Do I need a license to babysit in New Mexico?

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Do I need a license to babysit in New Mexico?

I’m 11 and live in Albuquerque. Do I need any kind of license to babysit/tutor?
What about to sell things? How would I be able to make money at my age?

Asked on August 20, 2018 under Business Law, New Mexico


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You are a very ambitious person and your drive and determination will likely take you far in life.  I believe that New Mexico has a minimum age for babysitting as age 10 but honestly, many parents look for older kids.  What you can do is be a Mother's Helper, around to play with kids in a home or out at the park while the mother is present to give her a break. You do not need a license.  You could also walk dogs to make some money.  If you excel in any subject the tutoring is always an option.  Again, though, some parents look for older kids.  I would ask your parents to help put out the word for you as a helper.  Or some other adult who has children can maybe help.  I would go and see if there is a local course in life saving you can take.  Being certified is always something parents will see as a plus.  Good luck.

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