Getting a work permit in Illinois 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 Illinois. 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.
Often what comes to mind when thinking about employment for teenagers is working at the local McDonalds. Illinois, specifically Des Plaines, is home to the first ever McDonalds. Regardless of where a teenager in Illinois wants to work for their first job, they are able to begin working at the age of 14. A “Minor Employment Certificate” or work permit, is required for minors aged 14 and 15 in order for them to begin working.
The process to obtain a “Minor Employment Certificate” in Illinois requires multiple steps, though the instructions are clear. Teenagers seeking the opportunity to earn money in Illinois will be able to demonstrate their interest in gaining employment by following the required steps to receive the necessary documentation. Once the “Minor Employment Certificate” is obtained, it should be filed and accessible by the employer. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Illinois.
There are several steps to obtaining a “Minor Employment Certificate” or work permit in Illinois. Minors aged 14 and 15 will have to complete several additional documents prior to applying for their “Minor Employment Certificate”, to include a “Certificate of Physical Fitness” and the “Principal’s Statement to Issuing Officer”. These documents will need to be obtained prior to the minor applying for a “Minor Employment Certificate” or work permit. Minors aged 14 and 15 should take the following steps to obtain their “Minor Employment Certificate”:
The “Minor Employment Certificate” is employer-specific and cannot be transferred from one employer to another. Should a minor choose to seek a new opportunity, they will need to obtain a new “Minor Employment Certificate”.
In order for a minor aged 14 and 15 to obtain a “Minor Employment Certificate” in Illinois, their future employer must complete a statement of their intention to hire the minor. The employer may not put the minor to work until the minor has provided them with a copy of their “Minor Employment Certificate”. Once this has been received, the employer will have the following responsibilities:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors in Illinois is simple, with the directions being clear and written on the “Minor Employment Certificate” itself. Minors aged 14 and 15 who are interested in seeking employment will find that while there are multiple steps to complete in order to obtain the ability to work, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.