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Employ Child Performers, Certificate of Eligibility


State Labor, Department of

Businesses that employ child performers need a Certificate of Eligibility. The certificate comes from the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL).

First-time and temporary performers must apply for a 15-day permit. Afterwards, performers can get a certificate for one year.

The business must get this certificate if it pays a fee or controls the site where the child performs.

Certain requirements for the child's well-being must be met.

If you have any questions about this certificate, call the Permit and Certificate Unit of the Division of Labor Standards at (518) 457-1942. You also can send your questions by email to

NYS Department of Labor

Division of Labor Standards
State Office Building Campus, Building 12
Albany, NY 12240
Phone (888) 469-7365
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