Work Permits

For a minor child (ages 0-15 years of age) to be able to work in Illinois, he or she must be issued a work permit. 

Please note:  Work permits and certificates are issued between the 

                    hours of 8:00AM-4:00PM.

Requirements for Work Permits for a Minor Child 0-15 years old:

1.  Birth Certificate

2.  Social Security Card

3.  Letter of intent to hire from the prospective employer

4.  Physical dated within one year stating satisfactory health status to work

5.  Principal form verifying satisfactory academic status

     (This form is required during the school year only.)

6.  A written application must be completed and signed by the minor AND the parent in our office.  Work permit application Form

     This application is also available at our office.

7.  Illinois law requires that BOTH the child and the parent be present when

     applying for the work permit.

Work Permits are valid for one year and for one employer

During the school year, all permits can be issued through the child's school district if he or she is enrolled in an Illinois public school.  Please contact your child's district office for a list of their issuing officers.

Age Certificates

Age Certificates are issued for a minor child (ages 16-20 years of age) for

employment purposes if a birth certificate is not official or available.

Requirements for Age Certificate for a Minor Child 16-20 years old:

1.  To verify age, please show one of the following:  Birth Certificate, Passport, Baptismal or Bible records.  If these are not available, please contact our office to verify if the documents that you have are acceptable.

2.  The person applying must have the employer name and address.

3.  Parent need not be present at time of application.

If you have any further question concerning this procedure,

please feel free to contact us at:

(847) 665-0603 or (847) 665-0609

If you have any question concerning Illinois Child Labor Laws,

please contact the Child Labor Hotline at:

(800) 645-5784