Work Permits for Minors in Films
Department of Labor and Industries
Patricia Kennish (Olympia): (360) 902-5303
Employment Standards Office
All production companies must contact the Department of Revenue when hiring any minors for any type of project. The link to the theatrical child labor site is here.
A Master Business License with a minor work permit endorsement is required when a person or company is hiring minors. A UBI Number is the “Unified Business Identifier Number” and is the same as a Tax Identification Number or a Washington State Business Number.
*When registering to do business in the State of Washington you may be subject to Business and Occupation Tax. Consult the Department of Revenue or your payroll services company for details.
Child Labor permission requires the following:
Minor Work Endorsement: Department of Revenue Licensing Service on-line application http://bls.dor.wa.gov/minorworkpermit.aspx
If you have questions, contact the Department of Revenue at (360)705-6744
Parent/School Authorization Form (L&I form):
Variance Application (L&I form)
Both can be found at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/TeenWorkers/HiringMinors/Theatrical
A variance is needed if:
The minor is under age 14
The minor will be working during school hours
The minor will be working additional hours beyond the limits allowed for those under age 18
Under some circumstances if prohibited work activities are involved. http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/TeenWorkers/Prohibited
|AGE||HOURS PER DAY|
|Under 6 year olds||6 hours (excluding meal periods, including school time, if any)|
|6 – 9 year olds||8 hours (excluding meal periods, including school time, if any)|
|9 – 13 year olds||9 hours (excluding meal periods, including school time, if any)|
|14 – 15 year olds||3 hours School Weeks (8 hours Sat – Sun), 8 hours Non-School Weeks|
|16-17 year olds||4 hours School Weeks (8 hours Sat-Sun), 6 hours School Weeks with a variance (8 hours Fri-Sun), 8 hours Non School Weeks|
For further questions or clarification, please contact L&I, go to their website, or contact SAG/AFTRA for guidance on child actors at (206) 282-2506.