Youth Employment Certificate


Any youth under the age of 18 who works in North Carolina for any employer must have a youth employment certificate.

Please call 1-800-625-2267 if you have any questions.

How to Handle Completed Certificates:

  • Certificate needs to be signed by the youth, the parent or legal guardian and the employer.
  • Completed and signed certificates must be given to the employer on or before the first day of work.
  • The employer must verify the youth’s age, proposed job duties and any restrictions noted on the certificate.
  • The certificate must be maintained by the employer for two years after employment ends or until age 20, as appropriate.
  • It is NOT necessary to mail the completed certificate to the North Carolina Department of Labor.


Answer the following questions to determine if you meet all of the requirements to print a youth employment certificate.

You cannot print the certificate unless you have Adobe Reader or Adobe Reader DC installed.

To verify that you have Adobe Reader or Adobe Reader DC installed follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button on your taskbar (usually found in the bottom left of the computer screen).
  2. Select All Programs from the pop-up menu.
  3. Verify that there is a folder called Adobe Acrobat listed or you see an the application listed as Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat DC.

For MAC users:

  1. Select Launchpad from your dock.
  2. Type Acrobat in the search field.
  3. Verify that there is an application called Adobe Acrobat.

If you determine you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat DC installed, click the Get Adobe Reader DC button below before continuing.

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