Child Labor Law

NOTE: The emergency rule allowing issuing officers to conduct a remote application process through the use of video and conference has expired. Issuing officers must refer back to the in-person application process as provided in Section 12 of the Child Labor Law 820 ILCS 205.  

Child Labor Law Regulates the employment of workers under 16 years of age. The law protects children by:
  1. requiring employment certificates. The certificate confirms that a minor is old enough to work, physically capable to perform the job, and that the job will not interfere with the minor's education;
  2. prohibiting work in hazardous occupations; and
  3. limiting working hours. All work before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. is prohibited. However, work until 9 p.m. is allowed from June 1 through Labor Day.
  4. Requiring that a child performer in an artistic or creative service have a trust fund set up in their name where 15% of their gross earnings will be deposited.
Special Note (Posted 5/15/18): URL access to the Child Labor Certificate has changed to: .

Contact Numbers

  • Child Labor Information: (312) 793-5570
  • Child Labor HOTLINE: (800) 645-5784 (toll free)