Getting a work permit in the District of Columbia is much easier than most teens think, but the entire process can be pretty confusing if you've never done it before. Because of this, we've created this page which outlines everything you need to know about getting a work permit in the District of Columbia. If you're under the age of 16, a work permit is required to work part-time at any company, so follow what we've outlined here and you can get a job in no time.
The District of Columbia is 68.25 square miles, which is smaller in area than any US state. The population of those 68.25 square miles, as of 2013, is 646,449; more people than in the entire state of Wyoming. And of course a good number of those individuals are teenagers who are interested in gaining experience and earning money. In the District of Columbia, minors as young as 14 are able to seek employment. All teenagers under the age of 18 who are looking to work in the District of Columbia must obtain a work permit prior to doing so. Once the minor has obtained the work permit, they are able to begin working. When working with minors, employers have to follow teen labor laws; click here for more information on teen labor laws in the District of Columbia.
While minors as young as 14 are able to work in the District of Columbia, all teens under the age of 18 must obtain a work permit (also called an employment certificate) prior to doing so. Obtaining a work permit/employment certificate is straightforward and should not present an obstacle for minors seeking to work before they reach adulthood. To obtain a work permit, minors should do the following:
In the District of Columbia, work permits, or employment certificates, are specific to the particular employer. Should a minor choose to seek new employment, they will have to obtain a new work permit.
While minors as young as age 14 are able to work in the District of Columbia, all teenagers under the age of 18 must obtain a work permit/employment certificate prior to beginning work. In regards to work permits, employers in the District of Columbia have the following responsibilities:
Employers in District of Columbia who are looking to hire teenagers under the age of 18 will not find it difficult to do so. The process that the employer needs to follow is straightforward and the employer’s role is minimal in the minor obtaining the work permit/employment certificate. The employer is required to follow child labor laws and must have a work permit on file prior to allowing the minor to begin work.