Student Support Services

Working Papers - Employment of Minors

School districts in New York State are responsible for issuing employment certificates and permits to qualified applicants. This is not a function of the State Education Department. The information presented here, is intended to assist students, parents, school officials who issue the appropriate cards or booklets to students and perspective employers. It outlines the responsibility of each group as it applies to the issuance of working permits and certificates. Also included are; the forms necessary for applying for the permit, certificates or physical fitness forms, vendor information for printing or ordering permits or certificates, and the laws and regulations that surrounds employment of minors.

Minors may apply for certificates where they live, where they go to school, or where they are to be employed.

Memo RE: Continuation of Optional Remote Application Process for Employment Certificates and Permits (Working Papers) - June 23, 2021

COVID-19 -  The NYS Board for Medicine has indicated that a virtual exam would be acceptable, as long as the provider documents a full history, attempts to get vitals, and tries to use a video chat method that allows them to see the person. See NYS Center for School Health FAQs for School Medical Directors and School Nurses.external link icon - April 9, 2020

COVID-19 - Memo RE: Working Papers for Minors and School Closures (pdf 114 KB)- March 31, 2020

Working Papers and Social Security Numbers

Memo Regarding the Issuance of Child Model Permits (pdf 21.00 KB)

Memo regarding Updated AT-17 Application for Employment Certificate and AT-22 Application for Employment Permit (Working Papers) - June 28, 2019

Laws and Regulations Concerning the Employment of Minors

Application for Employment Certificate - AT-17 (PDF File 238 KB) - Updated June 2019

COVID-19 - Fillable PDF Application for Employment Certificate - AT-17(PDF File 153 KB) - Updated May 2021

Application for Employment Permit - AT 22 (PDF File 123 KB) - Updated June 2019

COVID-19 - Fillable PDF Application for Employment Permit - AT 22(PDF File 116 KB) - Updated May 2021

Fillable Physical Fitness Certification - AT 16 (PDF File 163 KB) - Updated April 2020

Child Performer and Child Modelsexternal link

Employment Certificating Officers Manual

Vendors for certificates and permits

Standards for Printing Employment Applications, Certificates and Permits (for School Supply Companies)

NYS Department of Labor/Division of Labor Standards District Office Listexternal link

Work protection from New York State Department of Labor Standardsexternal link

Hours for Minors

Last Updated: June 25, 2021