Texas Child Labor Laws – Sales Solicitation Occupations


Under Texas child labor laws, employers may not employ children to sell items or services or solicit donations, except for exempt organizations and businesses owned and operated by a part or guardian, if the child is:

  • under 14 years of age; and
  • unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

TX Code 51.014(d); TX Code 51.0145(e)



Before an employer may employ a child in sales and solicitation occupations, it must:

  • at least seven days before the child is to begin work, obtain the signed consent of a parent or guardian on a form provided by the Texas Workforce Commission
  • provide the consenting parent or guardian:
    • a map of the route the child will following while soliciting; and
    • the name of each individual who will be supervising each solicitation trip;
  • provide at each location at least one adult supervisor for every three youth participating in the soliciation trip;
  • limits the solicitation trip to:
    • no later than 7 p.m. on any day when the child is legally required to be in school; and
    • the hours between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on all other days.

TX Code 51.0145(c); TX Admin. Code 817.24(a)

Employers must limit solicitation trips to within a radius of no greater than thirty miles from a child’s home, unless a parent or guardian signs a consent form in advance specifficaly approving a greater distance. TX Admin. Code 817.24(c)

For purposes of this restriction on child labor, the term solicit mean an action of a child to:

  • sell goods or services in a setting other than a retail establishment;
  • request donations; or
  • distribute items, information, or advertising.

TX Code 51.0145(a)(2)

Exempt organizations include:

  • charitable organizations as defined by TX Code 84.003
  • an organization subject to Texas’s Election Code
  • a club, organization, or other group engaged in a fund-raising activity for the club, organization, or group if the activity is sponsored by a public or private primary or secondary school.

TX Code 51.014(e); TX Code 51.0145(a)(1)