Getting a work permit in Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico. 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.
Puerto Rico has two official languages; English and Spanish, however Spanish is more dominant. This is evident as the website for the Puerto Rico Department of Labor is completely in Spanish! No matter what language they speak, teenagers in Puerto Rico are interested in obtaining employment, and fortunately, teens as young as 14 are able to do so. For all minors under the age of 18, a work permit, called an employment certificate in Puerto Rico, is required prior to their starting employment. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Puerto Rico.
While minors can begin working in Puerto Rico at the age of 14, all teenagers under the age of 18 must have an employment certificate prior to starting work. The process to obtain the employment certificate is simple. Minors who are seeking to work in Puerto Rico should take the following steps to obtain the employment certificate:
The employment certificate is employer and job specific. Should a minor seek a new employment opportunity, they must obtain a new employment certificate.
While minors as young as age 14 are able to work in Puerto Rico, all teenagers under the age of 18 must obtain an employment certificate prior to beginning work. In regards to employment certificates, employers in Puerto Rico have the following responsibilities:
Employers in Puerto Rico 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 employment certificate. 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.