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Work Permits

How Do I Get a Work Permit?

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.

There are four steps in obtaining a work permit:

  1. Download a Work Permit Application from the California State Department of Education website.
  2. Fill out the personal information at the top of the application, have the employer fill out the information required in the middle portion and have one parent or guardian sign the bottom portion of the application.
  3. Submit the completed application to one of the following locations based on time:
    • Currently, through July 1st - Completed applications may be sent to Renee Derakhshanian at derakhshanianr@svusd.org.
    • The week of July 5th – 8th - Completed applications need to be submitted in person to the SVUSD District Office Receptionist at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo
    • District Office and School Site Offices are closed on Fridays - 6/11/21 through 7/23/21.
    • July 12th through July 26th - Work permits should be submitted online to Renee Derakhshanian at derakhshanianr@svusd.org. She will process them electronically and return them to students/parents.
    • Starting July 26th - Return the completed work permit application to your Guidance Counselor in the Guidance Office where the work permit will be processed.  Emails and counselors designated by alpha-cut are linked below, but additional contact information is available on our Contacts page.

      Last Name



      Julie Earnest


      Janelle Gusiff


      JeNell Gandy


      Cecilia Araujo


      Jennifer Frisk

  4. Bring the completed work permit back to your employer.

Please allow 48 hours to process Work Permits. If you have any questions, please ask your guidance counselor.

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