Work Permit

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Permit fee: $10.00 (Check or Cash)

Minors 12 to 15 years of age are required to have a work permit in order to work in most gainful occupations. Effective June 23, 2017, minors 16 and 17 years old no longer need a work permit.  For more information, please click here

Work Permits may be obtained from the County Clerk's Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The following information must be provided to the permit officer before a work permit can be issued:

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate, baptismal certificate, or Wisconsin ID card)
  • Letter from the employer stating the job duties to be performed
  • Parent/guardian written consent
  • Social Security card
  • $10.00 permit fee (Employer must reimburse the minor for this cost no later than the minor's first paycheck
  • Minor, or a parent or guardian, must sign the permit

Work Permit Request Form [PDF]

For more information about Child Labor Permits, visit the Department of Workforce Development's Website.

The only exceptions for obtaining a child labor permit are the following:

  • Minors employed in agriculture
  • Minors working in or around the home and not in connection with the employer's business
  • Volunteer work for a non-profit organization and not as an employee
  • Public entertainment or exhibition
  • Street trades for fund raising for nonprofit organizations, private or public schools
  • Apprentices under Chapter 106 of the Wis. Statutes

Maximum Hours of Work
for 14 & 15 year-old minors

After Labor Day
through May 31

June 1 through
Labor Day

Daily Hours

Non-School Days

8 hours

8 hours

School Days

3 hours

3 hours

Weekly Hours

18 hours

40 hours

Permitted Time of Day




Employers subject to both federal and state laws must comply with the more stringent section of the two laws.

State child labor laws prohibit work during times that minors are required to be in school, except for students participating in work experience and career exploration programs operated by the school.

Minors under 16 years of age are limited to the maximum hours and time of day restrictions even though they may work for more than one employer during the same day or week.

Minors under 18 years of age may not work more than 6 consecutive hours without having a 30-minute, duty free meal period.

Minimum wage for minors is $7.25 per hour. Employers may pay an "Opportunity Wage" of $5.90 per hour for the first 90 days of employment. On the 91st day, the wage must increase to $7.25 per hour.

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