Work Permit

Work Permit Requirements

Where can I get a Work Permit?

Work permits are issued at various locations throughout the state. You may apply for a work permit at your school office or call (608) 266-6860 for information on where in your area you may apply for a work permit.

NOTE: The permit will not be issued if the work is prohibited by law.

Work Permit Offices

Work Permit Offices in Wisconsin - includes the office location and phone number.

Work Permit Officer Handbook - updated June 2014.

How to Obtain a Work Permit

To obtain a work permit, either the minor alone or the minor and a parent must visit the permit officer, taking with them:

Proof of Minor's Age

We may accept a valid operator's license or an identification card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as proof of a minor's age. This means that we may now accept either a duly attested birth certificate, a verified baptismal certificate, or a driver’s license or photo ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

For the Employer - Permit Fee Requirement

The employer must reimburse the $10.00 permit fee to the minor by no later than the date of the first paycheck.

Copies of the permit go to the employer and the minor, in addition to the school district where the minor is enrolled.

Related Publications

Guide to Wisconsin's Child Labor Laws - For All Youth under 18 years of Age

Manufacturing & Construction Equipment & Wisconsin's Child Labor Laws