Work Permits

photo by Retha Ferguson

After you get the job, you will need to get a work permit if you are under 18. Here are the steps:

  1. Fill out the work permit (Application to Employ Minors Form).
  2. Give it to your employer to fill out.
  3. Have your parent(s) sign it.
  4. Bring the form and your identification such as a birth certificate, driver’s license, or baptismal certificate to your school or school board office.
  5. Employers have to abide by certain rules. If the employer has bad work conditions for a minor, then your work permit could be denied. Luckily this doesn’t happen often.
  6. Bring the work permit back to your employer for their files


If you are 14-17 years old

  • Your employer must provide you with an uninterrupted break of at least 30 minutes for every 5-hour work period.
  • You can work 40 hours a week only from June 1 – Labor Day (basically summer break).
  • Only during the summer can students work between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am.

There are tighter rules for 14 and 15-year-olds

  • You can only work for 3 hours on a school day.
  • You cannot work more than 18 hours during a school week.

You can only work an 8-hour shift on a non-school day.

Take our step by step approach to land that job, from writing a resume and cover letter, to organizing your job search, and rocking that interview.