Effective March 26, 2020 - Work Permit Holiday
Changes to Wisconsin's child labor law remove the requirement that 16- and 17-year-old minors obtain work permits prior to beginning work. This law also changes the terminology to be used and refers to the "employment of minors" instead of "child labor."
Effective June 23, 2017,
For more information, you can read the full text of Act 11.
Work permits are issued at various locations throughout the state. You may apply for a work permit at your school office or call (608) 266-6860 for information on where in your area you may apply for a work permit.
NOTE: The permit will not be issued if the work is prohibited by law.
To obtain a work permit, either the minor alone or the minor and a parent must visit the permit officer, taking with them:
We may accept a valid operator's license or an identification card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as proof of a minor's age. This means that we may now accept either a duly attested birth certificate, a verified baptismal certificate, or a driver’s license or photo ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The employer must reimburse the $10.00 permit fee to the minor by no later than the date of the first paycheck.
Copies of the permit go to the employer and the minor, in addition to the school district where the minor is enrolled.