North Carolina


Federal child labor laws state that the minimum age to work is 14 (with some exceptions).

However, child labor laws in each state may also indicate the minimum age to work and which permits are needed. When there is a conflict between federal and state laws, the more restrictive law will apply.

Here is an overview of the requirements for children to work in each state. For specific laws and rules, visit the state labor website.

State: North Carolina

Child employment certificate needed to work: Required by North Carolina state law for kids under age 18.

Where to obtain employment certificate: Provided by the Department of Labor or the County Social Services.

Age certificate needed to work: Not required.

State Labor Website: North Carolina State Labor Website

Requirements for other states: Minimum age to work by state.

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