Work Permits

Illinois Department of Labor Work Permits

Child Labor Law regulates the employment of workers under 16 years of age.  The law protects children by:

  • Requiring employment certificates. The certificate confirms that a minor is old enough work (must be 14 years old except for models/actors), physically capable to do the job, and that the job will not interfere with the minor’s education;
  • Prohibiting work in hazardous occupations; and
  • Limiting work hours. All work before 7 A.M. and after P.M. is prohibited.  However, work until 9 P.M. is allowed from June 1st through Labor Day.


Obtaining a Work Permit

In order to apply, you must:

  • Complete the Work Permit Application;
  • Provide a letter of intent from the employer or have employer complete section III of the application;
  • Provide proof of physical dated within 12 months; and
  • Provide a copy of official Birth Certificate

Bring all completed paperwork to the ROE Quincy Office - Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

NOTE: Both, parent and student, must be present to complete this process.