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.
Child employment certificate needed to work: Required by Ohio state law for kids under age 16 at all times; required for kids ages 16 and 17 during school.
Where to obtain employment certificate: Provided by the school.
Age certificate needed to work: Not required. However, proof of age is required for 16 and 17 year olds during vacation; exceptions may apply for seasonal amusement parks.
State Labor Website: Ohio State Labor Website
Requirements for other states: Minimum age to work by state.