Effective 1/1/2020 Public Act 101-0526 
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. Work permits are valid for 1 year and for 1 employer.
During the school year, all permits can be issued through the school district where the child resides. Please contact your child's district office for a list of their issuing officers.
Please note: Work permits and certificates are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call the office to verify the required documents before you arrive.


  • Birth Certificate

  • Social Security Card

  • Letter of intent to hire from the prospective employer

  • A statement on doctor’s letterhead stating the date the physical was performed (must be within a year of obtaining the work permit).  The statement must be signed by the doctor and state that the minor is in satisfactory health status and able to work.

  • Principal form verifying satisfactory academic status (this form is required during the school year only)

  • Work Permit Application Form (PDF) (this application is also available at our office)

  • Illinois law requires that both the child and the parent be present when applying for the work permit.

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.

To verify age, please show one of the following:


  • Baptismal or Bible records

  • Birth Certificate

  • Passport

Further Information

The person applying must have the employer name and address.

Parent need not be present at time of application.


If you have any further questions concerning this procedure, please feel free to contact us at 847-665-0603
or 847-665-0609.

If you have any questions concerning Illinois Child Labor Laws, please contact the Child Labor Hotline at 800-645-5784. 

Regional Office of Education
800 Lancer Lane E-128
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-543-7833

Educational Services
19525 W. Washington
St. Grayslake, IL 60030

Phone: 847-223-3400

Attendance & Truancy
19525 W. Washington
St. Grayslake, IL 60030

Phone: 847-223-3400

Regional Safe School Program
1415 27th Str.
Zion IL, 60099

Phone: 847-872-1900