Work Permit

The Illinois Department of Labor oversees the safety of minors in Illinois by regulating the employment of workers under 16 years of age. The law protects children by limiting working hours, prohibiting work in hazardous occupations, and requiring employment certificates (820 ILCS 205/1-22 Child Labor Law).

In an effort to streamline the employment certificate process, the Department is moving towards a paperless system.  Employment Certificates for Minors will only be available online. Hard copies of employment certificate forms will no longer be provided by the Department.  Only the issuing officers may access the electronic form.

  • When school is in session, please contact your school counselor to issue a work permit. 
  • During summer months, you may contact your Regional Office of Education to issue a work permit.


 Certificate of Physical Fitness

 Work Permit Letter of Intent

 Work Permit FAQs


Web Resources

Child Labor Law