Getting a work permit in Iowa 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 Iowa. 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 state of Iowa is responsible for the production of one tenth of the nation’s food supply, however the products manufactured in Iowa are valued at two times greater than its agriculture. Iowa has a lot going on. Youth in Iowa are able to start gaining work experience at the age of 14 with a work permit (required for those under 16). While minors residing in Iowa do not have to obtain a work permit at the ages of 16 and 17, employers can choose to require a work permit for minors that are under 18. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Iowa.
Minors aged 14 and 15 who are seeking employment in Iowa must obtain a work permit prior to beginning employment. The process for obtaining a work permit is simple; the required form to complete for the work permit is accessible online and a link is provided below. Youth aged 14 and 15 who are interested in working should take the following steps:
The work permit in Iowa is completed for a specific employer and job. Should a youth aged 14 or 15 choose to seek new employment, they will have to obtain a new work permit for that particular employer and opportunity.
In Iowa once an employer has decided they would like to hire a minor aged 14 or 15, the minor and their parent/guardian will complete the appropriate sections, and bring the work permit application to the future employer. The employer should then do the following:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors aged 14 and 15 in Iowa is simple and should not deter minors from seeking and obtaining employment. Iowa’s Division of Labor website offers clear instructions for all who participate in the process of hiring a minor, making it easy for minors and employers.