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All students under the age of 18 who have not received their diplomas must obtain a work permit prior to starting employment.

To obtain your Work Permit:

  1. Download a “Request for Work Permit and Statement of Intent to Employ Minor” form.
  2. Employer completes and signs Section 1 (“Statement of Employer”).
  3. Complete Section 2 (“Statement of Parent or Guardian Regarding Minor”) and obtain a signature from your parent/guardian.
  4. Bring your completed Request form to your school site. A 24 hour turn around may apply for processing of work permits.

Please note:  Students must be present with identification when the work permit is issued.  Incomplete forms will delay processing your Work Permit.  Parents may not sign for students.




Q:  If I’ve graduated from high school, do I need a work permit?
A:  Once a minor is no longer subject to the state’s compulsory education laws, he/she is not considered a minor for purposes of the state’s child labor laws (labor code 1286[c]).  Therefore, a high school graduate does not require a permit and may work in any occupation.

Q:  If I have more than one job, do I need more than one work permit?
A:  Yes, you will need a separate work permit for each job that you hold.

Q:  When do work permits expire?
A:  Summer 2019 work permits expire five days after the beginning of the next school year (9/1/2019).

Q:  Can my parent/guardian bring in my Request for Work Permit and be issued a work permit?
A:  No, you must bring in your Request for Work Permit after it has been completed.  The student must be present when the work permit is issued AND bring picture ID. 

Q:  Can I start working when my employer signs the Request for Work Permit?
A:  No, you must have the work permit issued first before you can begin working.

Q:  What ages are required to have a work permit?
A:  Any student under the age of 18 who has not graduated from high school must have a work permit on file.

Q:  Can I get a work permit at my high school?
A:  Yes, during the summer, work permits are issued at the school sites only. 



The following restrictions and spread of hours are for summer employment and considered vacation permits.

  • 16 and 17 year olds: 8 hours per day with a maximum of 48 hours per week.
  • 14 and 15 year olds:  8 hours per day with a maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • 12 and 13 year olds: May be employed only during school holidays and vacations.  Employment is restricted to certain household occupations, messengers, delivery, and agriculture.