General Work Permit Information
A work permit is a legal document required by the state of California. You may get an application for a work permit from your school site or download an application. Work permits will be processed at your school site.
- Work Permit Applications must be signed by the employer.
- A parent or guardian must also sign the application.
- A social security number is required to process a work permit.
- Students need to bring the completed application along with their ID (Driver’s License, Passport, or copy of Birth Certificate).
- The completed “official” work permit is signed by the student and taken to his/her employer.
- Each new job requires a new work permit.
- There is no minimum GPA required for summer work permits.
- All summer work permits will expire 5 days after school begins.
At what age can I get a work permit?
Minors ages 12 through 17 are required to get work permits before starting a job. A minor under the age of 12 cannot receive a work permit except in the entertainment industry. There are a few exceptions to these rules. No work permit is required for the following jobs: (1) certain agricultural industry jobs, (2) odd jobs in private homes such as gardening and babysitting, (3) newspaper delivery jobs, and (4) self-employment.
Entertainment Work Permits
Entertainment Work Permits will not be issued during the summer.
Procedure for obtaining an “Entertainment Permit” in the summer:
- Download a work permit application.
- During summer, the “school record” section is left blank. Attach a copy of the minor’s recent report card. Send completed application, including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Division of Labor Standards, Entertainment Work Permits
c/o Entertainment Work Permits 6150 Van Nuys Blvd. Room 100
Van Nuys, CA 91401