Effective 1/1/2020 Public Act 101-0526 
Sec. 12.5. Child performers; trust fund.
(B) In addition to the requirements of Section 12, the person authorized to issue employment certificates must determine that a trust account, established by the child performer's parent or guardian, that meets the requirements of subsection (c) has been established designating the minor as the beneficiary of the trust account before an employment certificate for work as a child performer may be issued for a minor under the age of 16 years.

Full act (820 ILCS 205/) Child Labor Law.

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 school district office for a list of their issuing officers.

If you are coming to the Regional Office of Education for your work permit or certificates, they are issued between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call the office to verify the required documents before you arrive.

To submit Work Permit Application paperwork, please fill out this form.
If you have questions please contact Kelly Wipper at 847-665-0603 or email



Intention to employ signed by the prospective employer on employer letterhead

Evidence of age
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certification of Baptism
  • Other means pursuant (820 ILCS 205/12) 12-2-C. see also 12-2-D
Principal’s Statement To Issuing Officer Form downloaded here.(during school holidays when the principal is not available, the form can then be signed by the regional superintendent of schools or by a person designated by him/her for that purpose)

School physical or Statement of physical fitness (must be within a year of obtaining the work permit and state the minor is healthy to work. We cannot accept physicals that do not have this statement from the doctor in the remarks box).
You can download Statement of physical fitness form here. 


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

IDOL Employment Certificates for Minors

If you have any further questions concerning this procedure, please feel free to contact us at 847-665-0609
or 847-665-0589.

If you have any questions concerning Illinois Child Labor Laws, please contact the Child Labor Hotline at