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.

ROE #21 has Department of Labor Issuing Officers available in each office. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment. 

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.


Child Labor Hotline: 800.645.5784
Child Labor Law Information: 312.793.2804


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