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Obtaining Work Permits

IMPORTANT NOTICEWork Permits will not be issued during the following timeframe: June 22 through June 30, 2020. Any requests received during that timeframe, will be processed after July 1, 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently revised portions of the Child Labor Law. Please carefully review the information below about the new requirements for Work Permit Applications. Each school district is responsible for issuing work permits to all minors who reside in the District including those who attend non-public schools, cyber charter schools, or are participating in a home education program.

Work Permits may be obtained electronically (during mandated closure):

Can I still obtain working papers for employment? Yes, there is a process in place for parents/students who need to secure working papers. 

  • The work permit application will be filled out electronically and e-mailed to with a picture of acceptable proof of age (passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • An e-mail will be sent back to confirm receipt of all documents, or to let the parent know what is still needed.
  • The blue work permit will be mailed (USPS) to the student’s home address.

Please allow at least 2 weeks for this process. Only one blue work permit is to be issued – please keep it in a safe place and do not give to the employer.

Under the new Child Labor Law, there will only be one work permit rather than three. The new work permit will apply to all minors age 14 through 17 and can be used for more than one employer.

The minor must be present with his/her guardian when applying for a work permit. Work Permits will not be issued if the minor is not present to sign the Work Permit in the presence of the Issuing Officer.

Evidence of age will be required for all minors applying for a work permit. To help expedite your visit, please bring the original of at least one of the following approved documents which must be presented to the issuing Office.

  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Passport
  • Other documentary evidence such as a parent/guardian affidavit accompanied by physician's statement of opinion as to the age of the minor

Under the new Child Labor Law, neither the employer nor a physician will need to sign an application for a work permit. The new law does require that an applicant's parent or legal guardian sign an application for a work permit.

How to Get Working Papers

  • Obtain an Application for Employment Certificate or Transferable Work Permit from the District Administration Office (DAO)    or    download the form here. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open and view the file.
  • For individuals who are under 16 years of age, a written statement by the minor's parent or legal guardian acknowledging understanding of the duties and hours of employment and granting permission to work subject to the provisions of 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities). The form titled LLC-75 Parental Acknowledgement of Minor's Duties and Hours of Employment can be found on the Department of Labor and Industry's website here.
  • For the employment of any minor under 18, in compliance with the Pennsylvania Child Labor Act in a performance where a minor models or renders artistic creative expression in a live performance, radio, television, movie, Internet, publication, documentary, reality programming, or other broadcast medium that is transmitted to an audience, please download the LLC-12 Application for Minors in Performances. If you wish to request a waiver from entertainment provisions of the Child Labor Act, please fill out the LLC-12, Application for Minors in Performances and send it to the Bureau no later than 48 hours prior to the time needed for the waiver to be acted on. The document can be found here.
  • After completion of the Application for Employment Certificate and Parental Acknowledgement of Minor's Duties and Hours of Employment, please bring all required documents to the District Administration Office   (DAO)  to be processed.