Getting a work permit in Maine is much easier than most teens think, but the entire process can be pretty confusing if you've never done it before. Because of this, we've created this page which outlines everything you need to know about getting a work permit in Maine. If you're under the age of 16, a work permit is required to work part-time at any company, so follow what we've outlined here and you can get a job in no time.
Maine is responsible for producing 90% of the country’s toothpick supply, as well as 99% of the production of blueberries in the United States. These are just a few of the things going on in the state of Maine, where minors as young as 14 may seek employment, however youth under the age of 16 must obtain a work permit that is signed by the superintendent of schools where the minor resides or the superintendent’s designated school official. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Maine.
Obtaining a work permit in Maine is a straightforward process. Minors in Maine who are seeking to work and are under the age of 16 should take the following steps to obtain a work permit:
The work permit in Maine is employer-specific and cannot be transferred from one employer to another. If the minor is under the age of 16, they will have to get a new work permit each time they decide to get a new job. During the school year, a minor aged 14 or 15 can have one active work permit. During the summer the minor can have two active work permits.
All minors aged 14 and 15 seeking employment in Maine must have a work permit. In order for a minor to obtain a work permit in Maine, they must find an employer willing to hire them, and the employer must provide information regarding the occupation the minor will perform. The employer may not have the minor begin work before the minor has obtained and provided them with a work permit. Once the employer has received the work permit, the employer will have the following responsibilities:
The responsibility of employers who seek to hire youth aged 14 and 15 in Maine is simple, with a clear process to follow. The most challenging for minors will likely be to find a place of employment. Once they have done that, it should not be difficult to obtain a work permit and begin employment.