How to Get a Work Permit in California


Each state has specific laws and regulations when it comes to minors being employed. In the state of California, minors are required to obtain a work permit before they can be employed and start working. A minor is defined as a person in the California who is under the age of 18. Minors must get permission from their parents to obtain a work permit unless they've been emancipated. There is a relatively simple process for obtaining a work permit in California.

  • Contact your school to obtain a work permit form. This form is issued by the California Department of Education and is called "Statement of Intent to Employ Minor and Request for Work Permit."

  • Complete the information on the form, including your name, contact information, and business where you plan to work.

  • Ask your parent or guardian to verify the information and sign the form.

  • Ask your employer to complete the appropriate section and to sign the form.

  • Return the form to your school to receive your work permit.

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