The State of New York requires that all child performers under 18 years of age who either reside in the state of New York or work in the state of New York obtain a television work permit and UTMA/UGMA account.
A Temporary 15 Day Work Permit can be obtained on-line for the child's FIRST job only. Parents must read and follow the directions carefully on how to obtain a 12 month work permit. 12 month permits must be renewed in the mail or your child will not be allowed to work if he/she books another job. It is your sole responsibility to keep the permits current.
VISIT THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CHILD PERFORMER CENTER HERE: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/secure/child_index.shtm
15 DAY TEMPORARY PERMIT: click on Child Performer Online Application System
12 MONTH PERMIT OR RENEWAL: click on Child Permit Application Form
UTMA stands for THE UNIFORM TRANSFERS TO MINORS ACT. UGMA stands for THE UNIFORM GIFTS TO MINORS ACT. Any bank can open these types of accounts for your child. Or you can open a Blocked Trust account at the following places:
· ACTORS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: (http://actorsfcu.com)
CALL (212) 869-8926 AND ASK FOR MEMBER SERVICES.
· FIRST ENTERTAINMENT CREDIT UNION: ( http://www.firstent.org)
CALL 1-888-800-3328 X362
For information on obtaining a work permit in the state of California please visit http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSE-CL.htm.
NOTE: CA permits are only required for jobs that film in CA. Do not obtain this permit until you have booked a CA job.
CA payroll companies also require a Coogan Minor Blocked Trust Account which can be acquired through this link: http://www.firstent.org/savings-coogan_minor_blocked_accounts.shtml