Work Permits

A work permit is a legal document required by the state of California that allows a person less than 18 years of age to hold a job. If you are employed and you are under the age of 18, you must apply for a work permit. Work permits are issued at the discretion of the school administration; if attendance or grades are poor, the work permit may not be issued, or, if the student already has a work permit, it may be revoked. In order for a work permit to be issued and retained, a student must have a current grade of at least C in every class and have regular attendance and good behavior.

There are four steps in obtaining a work permit:

  1. Obtain a Request for Work Permit application in the Silverado Media Center (or the application form may be downloaded from the California State Department of Education. Please print both pages; "General Summary of Minors' Work Regulations must be attached to application).
  2. Fill out the personal information at the top of the application, get your prospective employer to fill out the information required in the middle portion, and have a parent or guardian sign the bottom portion of the application.
  3. Return the completed work permit application via e-mail to the Silverado, Office Manager, at Please allow 48 hours to process the Work Permit. Your Work Permit will be returned  back to you via the provided e-mail.
  4. Bring the typed work permit back to your employer.

California state laws govern length and range of hours that minors may work and also the kinds of jobs that are restricted for minors. Please check the California Child Labor Laws for specific information or e-mail Mrs. Amy Haas at Silverado High at

Entertainment Work Permits are issued through the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). The closest office is in Santa Ana (714-558-4910). The form which must be filled out is available online at the DLSE website. The application requires an administrator's signature and an official school seal from the student's school of record.

View the PowerPoint: Students' Rights in the Workplace