Child Labor

The Iowa Division of Labor protects Iowa's children from certain hazards and from being overworked. The extent of these protections, found in Iowa Code chapter 92 and its rules, depends upon the age of the child.

Children 16 and 17 years old are prohibited from doing certain dangerous tasks and from certain dangerous occupations.

Children 14 and 15 years old have additional restrictions, there are limits on the time and hours they can work, and must have a permit. The Iowa Child Labor Permit Instructions has details on filling out a work permit.

For information on federal child labor law, contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, in Des Moines at 515-284-4625. Employers are subject to both state and federal child labor laws and, when there are differences, must follow the law that gives the most protection.

A child labor work permit is not a driving permit. If a driving permit or license is needed, contact the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Quick Links

Iowa Child Labor Permit
Iowa Child Labor Permit Instructions
General Order Employment of Minors at the Iowa State Fair
Special Order Requirements
Physician's Certification of Minor's Age
Child Labor Iowa Code and Administrative Rules
Child Labor "Vice" Jobs: Liquor, Tobacco and Gambling 
Teen Summer Jobs: Safety Pays
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Contact the Child Labor Staff