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Work Permit

Work permits or employment certificates must be obtained for all minors 14 and 15 years of age before beginning work.


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

  1. requiring employment certificates. The certificate confirms that a minor is old enough to work, physically capable to perform the job, and that the job will not interfere with the minor's education;

  2. prohibiting work in hazardous occupations; and

  3. limiting working hours. All work before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. is prohibited. However, work until 9 p.m. is allowed from June 1 through Labor Day.

  4. Requiring that a child performer in an artistic or creative service have a trust fund set up in their name where 15% of their gross earnings will be deposited.


Child Labor Law - Illinois Department of Labor provides information about laws governing child labor. 


Child Labor Law FAQ - Illinois Department of Labor Frequently Asked Questions


Please check Child Labor Law Compliance for required procedures, hours restrictions, exemptions, and hazardous occupations. 


Work Permit Application - This is a fillable PDF form that you will fill out and bring with you to our office for your appointment. The document must be signed by the minor’s parent/guardian in our office in front of the issuing officer. 


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (815) 434-0780.


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