Child Labor Waiver Information


Mission Statement In conjunction with the Department’s mission to “license efficiently and regulate fairly”, the mission of the Child Labor Program is to provide a program of education, enforcement, and administrative initiatives designed to achieve full compliance in the enforcement of Child Labor laws and ensure the health, education and welfare of Florida’s working minors.

Vision Ensure the health, education and welfare of Florida’s working minors is observed in the workplace.

Getting Started in the Child Labor

Who Can Apply for a State Waiver?
The Child Labor program reviews waiver requests from minors who are no longer enrolled in the public school K-12 programs. School Districts are responsible for issuing waivers for students who are enrolled in the public school K-12 programs. While it is the minor’s waiver request, employers, family members or friends may assist the applicant in completing the application. A waiver is granted by the state of Florida to minors who are enrolled in:
  • Private School
  • Home-School
  • GED Adult Ed & GED Prep Classes
  • Expelled/Withdrawn
  • Financial Hardship
  • Medical Hardship
  • Court Order
  • Other Hardship

A waiver is valid for one year or until the minor turns 18. To renew a waiver application, supporting documents are required:

  • Notarized letter requesting a new waiver
  • Supporting documents for new changes if any (example: address, school type, or hardship).
  • A new  waiver application is required if you are a 15 year old turning 16
  • Copy of old waiver

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Child Labor Division. Business Hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

Jerry Wilson, Director
Division of Regulation

Sophia Terrelonge, Program Manager
Child Labor Program
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Telephone: 850.488.3131
Toll-Free Line: 800.226.2536
Facsimile: 850.487.4928