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Work Permits

Got a Job? Get a Work Permit! It's the Law.


To protect the safety of Illinois teenageers, and place a priority on their education, minors age 14 or 15 may work, but not without first obtaning an Emoloyment Certificate from their local high school or school administration office.  If you are over 16 the State of Illinois does not require a Work Permit but your employer may still request one. 

To Obtain a Work Permit from ROE # 17:

  1. See if your district issues work permits.  If not, ROE # 17 would be happy to.
  2. Contact Victoria Padilla at 309-888-5120 ext. 1209 or email ( to set up a time to turn in all of your documentation and receive your permit.    

     Required documentation due to ROE # 17: 
  • Letter of intent: a statement of intention to employ signed by the prospective employer, stating nature of work and approximate hours and number of days minor shall be employed each week.
  • Evidence of age: a birth certificate (original or certified), or a certificate of baptism.
  • A statement of physical fitness signed by a physician certifying that the minor is for to perform the job in question (within the last year).
  • Social Security Card.
  • Parent/Guardian must be present with minor child.


You may work:

During the school year:

  • Between 7 AM and 7 PM
  • Up to 3 hours per school day but no more than 8 hours per day when school and work hours are combined
  • Up to 8 hours on a non-school day
  • Up to 24 hours a week, but not more than six consecutive days

During summer break (June 1st through Labor Day):                                                

  • Between 7 AM and 9 PM
  • Up to 48 hours a week, but not more than six consecutive days


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