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 7:00 am and after 7:00 pm is prohibited. However, work until 9:00 pm 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 your school’s Principal’s Statement to Issuing Office on school letterhead, (sample included in work permit application link above),
- Provide original social security card,
- Provide proof of physical dated within 12 months; and
- Provide a copy of official birth certificate
Bring all completed paperwork to the ROE Office - Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
NOTE: Both, parent and student, must be present to complete this process.
Appointments are required- please call the Quincy office: 217-277-2080 or our Jacksonville office: 217-243-1804 ext 1.
Safety First – Common Prohibited Occupations
Work is Prohibited IN ANY CAPACITY:
- On premises where liquor is served.
- Occupations at filling or service stations, including the retail portion thereof.
- Occupations requiring the use of power-driven machinery.
- Most occupations in logging and saw milling.
- Any occupation in construction, including demolition and repair.
- Occupations involving the use of ladders, scaffolds, or their substitutes.
- Occupations involving contact with moving vehicles.
- Occupations involving laundry, dry-cleaning or rug cleaning equipment.
- For a complete list please refer to the Child Labor Law, 820-ILCS 205/1-22.