Getting a work permit in Missouri 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 Missouri. 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.
Missouri shares a border with eight states, tying it with Tennessee as the most neighborly state. Laws are friendly to minors in Missouri, where youth as young as 14 are able to seek employment. A work permit (called a work certificate in Missouri) is required for all minors under the age of 16 who would like to obtain employment, and obtaining one requires following a simple process. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Missouri.
The process to obtain a work permit or work certificate in Missouri is not challenging. For youth aged 14 and 15 a work certificate is required, however the process to obtain one is straightforward. There are two different work certificate forms; one is for work during the school term, and it is in blue. The second is for work when school is not in session, and that form is yellow. The form used will depend on whether or not school is in session, however, the instructions are the same. Both forms may be accessed here. Minors under the age of 16 who are seeking to work in Missouri should take the following steps to obtain a work permit/employment certificate:
The work permit or employment certificate is specific for the employer and position that the minor will be hired for. Should the minor under the age of 16 seek a new opportunity, they will have to obtain a new work permit.
While minors aged 14 and 15 are able to obtain employment, they must have a work permit or employment certificate in order to begin working. The first step for the minor is to find an employer who is willing to hire them. Once the minor has located an employer who is willing to hire them, the employer must complete Section B on the “Certificate to Employ a Child 14 or 15 Years of Age” form. In regards to work permits, employers in Missouri have the following responsibilities:
Employers in Missouri who are interested in hiring minors should not find it difficult to do so. The process that the employer needs to follow is straightforward and their role in the minor aged 14 or 15 obtaining a work permit is minimal. The employer is required to follow child labor laws and must have an employment certificate on file prior to allowing the minor to begin work.