To begin the process of seeking a minor work permit, the parent/guardian should contact their school district or Regional Office of Education in their area to inquire if it can be obtained locally. If not, request can be made by contacting ISBE via email:
email@example.com or calling 312-814-2220 to request a virtual appointment. The request should include a contact telephone number to assist ISBE representative with scheduling and or responding to inquiries.
The ISBE representative will then contact the parent/guardian to schedule a virtual appointment which should include the minor(s). During the appointment scheduling, the representative will inform the parent/guardian of the required documentation (listed below), how and when to submit the documentation, the meeting platform and will answer any additional information as needed.
At the time of the virtual meeting, the ISBE representative will review documents with the parent/guardian and minor for verification purposes and to ensure the potential employment meets the IL Department of Labor, Child Labor Law guidelines. A minor permit will be issued electronically to the parent/guardian if all requirements are met. The Illinois Department of Labor will receive a copy of the minor permit as well. The permit is valid for 1 year from the time of issuance for the specified employer listed.
In cases where there are any document discrepancies or some concerns about the potential employment, the parent/guardian will be asked to provide revised or additional information before a minor work permit can be issued.
The following scanned documents must should be submitted to
firstname.lastname@example.org prior to scheduled appointment (2 -3 days at minimum)
INTENT TO EMPLOY LETTER
A letter from the prospective employer on letterhead stationery, signed with an actual signature by the employer or agent stating the type of work and work schedule of potential minor.
PROOF OF AGE (ORIGINAL)
An original birth certificate issued by the city, county, state, or hospital is preferred. If the original birth certificate is not available, we will accept one of the following: Baptismal certificate, passport, insurance policy or notice of birth registration.
ORIGINAL SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
STATE ID OR VALID DRIVERS LICENSE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN
A signed written statement from the parent or guardian approving the child’s employment.
MEDICAL STATEMENT (NOTE FROM PHYSICIAN)
A signed physician’s statement on the physician’s or health institution’s letterhead or stamp indicating based on an examination performed within one year of the date or work permit application, the child is physically fit to be employed in all legal occupations. Electronic Signature notation acceptable.
PRINCIPAL’S STATEMENT (WAIVED DURING SUMMER MONTHS WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION)
A signed principal’s statement on school letterhead, stamp or seal stationery verifying the school-age child is active and in good standing academically at school when school is in session.
PROOF OF A COOGAN OR UTMA ACCOUNT (Blocked Trust Account)
Applies to minors applying for a performing, acting, or modeling work permit.
Waived for background work.
Examples of financial institutions to offer these accounts:
- Actors Federal Credit Union
- First Entertainment Credit Union
- SAG/AFTRA Federal Credit Union
- Wells Fargo
- Chase Bank
- US Bank