Student Work Permits

The Illinois Department of Labor oversees the safety of minors in Illinois by regulating the employment of workers under 16 years of age. The law protects children by limiting working hours, prohibiting work in hazardous occupations, and requiring employment certificates (820 ILCS 205/1-22 Child Labor Law).

The law protects children by:

  • Requiring an employment certificate, which confirms that a minor is old enough to work (must be 14 years old except for models/actors), physically capable to do the job, and that job will not interfere with the minor's education;
  • Prohibiting work on premises where alcohol is served or in hazardous occupations*, and
  • Limiting work hours.
    • All work before 7am and after 7pm between Labor Day and June 1 is prohibited. It is 9pm from June 1 to Labor Day.
    • Cannot work more than 8 hours on non-school days or more than 3 hours on school days.
    • Cannot work more than 24 hours on school weeks or more than 28 hours during non-school weeks.
    • Cannot work more than 6 days a week.

To obtain a Work Permit, complete all the forms contained within the Work Permit Packet below and submit to the school counselor during the school year. During summer months, the Regional Office of Education is the Issuing Officer.

Required Procedures and Forms