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Due to the to COVID -19 outbreak, a remote application process has been put in place in lieu of the in-person interview process. ISBE will utilize the Zoom application or Facetime. If video conferencing is not available, ISBE will conduct the interview by the phone.

To begin the process of seeking a minor work permit, the parent/guardian should contact the ISBE by emailing workpermit@isbe.net to request an appointment. A representative from ISBE will then contact the parent/guardian to schedule the appointment. During the appointment scheduling, the parent/guardian will be informed of the requirement of having the minor present at the time of the scheduled appointment. The parent/guardian will also be informed to submit the required documentation listed below to workpermit@isbe.net.

During the remote meeting, the ISBE staff will review documents with the parent/guardian and minor. A minor permit, valid for 1 year from the time of issuance for the employer listed, 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. In cases where there are any document discrepancies, the parent/guardian will be asked to provide the information before a minor work permit can be issued.​​

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

The following scanned documents must be submitted to workpermit@isbe.net prior to the scheduled meeting. We will review these documents during the meeting.

  1. INTENT TO EMPLOY LETTER
    A letter from the prospective employer on letterhead stationery, signed by the employer or agent, stating the type of work and work schedule of potential minor.
  2. 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.
  3. ORIGNAL SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
  4. VALID DRIVERS LICENSE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN
  5. PARENTAL APPROVAL
    A signed written statement from the parent or guardian approving the child’s employment.
  6. MEDICAL STATEMENT (NOTE FROM PHYSICIAN)
    A signed physician’s statement on the physician’s or health institution’s letterhead 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.
  7. PRINCIPAL’S STATEMENT (WAIVED DURING SUMMER MONTHS)
    A signed principal’s statement on school letterhead stationery verifying the school-age child is active and in good standing academically at school when school is in session.
  8. PROOF OF COOGAN ACCOUNT (Blocked Trust Account)
    Applies to minors applying for a performing, acting, or modeling work permit.
    Examples of financial institutions to offer these accounts:
    Actors Federal Credit Union
    Wells Fargo
    Bank of America​​​

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