Is A Work Permit Required For Employment Of A Minor?

A work permit is required for anyone under 16. To get a work permit, the minor takes proof of age to his/her own superintendent of schools. The superintendent sends the application to the Wage and Hour Division of the Bureau of Labor Standards for approval. The minor cannot work until the permit is approved.

A separate work permit is required for each place of employment. Minors can have one active permit during the school year and two during the summer.

In order to apply for a work permit, the minor must be enrolled in school; not habitually truant or under suspension; and passing a majority of courses during the current grading period.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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