Work Permits Information

Work Permits are required for youths under 18 years of age who wish to work, unless there is an exemption from the youth employment requirements of the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act.

Several years ago the Department of Labor created a new online program to apply for work permits – YEC Auto. YEC Auto is a more streamlined process that significantly reduces wait time and paperwork for your employees. When a youth contacts your agency regarding a youth employment certificate they should be advised to go our website click youth employment permit and they should be at the YEC Auto page.

From that page the youth can find all the instructions to complete the form accurately, print it out and begin working. The entire process can be completed at home, school, a library or any place with a computer connected to the internet and a printer. There will no longer be a need to go to a DSS office.