Employment Certificate Application Instructions


Employment certificates are obtained through the Agency’s online system Virginia Electronic Employment Certificate System, (VAeECS).  The youth must have a job offer prior to applying for an employment certificate. The process requires online actions by the youth, employer, and parent, guardian, or custodian in that order.

The first step in the process is youth registration online.  Upon successful registration, the youth will be issued a unique identifier number.  This unique identifier number must be provided to the prospective employer to register to employ the youth, and to the parent, guardian, or custodian for consent to employment.  All parties should follow the screen prompts to properly register and complete required actions online.

Once an employment certificate has been issued the employer will receive the certificate electronically.   In accordance with §40.1-96 of the Code of Virginia, the employer must present the employment certificate to the youth for their signature.  The employer is required by §40.1-96 to retain either a paper or electronic copy of the employment certificate so long as the youth is employed or for a period of 36 months, whichever is longer.

VIRGINIA Youth Electronic Employment Certificate Instructions Overview

Youth Employment Certificates are issued through Virginia’s New Employment Certificate application site.  Please read the notices below PRIOR to beginning the registration process.

  • Youth MUST BE age 14 or age 15 to apply for an employment certificate.
  • Youth DO NOT begin the registration process for an employment certificate until you have a firm offer of employment.
  • You WILL NOT be issued an employment certificate until you have an employer.
  • You MUST NOT begin to work until you have been issued an employment certificate by the Department of Labor and Industry.

Youth, Employer, and Parent, Guardian or Custodian, it is IMPORTANT to review the “Child Labor FAQ’s” on the Agency website PRIOR TO REGISTERING for important legal requirements concerning the employment of youth in the Commonwealth.

Click here to begin the online registration process

Click here for instructions on how to apply manually


*Working in DC: If you are under 18 years old and want to work in DC, please see Ms. Catino for more information


Source: The above information is found on the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry website at http://www.doli.virginia.gov/laborlaw/employment_certificate_instructions.html: